Julia Talsma, Content Channel Director
Julia Talsma is lead editor for Drug Topics magazine.
FDA approves promising heart failure treatment
FDA approved sacubitril/valsartan (Entresto, Novartis), an angiotensin receptor neprilysin inhibitor (ARNI), a first-in-class drug for heart failure. It is indicated for patients whose condition is classified NYHA class II-IV, to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death and heart failure hospitalization.
ISMP calls for elimination of dosage cups with multiple scales
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) issued a warning in June to stop using dosing cups for liquid medicine that are embossed with scales for drams, ounces, teaspoon, and tablespoon measures. These measurement scales can be easily confused with the milliliter dosing scales.
Patients insured through public exchanges are less likely to comply with their meds
Patients enrolled in public health exchange plans have a harder time with medication adherence than those in traditional health plans, a recent Express Scripts report found.
Pharmacy groups request more time to comply with track/trace requirements
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the American Pharmacists Association, the National Community Pharmacists Association, and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations have asked the FDA to allow more time for pharmacists to comply with the track and trace requirements for “dispensers.”
FDA meetings in July to address naloxone use, reformulated OxyContin
At the first meeting, stakeholders will explore ways to make naloxone more widely available. At the joint meeting, participants will evaluate post-marketing data for reformulated OxyContin.
Targeted intervention improves ED prescribing for elderly
A targeted intervention at an urban Veterans Affairs Medical Center helped to improve the prescribing practices for elderly veterans discharged from the emergency department
FDA advisors favor new cholesterol-lowering drugs that target PCSK9
FDA advisory committee okays two monoclonal antibody formulations in two days for treatment of hypercholesterolemia.
Young people explore pharmacy careers through CVS' Pathways to Pharmacy
CVS Health has now introduced one million young people to pharmacy as a career possibility, and many of them have followed through.
Telepharmacy offers hospitals dramatic cost savings, reliable results
Telepharmacy offers hospitals dramatic cost savings, reliable results
24/7/365 in-house pharmacist coverage can result in a scheduling nightmare and high expense for hospitals. Telepharmacy offers another way to go.
Tom Brokaw to deliver keynote speech at NACDS Total Store Expo
The award-winning journalist and author will deliver the keynote address Sunday, August 23, at the Colorado Convention Center.

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