Julia Talsma, Content Channel Director
Julia Talsma is lead editor for Drug Topics magazine.
ASHP offers help with new PGY1 residency accreditation standard
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists offers two new guidance documents as well as online training to help with meeting the new ASHP Accreditation Standard for Postgraduate Year One Pharmacy Residency Programs.
Investigational vaccine for herpes zoster shows promise
An investigational vaccine for herpes zoster provided significant benefit to patients 50 and older, with little difference in efficacy among those in their 50s, 60s, and 70s, according to a phase 3 international trial [Zoster Efficacy Study in Adults 50 Years of Age or Older (ZOE-50)].
Opioid-dependent patients in ED need more than a treatment referral
When addiction treatment was added to the buprenorphine Rx the result was greatly improved outcomes.
Sierra Leone testing new Ebola vaccine
About 6,000 healthcare workers, including pharmacists, will be enrolled in a new clinical trial in Sierra Leone to test the safety and efficacy of the rVSV-ZEBOV candidate Ebola vaccine, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced.
Generic versions of Abilify approved for mental illness treatment
Four generic manufacturers (Alembic Pharmaceuticals, Hetero Labs, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Torrent Pharmaceuticals) received the go-ahead April 28 to market their generic versions for Abilify for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Deadline looms for Calif. hospital mandate of ASPs
Beginning in July, California hospitals are required to have an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) in place to evaluate the judicious use of antibiotics.
FDA approves first generic Copaxone for MS
FDA approved Sandoz’s generic version of Copaxone (glatiramer acetate injection) known as Glatopa, making it the first generic version of the drug available for patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.
Formal antibiotic stewardship programs work in children’s hospitals
Children’s hospitals with formal antibiotic stewardship programs helped reduce antibiotic use significantly following the 2007 release of guidelines for developing these programs, according to a report published in Pediatrics.
Women gain ground in pharmacy profession
Last year, more women than men were practicing pharmacy or working in pharmacy-related careers. And there were more women managers than ever before.
OTC remedies help ease tension headache, backache, arthritis pain
Where does it hurt? Chances are, someone has come up with a treatment for that.

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