Mark Lowery, Editor
Mark Lowery an Editor for Drug Topics magazine.
Pharmacist urges Congress to expand MTM coverage
A Rite Aid pharmacist last week urged a congressional committee to make more people eligible for medication therapy management (MTM) programs through Medicare and Medicaid coverage.
Pharmacy groups part of Obama’s plan to curb drug abuse
President Barack Obama has called for doctors and nurses employed by the federal government to receive training on prescribing opioids.
Minnesota flagging doctor shoppers to healthcare providers
Minnesota recently sent letters to more than 2,400 healthcare providers identifying patients who may be doctor shopping to obtain prescriptions for painkillers.
California governor signs Rx translation bill
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation into law that will require pharmacists throughout the state to provide prescription drug labels or medical instructions in five languages besides English.
U.S. prosecutors investigating Valeant Pharmaceuticals
Canadian drug maker Valeant Pharmaceuticals recently acknowledged that U.S. prosecutors have subpoenaed documents on its drug pricing.
Judge refuses to dismiss defamation lawsuit against CVS
A judge has ruled that a doctor’s defamation lawsuit against CVS Pharmacy can proceed, denying the chain’s argument that alleged comments from pharmacy employees were protected by a recognized privilege.
Committee to study issues facing women in pharmacy
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has formed a committee to study the unique challenges and issues faced by women in the pharmacy workforce.
Additional painkiller training mandated for Florida pharmacists
The Florida Board of Pharmacy recently approved a new rule mandating additional training for pharmacists in connection with the dispensing of controlled substances.
First Alaska-based pharmacy school program to start in 2016
The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is starting a pharmacy school program in partnership with Idaho State University (ISU). It will be the first pharmacy school entirely based in Alaska.
Cohen named dean of Touro College of Pharmacy
Henry Cohen has been named dean of the Touro College of Pharmacy and will begin his new job in January, the school recently announced