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SMARxT Disposal launched

APhA and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) officials joined together at the APhA annual convention to announce the launch of SMARxT Disposal, a program to educate consumers about new prescription drug-disposal guidelines. Under the guidelines released by APhA in February and supported by the USFWS, EPA, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and other federal agencies, APhA recommends that most medications be thrown away and not flushed. The goal of the SMARxT Disposal program is to raise awareness about the potential environmental impact of both Rx and OTC medications as well as to disseminate the new disposal guidelines. According to officials with the SMARxT Disposal program, pharmacies will ?serve as the key educational intervention point.?

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ASHP wants pharmacists in hospital and health-system pharmacy to report problems they encounter with bar-coded medications. They want to know if those problems interrupt patient care or pharmacy efficiency.

Wyeth Pharmaceuticals has announced the FDA approval of BeneFIX R2 Kit

DermaFreeze365 Instant Line Relaxing Formula and DermaFreeze365 Neck and Chest. The products were recalled because certain lots tested positive for Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria.

Charleston, W.V., is the market with the highest incidence of people who purchased medicine for diabetes over the past year, according to Scarborough Research. Of consumers in this market, 15% are diabetes medication purchasers, followed by Knoxville, Tenn. (14%), Memphis (11%), Columbus, Ohio (11%), and Tulsa, Okla. (11%).

NACDS has sent a letter to The Wall Street Journal to correct information in an article entitled, "Medicaid Proposal Is Bitter Pill for Pharmacies."