Continuing Pharmacy Education
The rundown: Management of acute and chronic diarrheaThe goal of this activity is to review the various risk factors, etiologies, and treatments of diarrhea as well as the pharmacist’s role in its management.
In this issue
Signs of a weakening pharmacist job marketAn expert with 35 years' academic and professional experience calls it like he sees it. 1976: Nation's supply of pharmacists is smaller than you thinkAn "outpouring of new pharmacy-school graduates." "Fears of a manpower glut." 2016 headlines? Nope. The year was 1976.
Provider status June 08, 2016By Fred GebhartWith provider status now a reality in 38 states, HR 592 and S 314 have powerful Congressional support. How long before the payers come on board?
Pharmacy education and provider statusA 60-year debate accompanied the elevation of pharmacy education to the doctoral level. When the provider status bill now moving through Congress is enacted into law, it will put paid to that particular conversation. Dear pharmacists: Are those white coats really necessary?Quasi-religious symbol? Sign of enforced conformity? Emblem of arrogance and superiority? Or simple professional attire? You decide. You’re a pharmacist, not a physician: Get your own titlePhysicians have been called "Doc" for so long that the terms are essentially identical. Why not designate pharmacists by a separate and distinct title?
Issues & Trends
FDA generics backlog improves, although criticism continues May 03, 2016By Christine BlankWhile many groups are criticizing the FDA backlog of generic drug approvals, the agency has released the numbers on approvals and tentative approvals for 2015. Generic treatment for chronic myeloid leukemia could save millions May 03, 2016By Christine BlankFive years of imatinib treatment for CML = >$100,000 saved per patient. Pharmacy leader treks across AmericaBruce Kneeland is on the hunt for unique indie pharmacies across the country. Addressing the global disease burden: FIP 2016FIP's 76th annual World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences takes place in Buenos Aires in August. This year's topic: The global disease burden. Hilliard named 2017-2018 APhA president-electAPhA has announced its new officers for 2017-2018. Patients, payers, and manufacturers’ drug coupons
June 10, 2016According to PBMs, those drug coupons are something else.
NCPA Congressional Pharmacy Summit advocates for clarity around Rx drug pricingMore than 300 pharmacists turned out to support H.R. 244, the “MAC Transparency Act," and H.R. 793, the “Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act of 2015.” Walgreens partners with MHA in mental health offeringA new mental health platform on the Walgreens website will offer consumers free online screening tools and links to providers of followup care.
How pharmacists are helping patients kick the habit June 10, 2016By Randy DotingaCVS decided to abandon tobacco sales in 2014. Plenty of community pharmacists were way ahead on that one.
FDA approves rolapitant to prevent chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomitingRolapitant is a novel NK1 receptor antagonist that maintains >90% receptor binding up to five days after a single 180-mg dose. FDA panel favors combo IR opioidWhile the panel recommended approval of the new product, it did not find sufficient evidence for abuse-deterrent labeling. USPSTF updates recommendations for aspirin useThe guidelines, which update the group's 2007 and 2009 recommendations, are published in the "Annals of Internal Medicine." FDA warns about oral antifungal use during pregnancy June 10, 2016By Christine BlankA Danish study has found a possibility of increased risk of miscarriage in pregnant women who use oral fluconazole to treat yeast infections. FDA issues a new warning about popular diabetes drug June 10, 2016By Christine BlankFDA approves a new indication, then issues strengthened warning about possible effects.
Regulatory & Legal
The dilemma of Molly’s mom: Pharmacists, technicians respondIn some professions, eternal vigilance comes with the territory. Combating the growing opioid epidemic with the “rescue shot”The movement to get naloxone into the hands of first responders, drug users, and their family members has found increasing support in state legislatures.
Product Updates for Pharmacists
Answers for acne, dry skin, and UV protectionMost pharmacy shelves stock numerous alternative treatments for simple skin problems. Here are a few of the newer ones.