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Pharmacy News

New impurities lurking in some heart medications

Over the past few years, blood pressure medications have been recalled due to concerns about N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a probable carcinogen. But this may not be the only impurity to be worried about in these medications. As drug companies have addressed the NDMA issue, they have also found new potentially dangerous chemicals known as azido impurities.

FDA takes steps to improve quality, safety of sunscreens

FDA is working to improve the quality, safety, and efficacy of sunscreens as part of its implementation of new authorities for certain OTC drugs.

Federal government makes two announcements with major pharmacy implications in 24 hours

September 9, 2021, was a busy day for the federal government and pharmacy stakeholders alike: Just a few hours apart, we saw significant developments in pharmacists’ COVID-19 pandemic practice authorities and prescription drug pricing. Both items yielded positive news for pharmacists and their patients.

Tocilizumab in short supply due to pandemic

Some individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are treated with a monthly infusion of the biologic tocilizumab (Actemra—Genentech). However, the drug is now in short supply because of the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Survey: One-third of consumers would ignore laws against buying from online pharmacies

According to a new survey from the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP) Global Foundation, almost half of Americans gamble with their lives to buy medication from online sources—even though the overwhelming majority of them operate illegally. That’s just one of the alarming findings from the organization’s 2021 survey of American perceptions and use of online pharmacies, which was commissioned from Abacus Data.

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