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Study finds growing support to allow pharmacists to write prescriptions
News-Medical.net (06/20/2018)
There is growing support to allow pharmacists to prescribe medications, according to a British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology review of a large number of studies in many countries. The review indicates that diverse groups of stakeholders—including pharmacists, patients, doctors, nurses,…
Jun 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
New shingles vaccine is highly effective, long-lasting -- and in short supply
Washington Post (06/20/18) Sun, Lena
There is a national shortage of the new and more effective vaccine zoster vaccine recombinant (Shingrix—GlaxoSmithKline) to protect older adults from shingles. The vaccine has been recommended by CDC for healthy adults start to receiving the vaccine at age 50 years, a decade earlier than the…
Jun 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Ertugliflozin for type 2 diabetes
Journal of the American Medical Association (06/19/18) Vol. 319, No. 23, P. 2434
Ertugliflozin (Steglatro—Merck) has been granted FDA approval for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in adult patients. Like the three other sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors sanctioned before it, the drug works by regulating renal glucose reabsorption and stimulating urinary…
Jun 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Sarepta gets boost from early trial results on muscular dystrophy treatment
Wall Street Journal (06/19/18) Al-Muslim, Aisha
An early stage trial of a gene therapy Sarepta Therapeutics showed promise in its ability to treat patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Sarepta said study results showed the therapy helped patients with the crippling disease significantly reduce levels of creatine kinase, an enzyme associated…
Jun 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Methadone and buprenorphine reduce risk of death after opioid overdose
NIH News Release (06/19/18)
An NIH-funded study found that treatment of opioid use disorder with either methadone or buprenorphine following a nonfatal opioid overdose is associated with significant reductions in opioid related mortality. The research was co-funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the…
Jun 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
WBA to join Dow Jones Industrial Average
Chain Drug Review (06/20/18)
Before the open of trading on Tuesday, June 26, Walgreens Boots Alliance will join the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), replacing General Electric. According to David Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, "With [Walgreens'] addition, the…
Jun 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
CVS Health expands safe drug disposal at CVS Pharmacy locations in Arizona
PR Newswire (06/20/18)
CVS Health is installing more than a dozen safe medication disposal units in CVS Pharmacy locations across Arizona. The program aims to facilitate the proper disposal of unwanted and unused prescription drugs to prevent their possible diversion or misuse. "Every day, our pharmacy teams see…
Jun 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Purdue Pharma cuts rest of its sales force in opioids pullback
Bloomberg (06/19/18) Hopkins, Jared S.
Purdue Pharma announced this week that it has let the rest of its sales force go. The move by the Stamford, CT-based drug company comes as the company increasingly tries to distance itself from opioids amid claims that it played a part in the opioid epidemic. Earlier this year, Purdue announced it…
Jun 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Conservatives make new push to repeal Affordable Care Act
Wall Street Journal (06/20/18) Armour, Stephanie
A conservative group on Tuesday released a proposal that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in August and replace it with a new system that lifts national consumer protections and gives control of health care to the states. The conservatives’ proposal would drive control of health…
Jun 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
U.S. centers force migrant children to take drugs: lawsuit
Reuters (06/20/18)
The Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law has filed a lawsuit charging that immigrant children are being routinely and forcibly given a range of psychotropic drugs at U.S. government-funded youth shelters to manage their trauma after being detained and in some cases separated from…
Jun 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition