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FDA approves first treatment for inherited rare disease
FDA News Release (11/20/19)
FDA on Wednesday approved givosiran (Givlaari—Alnylam Pharmaceuticals) for the treatment of adults with acute hepatic porphyria. The rare genetic disorder causes the buildup of toxic porphyrin molecules, which are formed during the production of heme. According to Richard Pazdur, MD, director…
Nov 20, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
CDC investigating outbreak of <i>E. coli</i> 0157:H7 infections
CDC News Release (11/20/19)
CDC reported Wednesday that it is investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 infections. To date, 17 people in eight states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Montana, Washington, and Wisconsin—have been infected with the outbreak strain. The source of the…
Nov 20, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Precision Dose issues voluntary recall of ranitidine oral solution, USP 150 mg/10 mL
FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts (11/19/19)
Precision Dose Inc. announced a voluntary nationwide recall of five lots of ranitidine oral solution, USP, 150 mg/10 mL due to potential N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) amounts above levels established by FDA. The recall is being launched in response to the recall by the manufacturer, Amneal…
Nov 20, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
A comparison of two LDL cholesterol targets after ischemic stroke
New England Journal of Medicine (11/18/19) Amarenco, Pierre; Kim, Jong S.; Labreuche, Julien; et al.
Researchers conducted a parallel-group study in France and South Korea, designed around higher vs. lower LDL cholesterol targets following recent ischemic events. The study population included 2,860 patients who suffered ischemic stroke in the prior 3 months or a transient ischemic attack within…
Nov 20, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Pharmacists make more money in entry-level jobs than any other profession, analysis finds
Becker's Hospital Review (11/15/19) Anderson, Maia
Pharmacists with 1 year or less of experience earn a median $123,670 per year, more than their counterparts in any other industry, according to a report from The Interview Guys. The analysis crunched data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Requirements Survey and May 2018…
Nov 20, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
HIV PrEP--the role of primary care clinicians in ending the HIV epidemic
JAMA Internal Medicine (11/18/19) Khalili, Joshua; Landovitz, Raphael J.
The HIV epidemic persists despite effective interventions to prevent and treat the disease, but specialists at the Center for Clinical AIDS Research and Education say primary care physicians (PCPs) can help. As the "front line of health care," Joshua Khalili, MD, and Raphael J. Landovitz, MD, MSc,…
Nov 20, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
FDA nominee sidesteps questions about banning flavored vaping products
New York Times (11/21/19) Thomas, Katie
Stephen Hahn, President Trump's nominee for FDA commissioner, declined to answer questions from senators in both parties about whether he would push for a ban on flavored vaping products at a confirmation hearing Wednesday. The Trump administration has recently retreated from an announcement in…
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U.S. shelves plan to sharply cut nicotine in cigarettes
Bloomberg (11/20/19) Armstrong, Drew
HHS has dropped a proposal unveiled in 2017 to cut the level of nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels, according to a regulatory document published on Wednesday. In a notice posted on a government website earlier this year as part of FDA's near-term regulatory goals, the agency said that…
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Pharmacy chains face October 2020 trial over their role in the opioid crisis
Washington Post (11/19/19) Bernstein, Lenny
Judge Dan Aaron Polster, an Ohio federal judge overseeing nearly 2,500 lawsuits filed against the drug industry in federal courts nationwide, has scheduled a trial against major pharmacy chains for October 13, 2020 and proposes to send three other cases back to other federal courts where they…
Nov 20, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Trump says U.S. states will be able to buy prescription drugs abroad
Reuters (11/15/19) Mason, Jeff; Ahmann, Tim
President Donald Trump said Friday he plans to give U.S. states the right to buy prescription drugs from other countries. Speaking at a White House event, the president said he is working with governors including Ron DeSantis of Florida on such a plan. Trump campaigned on a platform to lower drug…
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