Student pharmacists advocate for provider status on Capitol Hill

The Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (H.R. 592/S. 109) is gaining more traction due to the efforts of student pharmacists who attended APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists’ (APhA-ASP) Summer Leadership Institute (SLI).

Per FDA, Major, Solco, and Teva recall all unexpired lots of valsartan, valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide

An impurity found in medications containing the active ingredient valsartan has prompted a voluntary recall of valsartan products by three generics manufacturers, FDA has announced. N-nitrosodimethylamine, which is classified as a probable human carcinogen, has been found in the recalled products and its appearance is thought to be related to changes in the way the active substance is manufactured.

FDA requires labeling changes for systemic fluoroquinolones

FDA has required class-wide safety labeling changes for oral and injectable fluoroquinolones to strengthen the warnings about the risks of adverse effects, including effects on mental health and blood glucose metabolism. A comprehensive review of FDA’s adverse event reports and case reports in the medical literature led to the requirement.


I attended my first APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition during my second professional year as a student pharmacist in 2014. When I walked into the convention center in Orlando, FL, I was absolutely blown away! It was huge, magnificent, and I immediately started running into student pharmacists I had met before. There were pharmacists and student pharmacists galore, and I couldn’t wait to meet everyone in sight.

Research: It’s within your reach

I would like to talk about research. Many student pharmacists cringe when research is mentioned and will tell me they have no interest in pursuing a project. It can often feel out of reach for a variety of reasons. You may connect the term research with the work you did in organic chemistry lab or huge drug trials you read about during therapeutics. While these are indeed research, they are not the only opportunities that await. 

I want to help you rethink research projects, highlight why you should participate in one, and identify what your end points should be. 

Residency is a two-way street

This issue, we thought feedback from two preceptors was better than one. So here are our thoughts on “Alison’s” latest diary entry. 

CDC’s ACIP discusses vaccines for influenza, HPV, and more

CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met in Atlanta on June 20–21 to review a variety of immunization topics, including influenza, HPV, and more. ACIP’s recommendations aren’t official until accepted by CDC and published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

New NIH initiative targets opioids

Equipped with $500 million from Congress, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the launch of the HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative.