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Data from a national survey published in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that most pharmacists experienced a drug shortage in the previous year and hoarded available supply as a common mitigation strategy.

An analysis of FDA documents, including 6 years of Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) assessment reports, indicated that many prescribers are using transmucosal immediate-release fentanyl (TIRF) inappropriately in opioid-nontolerant patients and in those with chronic, noncancer pain.

FDA on Friday cautioned patients and health care professionals about the risks of using unapproved or unauthorized devices for diabetes management.

FDA on Thursday approved dalteparin sodium (Fragmin—Pfizer) injection to reduce the recurrence of symptomatic venous thromboembolism (VTE) in children as young as age 1 month. "Most children who have VTE are fighting a serious underlying primary illness such as cancer or congenital heart disease.

CVS Pharmacy has started a new program to verify the ingredients of the vitamins and supplements it sells. The community pharmacy's "Tested to Be Trusted" program requires all vitamins and supplements sold in stores or online to undergo third-party testing to confirm that the ingredients listed for those products are correct.

The Justice Department has issued a new legal opinion concluding that FDA does not have authority over drugs used in lethal injections.

Beginning in July 2019, manufacturers’ direct-to-consumer (DTC) television ads for prescription drugs and biologic products covered by Medicaid and Medicare must include their wholesale acquisition cost if it exceeds $35 a month. The requirement, originally proposed in the Trump administration’s American Patients First blueprint to lower drug prices, comes as a result of a U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department final rule published in the Federal Register on Friday, May 10, 2019.

CDC confirmed a surge of 75 new cases of measles in the United States last week, bringing this year’s nationwide total so far to 839 cases across 23 states. These alarming numbers, released in a CDC update on Monday, May 13, demonstrate the highest number of measles cases reported in the United States since 1994 and since the disease was declared eradicated in the country in 2000.

CDC reported Monday that the number of measles cases recorded in the United States increased by 75 last week, for a total of 839 in 23 states. In each of the previous 2 weeks, about 60 additional cases were reported.

Attorneys general from more than 40 states filed a lawsuit in federal court in Connecticut on Friday, alleging the nation's largest generic drug manufacturers conspired to artificially inflate and manipulate prices for more than 100 different generic drugs.