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Congressional legislators have joined APhA and other pharmacy organizations in calling on the Trump administration to address pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported Wednesday that it will discontinue two publications on prescribing opioid analgesics in response to allegations that the pharmaceutical industry influenced the reports. U.S. Reps.

A solvent called dimethylformamide (DMF) was discovered in valsartan made by several companies, including Novartis, according to a filing last week to FDA by Valisure. DMF is classified by the World Health Organization as a probable carcinogen.

FDA on Monday approved liraglutide (Victoza—Novo Nordisk) injection for the treatment of pediatric patients aged 10 years or older with types 2 diabetes. The non-insulin drug has been approved to treat adults with type 2 diabetes for nearly a decade.

CVS Health announced Monday that it will spend $10 million in support of efforts to prevent youth use of e-cigarettes.

FDA warned Thursday that two adults developed invasive infections, and one of them died, after receiving fecal transplants that contained drug-resistant bacteria.

Melissa Akacha, of King of Prussia, PA, had no idea what to expect when she approached the overloaded car in the parking lot of Target, according to a story that ran in the Philadelphia Inquirer on May 10, 2019.

FDA has added a boxed warning, its most prominent warning, to the prescribing information and the patient Medication Guides of common prescription insomnia medications, including eszopiclone (Lunesta—Sunovion Pharmaceuticals), zaleplon (Sonata—Pfizer), and zolpidem (Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar, Intermezzo, Zolpimist). In a drug safety communication, the agency cautioned that rare but serious injuries and even death have occurred as a result of people taking these drugs and then engaging in complex sleep behaviors while not fully awake, including sleepwalking, sleep driving, and other activities.

Bats are implicated in most human rabies deaths in the United States. According to a new CDC Vital Signs report, the reason for this may be that people are not aware of the risk that bats present.

In 2016, the American Heart Association published a list of medications that potentially cause or worsen heart failure. A new study looks at the prevalence with which such medications are actually prescribed in this high-risk population by analyzing insurance claims data from 2011 to 2015 for adults aged 18 to 64 years who had at least one hospitalization for heart failure, outpatient visits for heart failure, or a combination of both. Of the 40,966 patients included in the study, 9,954 (24%) filled a prescription for a potentially harmful drug (PHD), such as naproxen, the investigators reported in the May issue of the American Journal of Cardiology.