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As overdoses soared, nearly 35 billion opioids handled by 15% of pharmacies
Washington Post (08/12/19) Abelson, Jenn; Ba Tran, Andrew; Reinhard, Beth; et al.
A judge recently ordered the release of 7 years of database records from DEA's Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System (ARCOS), which tracks every opioid analgesic distributed nationwide. DEA has maintained this database for roughly 2 decades but did not regularly mine the records to…
Aug 12, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Two experimental Ebola drugs reduce mortality rate
Wall Street Journal (08/12/19) Steinhauser, Gabriele
Preliminary data from a new trial indicate that two experimental Ebola drugs substantially improve a patient's likelihood of surviving the deadly virus, providing new hope for the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), two-thirds of the 2,831 people who have…
Aug 12, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
FDA warns consumers about the dangerous adverse effects of Miracle Mineral Solution
FDA News Release (08/12/19)
FDA issued a warning Monday about a product being sold on the internet to treat a wide range of health conditions. Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) and other similar products have not been approved by FDA for any use. When mixed with citric acid, the 28% sodium chlorite solution develops into…
Aug 12, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
U.S. records 10 new cases of measles last week
Reuters (08/12/19) Mathias, Tamara
CDC reported Monday that it recorded 10 new cases of measles last week. That brings the total number of measles cases for the year, which has seen the worst outbreak of the disease since 1992, to 1,182.
Aug 12, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Association between vitamin D supplementation and mortality
BMJ (08/12/19) Vol. 366 Zhang, Yu; Fang, Fang; Tang, Jingjing; et al.
Hoping to answer the question of whether vitamin D supplements can help reduce mortality, researchers performed a meta-analysis and systematic review. The team examined data from 52 randomized controlled trials involving more than 75,500 adult participants, with death for any reason as the main…
Aug 12, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Association of perioperative opioid prescriptions with risk of complications after tonsillectomy in children
JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery (08/08/19) Chua, Kao-Ping; Harbaugh, Calista M.; Brummett, Chad M.; et al.
Research out of the University of Michigan adds credibility to the position that opioid use during and after pediatric tonsillectomy should be restricted. The cohort analysis included private claims data during 2016–17 for 15,793 opioid-naive children who underwent the surgery. Nearly 60% had…
Aug 12, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Why an effective opioid addiction treatment is not stocked in many pharmacies
National Public Radio (08/13/19) Feldman, Nina
Buprenorphine (Suboxone—Indivior) curbs cravings and treats the symptoms of withdrawal from opioid addiction. Combined with cognitive behavioral therapy, it is one of the three FDA-approved medicines considered the gold standard for opioid-addiction treatment. According to federal law,…
Aug 12, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Pharmacy specialist emphasizes collaboration, CGM use in diabetes care
Endocrine Today (08/10/19) Neuffer, Phil
The Cleveland Clinic Diabetes Center's Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, CDE, says collaboration can more effectively improve patient care via continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). "CGM has the potential to transcend diabetes management, and all people with diabetes should have access," Isaacs…
Aug 12, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Pennsylvania AG issues warning over drug ring as pharmacist thwarts crime in Ephrata
Fox 43 (York, Pa.) (08/09/19)
Pennsylvania authorities are investigating a spike in fraudulent prescriptions for promethazine with codeine. A drug ring involving promethazine with codeine is believed to be stretching across the state, according to Pennsylvania's attorney general. The names of doctors from Pennsylvania and New…
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AmerisourceBergen to close California distribution center, cut 100 jobs
Becker's Hospital Review (08/08/19) Paavola, Alia
AmerisourceBergen plans to close its distribution center in Valencia, CA, this fall. The move is expected to better align the hospital supplier's distribution capabilities with customer needs. About 100 employers will be affected by the closure. These employees are eligible to receive separation…
Aug 12, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition