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FDA panel backs proposed epilepsy drug derived from cannabis
Wall Street Journal (05/19/18) Loftus, Peter
An FDA advisory panel on Thursday unanimously recommended approval of a prescription cannabidiol medication for the treatment of rare forms of epilepsy. With a vote of 13-0, the panel said the risk-benefit profile was favorable for cannabidiol (Epidiolex—GW Pharmaceuticals) to treat seizures…
Apr 19, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Once-daily single-inhaler triple vs. dual therapy in patients with COPD
New England Journal of Medicine (04/18/18) Lipson, David A.; Barnhart, Frank; Brealey, Noushin; et al.
Researchers involved in the IMPACT clinical trial compared outcomes in COPD patients after 1 year of treatment with either triple therapy or standard dual therapy, each administered through a single inhaler once daily. The study population included 4,151 participants who received triple therapy…
Apr 19, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Kentucky recommends hepatitis A vaccination for individuals in counties affected by outbreak
Kentucky Department for Public Health (04/16/18)
Amid an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A in the state, Kentucky health officials are recommending vaccination for everyone living in the six counties affected. More than 300 cases have been reported in the outbreak, which has Jefferson, Bulitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter, and Boyd counties. Of the 311…
Apr 19, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Dabigatran antidote idarucizumab picks up full FDA approval
Medscape (04/18/18) Wendling, Patrice
FDA has given full approval to idarucizumab (Praxbind—Boehringer Ingelheim) to reverse the anticoagulant effect of dabigatran (Pradaxa—Boehringer Ingelheim) in the event of urgent surgery or life-threatening or uncontrolled bleeding. In October 2015, FDA granted accelerated approval to…
Apr 19, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
USPSTF: Exercise best for preventing falls
MedPage Today (04/18/18) Minerd, Jeff
Updated recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) state that exercise is the most effective for preventing falls in at-risk older adults, while vitamin D is not effective for this purpose (D statement). The USPSTF also did not support use of vitamin D for preventing…
Apr 19, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
CVS Pharmacy launches first campaign featuring unaltered beauty imagery
PR Newswire (04/19/18)
CVS Pharmacy has unveiled "Beauty in Real Life," a new advertising campaign demonstrating the company's commitment to authenticity. The ad campaign, first announced in January, aims to create new standards for beauty imagery in order to highlight a more realistic image of beauty for CVS customers.…
Apr 19, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Naloxone available at Rite Aid pharmacies in 19 states
Chain Drug Review (04/19/18)
Naloxone is available at each of the more than 2,500 Rite Aid pharmacies in the United States and can be dispensed without a prescription, subject to state regulations, the company said Thursday. "The opioid epidemic has reached epic proportions and it is an issue that demands not only our…
Apr 19, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
AMA sees progress in declining opioid prescriptions
AMA News Release (04/19/18)
Health care providers are increasingly judicious when prescribing opioids, the American Medical Association (AMA) said Thursday, citing a 22% decline in opioid prescriptions nationally between 2013 and 2017. "It is notable that every state has experienced a decrease, but this is tempered by the…
Apr 19, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Fred's looks to unload specialty pharmacy business
Drug Store News (04/18/18) Salazar, David
A form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 18 suggests that Memphis-based Fred's wants to sell its specialty pharmacy business. The company said in the filing that its board of directors has approved the plan to sell the specialty pharmacy business, which includes three…
Apr 19, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
HHS provides states second installment of grant awards to combat opioid crisis
HHS News Release (04/18/18)
HHS released on Wednesday the second installment of funding to help states and territories continue their fight against the opioid crisis. In all, $485 million will be provided to 50 states, 4 U.S. territories, and the free associated states of Palau and Micronesia. HHS Secretary Alex Azar noted, "…
Apr 19, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition