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New guide shows how penicillin allergy testing can be done in different settings
Penicillin allergy skin testing (PAST) is rapidly becoming an effective, long-term antimicrobial stewardship tool to optimize antimicrobial prescribing in various practice settings. In February 2019, a group of pharmacists from various institutions across the United States published a practical guide to implementing a PAST program. “Pharmacists are well positioned to offer PAST services given their existing duties as part of the health care team and expertise and training with drug allergy issues,” the authors wrote.
FDA takes steps to protect consumers from unlawful ingredients in dietary supplements
As part of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers from potentially unlawful dietary supplements, FDA said Tuesday it is launching a new tool to quickly alert the public to when it becomes aware of ingredients that appear to be unlawfully marketed in dietary supplements.
90 new cases of measles reported in U.S. as outbreak continues record pace
The number of confirmed measles cases in the United States increased sharply in the past week, with 90 new cases as of April 11. CDC said Monday there have been 555 cases of the highly infectious disease recorded so far in 2019.
FDA approves first targeted therapy for metastatic bladder cancer
FDA on Friday granted accelerated approval to erdafitinib (Balversa—Janssen Pharmaceutical) for the treatment of adults with locally advanced or metastatic bladder cancer that has an FGFR3 or FGFR2 genetic alteration and that has progressed during or following prior platinum-containing chemotherapy.
FDA continues to investigate safety of active ingredients in hand sanitizers
FDA issued a final rule on April 11 that would ban certain harmful active ingredients in OTC hand sanitizers. The regulation finalized a previous determination from FDA that 28 active ingredients, including triclosan and benzethonium chloride, are not allowed in these products.
April 9, 2019
What’s the right treatment plan for pharmacist workforce supply…
Imbalances between workforce supply and demand are notoriously difficult to resolve. Market corrections can take decades to work themselves out, and leaving the market to self-correct doesn’t help…0 comments
March 29, 2019
APhA2019: Moving Pharmacy Forward
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, APhA2019, held March 22–25, hosted almost 6,000 pharmacists and student pharmacists in Seattle. This year’s theme, Moving Pharmacy Forward, highlighted the pharmacist’s role in addressing public health concerns and promoted personal and professional well-being while continuing to prioritize patient care services.
March 11, 2019
APhA Partners with iForumRx.org on New Line of Ambulatory Care Recertification Tools
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) announced a partnership with iForumRx.org, an interactive web-based community for ambulatory care pharmacy specialists, to produce a new line of recertification tools centered around podcasts, panel discussions, and polls.
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