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FDA: New efforts to empower consumers by advancing access to nonprescription drugs
FDA News Release (07/17/18) Gottlieb, Scott
FDA announced Tuesday a new initiative to establish innovative approaches to increase access to a wider selection of nonprescription drug products for consumers. The goal, said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, is to empower consumers "to self-treat common conditions and potentially some chronic…
Jul 17, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Concomitant oral anticoagulant and NSAID therapy in patients with AF
Journal of the American College of Cardiology (07/17/2018) Vol. 72, No. 3 Kent, Anthony P.; Brueckmann, Martina; Fraessdorf, Mandy; et al.
Researchers examined the impact of NSAIDs, everyday drugs that can elevate the risk of bleeding and thrombosis, on outcomes in a population of anticoagulant users. As part of the RE-LY study, which studied dabigatran etexilate (DE) and warfarin treatment in patients with atrial fibrillation, the…
Jul 17, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Assessment of patterns of potentially unsafe use of zolpidem
JAMA Internal Medicine (07/16/18) Moore, Thomas J.; Mattison, Donald R.
Researchers report that while zolpidem is widely prescribed, it is not being used safely. To prevent adverse events, the drug—which becomes markedly less effective after just 2 weeks—is indicated for use in the short term only and is contraindicated for use concomitantly with other…
Jul 17, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Tennessee among 11 states battling hepatitis A outbreak
WCYB.com (07/16/18) Engel, John
An outbreak of hepatitis A in nearly a dozen states has affected hundreds of people. As part of the outbreak, more than 1,000 cases have been recorded in Kentucky, while West Virginia has reported 540 and Tennessee has reported 87 so far this year. Tennessee typically records 8-10 cases of…
Jul 17, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Parenteral opioids may be effective for reducing pain during childbirth
Clinical Pain Advisor (07/11/18) May, Brandon
Results of a study in Cochrane Database Systematic Review point to parenteral opioid medications as a viable pain relief agent during labor, but the quality of the evidence is poor. A total of 61 studies were analyzed as part of the review which, among other findings, indicated that intramuscular…
Jul 17, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Dem senator calls for 'permanent' price cuts at Pfizer
The Hill (07/16/18) Weixel, Nathaniel
In a letter to Pfizer CEO Ian Read, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) said the pharmaceutical company needs to stop "playing games" with the costs of prescription drugs and should "permanently roll back prices." The letter comes in the wake of Pfizer's announcement that it was postponing planned price…
Jul 17, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Albertsons touts e-commerce expansion ahead of Rite Aid deal
Forbes (07/16/18) Japsen, Bruce
The $24 billion merger between Rite Aid and Albertsons could potentially be approved following an August 9 vote by Rite Aid shareholders, according to Albertsons. The company expects the deal to "close early in the second half of calendar year 2018." During their fiscal first-quarter earnings call…
Jul 17, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Naloxone available at Hy-Vee pharmacies
Peoria Journal Star (IL) (07/16/18) Renken, Leslie
Pharmacists in Illinois are allowed to dispense naloxone without a prescription via a physician-signed standing order with a designated pharmacy or pharmacy chain. In a joint effort to help prevent opioid-related deaths, the Illinois Department of Public Health provided the physician-signed…
Jul 17, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
First FDA-cleared home-hearing assessment kit available OTC
Chain Drug Review (07/13/18)
The first ever FDA-approved home-hearing assessment kit, the iHearTest from iHearMedical, is now available OTC. The kit allows consumers to take a short hearing assessment at home and learn what their Hearing Number is on a scale from 1 to 5. "The future of screening diagnostics is being driven by…
Jul 17, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
H-E-B's purpose in focus at Elevation Forum event
Drug Store News (07/13/18)
A variety of senior sales and marketing executives from the health industry recently gathered at the Elevation Forum. The forum's founder, Dan Mack, opened the event with a discussion about the positive implications of retailer-manufacturer collaboration and emphasized that customers value…
Jul 17, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition