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New guide shows how penicillin allergy testing can be done in different settings
Maria G. Tanzi, PharmD, contributing writer
Within the guidance, published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, the authors discuss criteria for appropriate use at the patient level, along with institutional examples, resource considerations, legal restrictions, and program sustainability. Approximately 30 million Americans…
Apr 18, 2019 Article
FDA takes steps to protect consumers from unlawful ingredients in dietary supplements
FDA News Release (04/17/19) Yiannas, Frank
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. The Dietary Supplement…
Apr 16, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Opioid users call Kratom a godsend, but FDA says it's a menace
New York Times (04/17/19) Oppel, Richard; Kovaleski, Serge
The steep rise in the number of people suffering opioid addiction has helped spawn the widespread use of kratom, a green powdered herbal supplement that is widely available and virtually unregulated. Several million Americans are now believed to use kratom. Governmental authorities warn that kratom…
Apr 16, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Doxepin mouthwash or diphenhydramine-lidocaine-antacid mouthwash vs. placebo for oral mucositis pain
Journal of the American Medical Association (04/16/19) Vol. 321, No. 15, P. 1481 Sio, Terence T.; Le-Rademacher, Jennifer G.; Leenstra, James L.; et al.
For individuals undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer, oral mucositis is a major adverse effect, affecting more than 80% of patients. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic sought to determine whether doxepin mouthwash or diphenhydramine-lidocaine-antacid mouthwash compared with placebo…
Apr 16, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Cure for hepatitis B pushed
MedPage Today (04/10/19) Susman, Ed
Researchers convening at the International Liver Conference in Vienna, Austria, noted the challenges of finding a cure for hepatitis B virus (HBV). Massimo Levrero, PhD, a member of the governing body of the International Coalition to Eliminate HBV (ICE-HBV) and director of the Cancer Research…
Apr 16, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Pharmacies expanding offerings to attract customers
Detroit Free Press (04/17/19) Wisely, Rene
Meijer, CVS, and Walgreens are among community pharmacies that are expanding their health care services, offering much more than prescriptions. Pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and technicians are now in stores to help with everything from acne treatment to teeth straightening to eyelash…
Apr 16, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Rite Aid highlights MMR vaccine availability
Drug Store News (04/16/19) Salazar, David
Amid the growing number of measles cases around the United States, Rite Aid said Tuesday that measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccines are available upon request at its pharmacies nationwide. "At Rite Aid, all of our pharmacists are certified immunizers that can vaccinate patients against a…
Apr 16, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Use of opioid overdose deaths reported in one state's criminal justice, hospital, and prescription databases to identify risk of opioid fatalities
JAMA Internal Medicine (04/15/19) Eisenberg, Matthew D.; Saloner, Brendan; Krawczyk, Noa; et al.
As the opioid crisis rages on in the United States, there has been a call to link state-based prescription drug monitoring databases (PDMPs) with other systems in order to flag individuals at high risk for overdose. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, working with the…
Apr 16, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
AmerisourceBergen supports transitioning pharmaceutical rebates to POS discounts
Drug Store News (04/12/19) Levy, Sandra
AmerisourceBergen, with its industry trade association, the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, recently announced that it has proposed a comprehensive framework that would support the proposed move from the current rebate system to point-of-sale (POS) discounts. The move comes in response to HHS'…
Apr 16, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Inappropriate pain management after surgery is a major cause of the opioid crisis
EurekAlert (04/11/19)
A series of three papers appearing in The Lancet demonstrate how efforts to alleviate postoperative pain have fed the opioid epidemic. Opioids are the go-to standard for improving patient comfort after an operation, and use of opioid analgesics has grown significantly—including for minor…
Apr 16, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition