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FDA issues warning after patient dies from fecal transplant containing drug-resistant bacteria
USA Today (06/13/19) Yancey-Bragg, N'dea
FDA warned Thursday that two adults developed invasive infections, and one of them died, after receiving fecal transplants that contained drug-resistant bacteria. The transplants are used to treat Clostridium difficile infections in individuals who have not responded to standard treatments.…
Jun 13, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Adjuvant chemotherapy plus radiation for locally advanced endometrial cancer
New England Journal of Medicine (06/13/19) Vol. 380, No. 24, P. 2317 Matei, Daniela; Filiaci, Virginia; Randall, Marcus E.; et al.
The National Cancer Institute sponsored a Phase III trial to evaluate whether 6 months of chemoradiotherapy would improve outcomes in patients with locally advanced endometrial carcinoma. The study population included more than 700 patients with state III or IVA disease, which is associated with…
Jun 13, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Gabapentinoids associated with increased risk of suicidal behavior
BMJ (06/12/19) Vol. 365 Molero, Yasmina; Larsson, Henrik; D'Onofrio, Brian M.; et al.
A population-based cohort study conducted in Sweden investigated whether use of gabapentinoids contributes to various adverse outcomes, including road traffic incidents, head/body injuries, accidental overdose, and suicidal or criminal behavior. A national prescription drug registry provided…
Jun 13, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
New study examines non-medical use of anti-anxiety medication (06/06/2019) Ives, James
A new study in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology finds that non-medical use of alprazolam is a significant issue, especially among younger adults. The study examined a survey of more than 10,000 adults in the United Kingdom and estimated that the national prevalence of lifetime non-…
Jun 13, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Merck, IBM, KPMG and Walmart selected for FDA blockchain pilot
Regulatory Focus (06/13/2019) Mezher, Michael
Walmart, Merck, IBM, and KPMG were selected to participate in an FDA pilot program assessing blockchain technology to enhance supply chain security, the companies announced Thursday. The program is being conducted as part of FDA's effort to develop the interoperable track-and-trace system required…
Jun 13, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Allscripts is buying ZappRx, a prescription drug start-up
CNBC (06/13/19) Farr, Christina
Allscripts has acquired ZappRx, a start-up that aims to modernize how people access prescription drugs. The company was started in 2012 by Zoe Barry, who formerly worked on Wall Street, after her brother was diagnosed with epilepsy. Terms of the deal were not revealed, but sources indicated the…
Jun 13, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Group identifies 28 core quality measures for pharmacy accountability
ASHP News Release (06/06/19) Traynor, Kate
Pharmacists in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Pharmacy Accountability Measures (PAM) Work Group have identified more than two dozen medication-related quality measures that can form the basis for documenting the quality and value of the profession's services in inpatient…
Jun 13, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Measles outbreak: New York eliminates religious exemptions for vaccinations
New York Times (06/14/19) McKinley, Jesse
The state of New York, the epicenter of the nation’s measles outbreak, on Thursday eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday. The nation’s worst measles outbreak in decades has prompted states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of…
Jun 13, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
NY AG cites pharmacies for failing to comply with drug pricing transparency
WGRZ (Buffalo, N.Y.) (06/13/19)
New York's attorney general said Thursday that 44 pharmacies in the state failed to post the costs of drugs for consumers. Under state law, pharmacies must keep a list of their prices for the 150 most frequently prescribed medications available to consumers on request, and they must post a sign…
Jun 13, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
House panel launches investigation into Juul
The Hill (06/12/19) Weixel, Nathaniel
The House Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy is investigating e-cigarette maker Juul, looking into whether the company has actively marketed its product to children in the United States. In a letter, committee chairman Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) asked Juul for documents…
Jun 13, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition