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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.
February 28, 2019
American and Canadian Pharmacist Associations Warn that Drug Importation Policies Could Put Patients at Risk
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) have issued a joint statement opposing U.S. federal legislation authorizing personal and commercial importation of prescription drugs from Canada.
March 15, 2019
Safety in the pharmacy: Continuing the dialogue
You may have noticed a resurgence recently of the online dialogue about the safety of pharmacists in the workplace, particularly after a pharmacist and technician were shot and wounded at their…0 comments
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New guidelines advise against aspirin to prevent heart disease
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association on Sunday said low-dose aspirin should not be given on a routine basis for the purpose of preventing heart attacks and other heart disease in people aged 70 years and older or adults of any age who are at increased risk of bleeding.
For patients with osteoarthritis, tramadol might be associated with higher risk of death
Tramadol prescriptions among patients with osteoarthritis have been increasing since 2000. But a new study published March 12 in JAMA calls into question how safe tramadol really is for patients with osteoarthritis, whose main treatment goal is to control pain while avoiding therapeutic toxicity. Tramadol is thought to be a better alternative to NSAIDs and traditional opioids mostly because it has a lower risk of serious cardiovascular and gastrointestinal adverse effects.
CMS updates drug dashboards with prescription drug pricing and spending data
CMS reports that it updated its Drug Spending Dashboards with data for 2017. The dashboards, first released in May 2018, add information on the manufacturers that are responsible for prices hikes and include pricing and spending data for thousands of drugs across Medicare Parts B and D and Medicaid.
Recall continues for some of the most common blood pressure medications
When the popular blood pressure medication valsartan was pulled from pharmacy shelves late last summer, pharmacy staff at Dilworth Drug & Wellness Center in North Carolina reached out to patients taking the medication and notified them of the recall before it became national news.
FDA Commissioner Gottlieb on preventing youth access to flavored tobacco products
FDA on Wednesday proposed to end current compliance policy as it applies to flavored electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products such as electronic cigarettes, and prioritize enforcement of such products offered for sale in ways that pose a greater risk for minors to access these tobacco products.