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Recent Increase Reported in Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Fentanyl

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- From 2011 to 2016, there was an increase in drug overdose deaths involving fentanyl, according to the March 21 National Vital Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Cannabidiol Products Now Available at Hundreds of CVS Stores

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Creams, sprays, and lotions infused with the nonintoxicating hemp component cannabidiol (CBD) are now being sold at more than 800 CVS stores in eight states
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DG/health NATURALS Cough Syrup + Mucus for Infants Recalled

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- One lot of DG/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus is being recalled due to possible contamination with potentially harmful bacteria, says maker Kingston Pharma, LLC
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Statins Tied to Insulin Resistance, Higher Serum Fasting Insulin

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Individuals using statins may be at higher risk for hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, and eventually type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online March 5 in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
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Practices for Reducing COPD Hospital Readmissions Explored

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Communication, implementation of guidelines, and improved identification of risk factors may help reduce chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) hospital readmissions, according to a report published in the February issue of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society
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FDA Warns Homeopathic Company About Illegal Product Claims

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Nutra Pharma Corp. has been warned about illegal marketing of unapproved homeopathic products with claims that they can treat addiction and chronic pain from serious conditions such as cancer, diabetes, shingles, and fibromyalgia, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says
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Bluetooth Technology Enables Insulin Adherence Monitoring

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Adherence to timing and dosing of insulin injections can be objectively measured using Bluetooth-enabled pen caps, according to a study published online March 12 in Diabetes Care
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Average of 8.8 Inactive Ingredients Found in Oral Medications

MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Oral forms of medications contain an average of 8.8 inactive ingredients, many of which could cause adverse reactions, according to a perspective piece published in the March 13 issue of Science Translational Medicine
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FDA Issues Update on Mortality Risk With Paclitaxel-Coated Products

MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- A preliminary analysis has revealed a "potentially concerning signal" of increased long-term mortality risk with paclitaxel-coated products indicated for peripheral arterial disease (PAD), according to a March 15 update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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Adherence to Statins Low Among Patients With ASCVD

MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Few patients are optimally adherent to statins, although adherence is associated with a reduced risk for major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE), according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology, held from March 16 to 18 in New Orleans
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Opioid Prescriptions Dropped for New Users From 2012 to 2017

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Many providers stopped initiating opioid therapy from July 2012 to December 2017, according to a report published in the March 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine
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Young Child Goes to ED for Medicine Poisoning Every 10 Minutes

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The number of children younger than age 6 years treated at U.S. emergency departments for medicine poisonings has declined in recent years, but there were still nearly 52,000 cases in 2017, a new report says
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Average of 8.8 Inactive Ingredients in Oral Medications

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Oral forms of medications contain an average of 8.8 inactive ingredients, many of which could cause adverse reactions, according to a perspective piece published in the March 13 issue of Science Translational Medicine
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Head of National Cancer Institute Named Acting FDA Commissioner

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will temporarily be overseen by the head of the National Cancer Institute when FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., leaves the post next month
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Need to Be Vaccinated? Try Your Local Pharmacy

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Vaccines are big news in the United States these days
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CDC: 228 Measles Cases Already in 2019

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The number of measles cases in the United States increased by 22 since last week and now stands at 228, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in an update
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Waiting Room Tool Aids Patient-Physician Communication

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Patients who use a simple waiting room tool are more prepared and more likely to begin heir primary care visit by communicating their top priorities, according to a study published in the March/April issue of the Annals of Family Medicine
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FDA Approves First Immunotherapy Drug for Breast Cancer

MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given its blessing to the first immunotherapy regimen for breast cancer
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Making Sense of the Recent Blood Pressure Drug Recalls

FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- People taking blood pressure medications have faced a frightening and bewildering series of pharmaceutical recalls in recent months, as trace amounts of cancer-causing chemicals have been discovered in individual batches of drugs
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Persistent, Prolonged Opioid Use Occurs After Plastic Surgery

THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Persistent and prolonged opioid use occur after plastic and reconstructive surgical procedures, according to a study published online March 7 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
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About 360,000 ED Visits Were for Nonmedical Drug Abuse in 2016

WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- In 2016, there were an estimated 358,247 emergency department visits for harms from nonmedical use of pharmaceuticals, according to a study published online March 6 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
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FDA Approves Ketamine-Like Drug for Severe Depression

WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the nasal spray medication esketamine -- a relative of the club drug and anesthetic ketamine -- for use against severe depression. Sold as Spravato, the fast-acting drug becomes the first new type of medicine approved in years against an illness that affects millions of Americans
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FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb Resigns

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- In what probably came as a surprise to many, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced his resignation on Tuesday. Gottlieb is leaving the FDA because he wants to spend more time with his wife and three young daughters -- twins aged 9 and a 5-year-old -- one official said. He currently commutes each week from the family home in Connecticut to his Washington, D.C., office
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AAP: Social Media Companies Must Curb Spread of Vaccine Myths

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Google, Facebook, and Pinterest need to take more action against the growing threat to children posed by online misinformation about vaccines, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a letter sent to the social media companies
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MMR Not Linked to Autism in Danish Cohort Study

MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccination is not associated with an increased risk for autism, including in children with autism risk factors, according to a study published online March 5 in the Annals of Internal Medicine
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Eli Lilly to Sell Cheaper Version of Insulin Drug

MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- A cheaper version of Eli Lilly's most popular insulin drug, Humalog, is being introduced by the drug maker
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Multidimensional Approach Cuts Unneeded Drug-Drug Interaction Alerts

MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- An iterative, multidimensional quality improvement (QI) effort can reduce interruptive drug-drug interaction (DDI) alerts, according to a study published in the March issue of Pediatrics
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FDA Warns Americans Not to Buy Drugs From Canadian Company

FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- A large Canadian drug distributor sells unapproved and mislabeled medicines to Americans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday. The distributor disputes the claim, however
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Stewardship Programs Decrease Inpatient Fluoroquinolone Rx

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Fluoroquinolone stewardship interventions at hospitals are associated with less fluoroquinolone prescribing during hospitalization but not at discharge, according to a study published online Feb. 13 in Clinical Infectious Diseases
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Converting Naloxone to OTC Expected to Increase Sales

TUESDAY, Feb. 26, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The demand for naloxone is relatively inelastic with respect to changes in its out-of-pocket price, and conversion to an over-the-counter medication is expected to increase naloxone pharmacy sales, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in Health Services Research
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