Baxter International, Inc, Recalls Two Lots of IV Solutions Due to Particulate Matter

Topics: Adverse drug events and Fda

Baxter International, Inc, is voluntarily recalling two lots of intravenous solutions distributed to hospitals and other health care offices because of the presence of particulate matter identified as an insect.

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Technology Abounds for Combating Counterfeit Meds, Abuse

Topics: Counterfeit drugs, Buying medicine online, and Internet pharmacy

With prescription drug abuse and the online counterfeit medicine trade both at epidemic levels, a host of tech companies have introduced products designed to keep patients safe.

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Washington State Pharmacists Invited to August PDACs

Topics: Diversion and Dea

DEA invites Washington State pharmacists to participate in upcoming Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conferences (PDACs) in Seattle, WA.

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NABP Stresses Need for Accountability in Enforcing Internet Policies to Protect the Public From Illegal Online Drug Sellers

Topics: Counterfeit drugs and Internet pharmacy

Today, NABP issued a report urging greater accountability by the stakeholders charged with ensuring that action is taken against websites illegally selling medications online. As detailed in the Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program Progress Report for State and Federal Regulators: July 2015, thousands of websites illegally distribute medications and avoid retribution. Such sites often distribute dangerous counterfeit drugs, putting at risk the health of the consumers who use them. Many of these rogue sites use domain names obtained from a small number of registrars who turn a blind eye to their illegal activity. The report highlights the need for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and domain name registrars – the stakeholders responsible for facilitating the use of Internet domain names – to enforce policies forbidding illegal use of websites and to take more accountability for shutting down rogue sites. 

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DEA to Hold 10th Prescription Drug Take-Back Day This September

Topics: Diversion, Prescription drug abuse, and Dea

To help the fight against prescription drug abuse and diversion, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that it will bring back the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event.

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Ohio Pharmacists Can Now Dispense Naloxone Without a Prescription

Topics: Prescription drug abuse

Ohio pharmacists are among the latest in the country to be allowed to dispense naloxone, a drug that reverses opioid overdose, without a prescription.

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New Jersey Law Toughens State PMP Requirements for Pharmacists

Topics: Controlled substances and Prescription monitoring program

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently signed into law a bill that will require prescribers and pharmacists to register for the state’s prescription monitoring program (PMP) and to check the database that tracks controlled substance (CS) prescriptions under certain situations.

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Online Drug Company Returns Profits Made From Illegal Prescription Sales

Topics: Internet pharmacy

An online prescription drug seller has agreed to forfeit $450,000 in illegal sales after knowingly dispensing medication without a prescription.

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FDA Warns Against Unapproved Prescription Ear Drops

Topics: Fda

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered the manufacturers of certain prescription ear drops to stop making and distributing the products because they are not FDA-approved.

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Reading Medicine Labels Helps Reduce Acetaminophen Overdose, Advises Coalition

Topics: Education and Over the counter

With half of all acetaminophen overdoses being unintentional, the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition reminds pharmacists and other health care providers to encourage patients to properly read medicine labels.

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California, Oregon to Allow Pharmacists to Dispense Birth Control Under New Rules

Topics: Over the counter

California and Oregon will soon become the only two states in the country where patients can obtain hormonal contraceptives directly from pharmacists without a prescription.

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Virginia Board Helps Drones Make Special Delivery for Health Fair Attendees

Topics: Pharmacists

Some Virginia residents attending a free health fair last week received a special delivery – their medications came via drone.

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Pharmacy Stakeholders Worldwide Invited to Help Shape Practice During FIP 2015 Congress

Topics: Pharmacy

Practitioners, researchers, and academics worldwide are invited to help shape modern pharmacy practice during the 75th International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2015. 

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