Hospira Initiates Recall of Vancomycin Hydrochloride Due to Uncontrolled Storage During Transit

Topics: Compounding

Hospira, Inc, of Lake Forest, IL, has announced a voluntary global recall of one lot of Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Injection, USP, Equivalent to 1 g Vancomycin (Sterile Powder).

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Legal Briefs: Last Board Standing

Topics: Pharmacies

The issue of “standing” is an important legal principle that provides persons or entities (collectively referred to as “person”) with an avenue to the judiciary to have a dispute resolved.

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NABP Issues Policy Statement Supporting the Pharmacist’s Role in Increasing Access to Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug

Topics: Pharmacists

As the opioid overdose epidemic continues to take hundreds of lives each week, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) has issued a policy statement promoting an active role for pharmacists in expanding access to the opioid overdose reversal drug, naloxone.

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FDA Announces Availability of Draft Guidance Regarding Licensure Standards Under Title II of the DQSA

Topics: Compounding and Fda

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a question-and-answer draft guidance document to assist industry and state governments in understanding the effects of section 585 (Uniform National Policy) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act added by Title II of the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA). 

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FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Pediatric Acetaminophen Products

Topics: Over the counter, Patient safety, and Fda

FDA has issued draft guidance with new recommendations for manufacturers of acetaminophen products.

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PTCB to Implement Changes in Continuing Education Requirements in 2015

Topics: Pharmacy technicians

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) will implement two changes in recertification requirements for Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) in accordance with its Certification Program changes announced in 2013. 

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FDA Provides Consumer Information on the Effect of OTC Medications on Driving

Topics: Patient safety and Fda

DA is reminding consumers that some over-the-counter (OTC) medications can affect the ability to drive and operate machinery safely in a new Consumer Update.

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Updated NABP Model Act Now Available to Assist Boards of Pharmacy in Developing Laws and Rules to Protect the Public Health

Topics: Pharmacies and Pharmacists

The recently amended NABP Model State Pharmacy Act and Model Rules of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (Model Act) is now available to assist the state boards of pharmacy in developing state laws or board rules in their efforts to protect the public health. 

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Rates of Prescription Opioid and Heroin Overdose Deaths Remain High in Many States, CDC Indicates

Topics: Prescription drug abuse

Heroin deaths increased sharply in at least 28 states from 2010 to 2012, and at least twice as many people died from prescription opioid overdoses, new information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates.

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Prescription Painkiller Abusers are Rarely Prepared to Respond to Overdoses, Study Finds

Topics: Prescription drug abuse

Most teens and young adults who abuse prescription painkillers are rarely informed about overdose awareness, avoidance, and response strategies, even those with significant overdose experiences.

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New FDA Resource Provides Inspection, Compliance, and Recall Data

Topics: Fda

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a new resource that provides access to comprehensive data on FDA inspections, warning letters, seizures and injunctions, and recall-related statistics.

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October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

Topics: Over the counter and Prescription drug abuse

With one in 25 teens abusing over-the-counter (OTC) cough medications to get high, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association are promoting National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month to increase awareness of the problem. 

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