FDA Offers Webinars on Online Drug Information Resources for Students and Clinicians

Topics: Federal regulations and Fda

FDA’s Division of Drug Information in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research is presenting a series of educational webinars targeted toward students and health care providers who wish to learn more about FDA and drug regulation. 

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HHS Plans to Increase Access to Naloxone and Medication-Assisted Treatment

Topics: Prescription drug abuse

In response to the increase in opioid overdose-related deaths, United States Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the agency’s plan to increase access to naloxone in rural communities and expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT). 

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FDA Investigates the Risks of Using Tramadol in Children Aged 17 Years or Younger

Topics: Pain management and Fda

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the use of the pain medicine tramadol in children aged 17 years and younger, because of the rare but serious risk of slowed or difficult breathing. 

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Risk of Dose Confusion and Medication Errors With Avycaz, FDA Cautions

Topics: Patient safety and Fda

Confusion about the drug strength displayed on the vial and carton labels has led to some dosing errors with the intravenous antibacterial drug AvycazTM (ceftazidime and avibactam), warns FDA.

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FIP Report Offers Case Studies on Interprofessional Education, Indicates Such Training Becoming More Common

Topics: Pharmacists

Multidisciplinary education among pharmacists, future pharmacists, and other health care providers is becoming more common as the need for collaborative practice increases, indicates a new report from the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Education Initiative.

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Pharmacy Automation Distributor Application Now Available for .Pharmacy

Topics: Buying medicine online and Pharmacies

NABP is offering pharmacy automation distributors the opportunity to apply for, and if approved, register a .pharmacy Top-Level Domain (TLD) through the Association’s .Pharmacy TLD Program

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FDA Implements Authority to Destroy Drugs That Have Been Refused Entry Into the US

Topics: Counterfeit drugs and Fda

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is implementing its authority to destroy a drug valued at $2,500 or less that has been refused entry into the United States under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). 

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One Minute Miracle, Inc Recalls All Lots of Miracle Diet 30 Capsules and Miracle Rock 48 Capsules Due to Undeclared Drug Products

Topics: Over the counter and Fda

The One Minute Miracle, Inc, is voluntarily recalling all lots of Miracle Diet 30 capsules and Miracle Rock 48 capsules to the consumer level.

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California Bill Requiring Pharmacists to Provide Patients With Translated Directions for Use Awaits Governor’s Signature

Topics: Patient safety and Prescription label

A bill passed by the California Legislature would require the state’s pharmacies to provide translations of prescription drug labels and medication instructions into any of five specified languages.

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CDC Commits $20 Million to Advance Prevention of Prescription Drug Overdoses With New Program

Topics: Prescription drug abuse and Cdc

With the goal of ending the prescription drug overdose epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committing $20 million to launch Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States, a new program that will support efforts in 16 states. 

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Prescription Drug Use Levels Remain Constant in 2014, SAMHSA Reports

Topics: Prescription drug abuse

According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) (PDF), the number of people abusing prescription medications in the last 30 days was 6.5 million, which is similar to 2013 levels. 

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