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DEA Drug Take-Back Day locator now available; nationwide disposal sites to be available Sept. 29
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Consumers can now quickly locate a site for safe disposal of unneeded and expired medications using the Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Locator. DEA Take-Back Day collection sites will accept unwanted medications on Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and consumer participation helps prevent misuse and abuse of these drugs by getting them out of the home. AWARXE encourages consumers to use this unique opportunity to safely and legally dispose of any unneeded pills, including controlled substance medications (such as certain pain medications and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drugs) as these pills can only be accepted for disposal when law enforcement is present.

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 Pharmacy Updates

New term will distinguish tablets known to split in half
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Work is under way to scientifically define the term functional score and use it to designate only tablets that reliably split into equal portions, FDA and the United States Pharmacopeia recently said. Although many tablets have an indentation that facilitates breakage into portions, FDA has admitted that no standards or regulatory requirements specifically address tablet scoring. More


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Electronic prescriptions may improve adherence
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Clinical and demographic factors may play important roles in determining when or if parents fill prescriptions written for pediatric primary care patients, according to findings from a study of 16,953 prescriptions written in two Illinois clinics. The findings also suggest that the use of electronic prescriptions may help boost adherence. "Filling a prescription is the important first step in medication adherence, but has not been studied in pediatric primary care," Dr. Rachel Zweigoron from Department of Pediatrics, Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago, and colleagues write. More

Flu shots drive traffic for pharmacies
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Vaccinations have become big business for Walgreen and its competitors, which have been locked in a battle to stake claim to a bigger piece of the market, which has expanded nearly every year since 2005. While the majority of Americans still get vaccinated for the flu at their doctor's office, a growing number are heading to their pharmacy. During the last flu season, defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as October through May, about 20 percent of those who received a flu vaccination got it at a retail pharmacy. More

Pharma calls for bigger role in Medicare
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The role of the pharmaceutical industry within Medicare should be expanded as a way to reduce Medicare's contribution to the federal deficit without resorting to drug rebates, the chief of the industry's trade group said. John Castellani, head of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, proposed applying elements of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program to other areas including drug benefits under Medicare Part B, which covers visits to doctor's offices and outpatient clinics. More

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Generic-drug fee plan at FDA caught up in budget impasse
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A $300 million program to speed reviews of generic drugs made by Mylan Inc., Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and other companies may not start as planned on Oct. 1 because of a budget impasse in Congress. The industry's deal with the Food and Drug Administration to pay user fees for the first time was to mimic long-standing arrangements for brand-name drugs and medical devices. The snag for generics is that because their program is new, lawmakers must pass legislation authorizing the FDA to collect the money, Donald Beers, associate chief counsel for drugs at the agency, said at a meeting in Silver Spring, Md. More

Why the death of mom-and-pop pharmacies has been great for women
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According to new research, the rise of big national pharmacy chains that have wiped out mom-and-pop pharmacies has been a great triumph for women in the workplace. So write Harvard economists Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz, who find that being a pharmacist may now be the most female-friendly high-paying profession in America — or, as they put it, "the most egalitarian." Male pharmacists still earn much more on average than their female counterparts. But that's almost entirely because they pull longer workweeks. Hour for hour, the men and women running the back counter of your neighborhood Walgreen make extremely similar wages — a rarity in almost any line of work. More

Prescription drug abuse drops among US young adults
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Prescription drug abuse among young adults ages 18 to 25 in the United States fell 14 percent between 2010 and 2011, according to a federal report recently released. During that time, the number of young adults who reported using prescription drugs for non-medical purposes in the last month decreased from 2 million to 1.7 million. However, prescription drug abuse among children ages 12 to 17 and among adults 26 and older remained unchanged. More

Pharmacists help hospitals improve patient satisfaction scores
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Pharmacists at hospitals across the country are playing a key role in efforts to increase scores on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey, according to an article in the recent edition of Pharmacy Practice News. Hospitals are keen to receive high scores on the survey, which can increase incentive payments under the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program. More

 FDA News

FDA to support innovation in antibacterial drug development
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The Food and Drug Administration announced the formation of an internal task force that will support the development of new antibacterial drugs, a critical public health care goal and a priority for the agency. Research and development for new antibacterial drugs has been in decline in recent decades, and the number of new FDA-approved antibacterial drugs has been falling steadily since the 1980s. During this time, the persistent and sometimes indiscriminate use of existing antibacterial drugs worldwide has resulted in a decrease in the effectiveness of these drugs. More

FDA: Infant digestive aid linked to life-threatening illness
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Simply Thick, a product given to infants who have difficulty swallowing, may increase their risk of developing a life-threatening illness, the Food and Drug Administration warned. According to the agency, 22 infants developed necrotizing enterocolitis after being fed baby formula or breast milk mixed with Simply Thick. Seven of them died. More


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