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CDC sounds warning on more tainted NECC drugs
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Further testing on three more products from New England Compounding Center has turned up extensive contamination in three more products, and federal officials are asking healthcare workers to be alert for more infections, though they stopped short of calling the situation an outbreak. In a Health Alert Network update, the CDC said some of the organisms found in unopened vials of NECC's betamethasone, cardioplegia and triamcinolone solutions can cause disease in humans. More

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NCPA: Gallup Poll Finds Public Confidence in Pharmacists at Record High
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National Community Pharmacists Association CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA, issued a statement in response to the annual Gallup survey regarding professional honesty and ethics. More

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Pharmacists in ED help cut drug errors
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Involving pharmacists in the hospital admission process can help cut down on transition medication errors and discrepancies, a pilot study suggested. When a pharmacy team interviewed patients in the emergency department about their routine medications, only 48 discrepancies were missed, compared with 1,547 missed by the admission nursing staff, according to Justin Hoppes, PharmD, of the Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Va. More

Massachusetts pharmacists request changes in regulations adopted after meningitis outbreak
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Pharmacy industry executives in Massachusetts requested changes to emergency state regulations adopted in November in the wake of the national fungal meningitis outbreak. Under the new rules, specialty pharmacies similar to New England Compounding Center, the Massachusetts company whose contaminated drugs are blamed for the outbreak, are required to report to state regulators the volume of medications they are making and whether they have detected contamination in their laboratories. More

Congress investigating compounding pharmacy group
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House lawmakers are investigating whether the industry group for compounding pharmacies coached the company responsible for a deadly outbreak of meningitis in dealing with regulators. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce sent a letter to the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists requesting any documents it distributed to members about how to respond to state and federal health inspectors. More

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FDA drug approvals increase
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TheFDA is on track to approve more than 30 new drugs this year — the most in eight years — partly because the pharmaceutical industry is speeding development of experimental drugs. As of the end of November, the agency approved 31 new types of drugs for diseases including cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and HIV in addition to the first weight-loss drug approved in more than a decade. More

Opioid overdose focus of AMA/CDC education effort
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Both the federal government and organized medicine announced moves aimed at attacking the opioid addiction and overdose problems. The HHS announced that patients in U.S. addiction treatment programs will no longer have to wait a year to be eligible for therapy with buprenorphine. On Dec. 12, the American Medical Association and the CDC will host a joint webinar on unintentional opioid overdose. More

CDC: Flu season could be relatively severe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In contrast to last year's late-arriving and mild flu season, the upcoming season could be early and severe, officials with the CDC said. "We're seeing the beginning of the uptick start at least a month before we'd generally see it," said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, MPH. Among nurses, physicians and pharmacists, about 80 to 90 percent have been vaccinated, Frieden said. More

Researchers track drug reactions using social media
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Researchers are turning to Twitter, blogs and online discussions to track adverse drug reactions. According to West Virginia University's Research Highlights and a recent posting on ScienceDaily, the study results could determine whether a reaction database could be established for medical professionals and pharmaceutical companies. In addition, it could also be useful for establishing drug-drug interactions that cannot be pinpointed through testing or clinical trials. More

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FDA expands Zytiga's use for late-stage prostate cancer
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The FDA recently expanded the approved use of Zytiga to treat men with late-stage castration-resistant prostate cancer prior to receiving chemotherapy. The FDA initially approved Zytiga in November 2011 for use in patients whose prostate cancer progressed after treatment with docetaxel, a chemotherapy drug. Zytiga is a pill that decreases the production of male sex hormone testosterone. More

Benzodiazepines linked to higher pneumonia risk    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Benzodiazepines may increase the risk of contracting pneumonia by as much as 50 percent and also increase the risk of dying from it, according to a British study. The use of these drugs has been linked to a heightened risk of infections and death from sepsis in critically ill patients, and researchers wanted to investigate whether they had a similar impact on the risk of developing fatal pneumonia. More

Patent expiries trigger pain drugs battle
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Looming patent expiries on powerful pain medicines have triggered a battle for control of the $9 billion prescription market between pharmaceutical groups and competitors making generic versions of the drugs. Generic drug companies are lobbying the FDA for permission to sell copies of narcotic painkillers — even though concerns over the abuse of these drugs are rising and safer abuse-resistant versions are available. More


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