AzPA Pharmacy Flash
Aug. 6, 2014

US government working with drug company to develop treatment for Ebola
A top U.S. biological-warfare unit is developing a cure for the deadly Ebola virus and could have it in the field within two years. The virus, which has killed more than 800 people in West Africa as of Aug. 4, is a "Category A Bioterrorism Agent" along with anthrax, botulism, bubonic plague and smallpox, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.More

Pharmacists adopt prescription 'synching'
Brattleboro Reformer
Some people have multiple prescriptions, and keeping track of all them — when they need to be refilled and when they need to be taken — can be confusing and for some of those people, losing track of their prescriptions could endanger their health. Pharmacists around the nation are attempting to address this situation with something called prescription synchronization. More

Experimental drug likely saved Ebola patients
Three vials containing an experimental drug stored at subzero temperatures were flown into Liberia recently in a last-ditch effort to save two American missionary workers who had contracted Ebola, according to a source familiar with details of the treatment. The drug appears to have worked, sources say. Dr. Kent Brantly's and Nancy Writebol's conditions significantly improved after receiving the medication, sources say. More

California pharmacy board delays action on translating drug labels
The Sacramento Bee
The California State Board of Pharmacy steered away July 31 from a decision on whether pharmacies should be required to translate prescription drug labels for limited-English speakers and passing the issue to another committee for further discussion. More

Prescription drug addiction: Stemming an epidemic
The Legal Examiner
If you take a look at Google News, you're likely to see a plethora of stories related to the crimes and woes related to prescription drug addiction. It's typically the powerful prescription painkillers, hydrocodone, oxycodone and methadone responsible for the uptick in prescription drug addictions and related deaths. These drugs, known as opioid painkillers, were prescribed at an astonishing rate in 2012 alone. Centers for Disease Control statistics show that a total of 259 prescriptions were written that year, which is enough for every American to have a bottle at their disposal. More

Some vaccines need to be repeated; others should be initiated during adulthood
The Washington Post
You might think that the shots you received as a child to protect you from tetanus, diphtheria and more would last a lifetime. Not so. Certain vaccines need to be repeated during adulthood to ensure that you stay protected, while others, such as the rubella vaccine and chickenpox shot, weren't even around when many of us were young.More

More research needed on medication management in dementia
Medical Xpress
Family carers of people with dementia need more help with medication management according to a new report involving the University of East Anglia, which was led by the University of Aston. Researchers interviewed family members who care for loved ones with dementia to find out more about the problems they face.More

Ebola outbreak: Is it time to test experimental vaccines?
Ebola virus disease is sweeping across West Africa in the largest outbreak of the virus to date. Mortality rates are currently at 60 percent in a disease where up to 90 percent of infected people can die. But despite this lethality there remain no licensed treatments or vaccines available, nearly 40 years after the disease was first discovered.More

Stop whining: Insurers and the high price hype of Hepatitis C
By Jason Poquette
There has been a lot of fuss in the media over the price of the newest treatment options for Hepatitis C, a condition affecting around 3 million Americans. Sovaldi by Gilead costs $84,000 for a 12-week course of therapy. Their competitor Olysio by Janssen comes in around $66,000 for the same 12 weeks. This high price tag has caused many players in the market to moan and cry, particularly the insurance companies who have to come up with ways to pay the bill.More

HIV medication delivered through dissolvable fabric could provide faster protection
The Medical Daily
A new dissolvable fabric could pave the way for faster, more efficient delivery of the HIV medicine, maraviroc. Published in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, the study suggests a method of HIV protection that avoids messy gels or cream, with the added benefit of stronger potency.More

Olodaterol approved for COPD
FDA and Boehringer Ingelheim announced the approval of olodaterol oral inhalation spray as a long-term, once-daily maintenance bronchodilator to relieve airflow obstruction in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. More