Name Confusion Between Brintellix, Brilinta Causes Dispensing Errors
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
The FDA is warning health care professionals and patients about prescribing and dispensing errors related to confusion between the antidepressant Brintellix and the blood thinner Brilinta.
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
Last year’s flu vaccine efficacy was less than desirable, so pharmacists may have to work harder this year to encourage patients to get immunized again.
Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP
Community pharmacists who expand their roles and make home visits to heart failure patients after hospital discharge can improve outcomes.
Krystle Vermes
Sandoz has launched a generic version of AstraZeneca’s asthma drug Pulmicort Respules in the US market.
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
Only 1 in 3 older adults with diabetes meet the American Diabetes Association’s treatment targets for blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure.
Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP
Developing more effective influenza vaccines for the elderly, who are often hit hardest when infected, has been a research focus for decades.
Corey Allikas
Teva has voluntarily recalled 6 lots of fluorouracil (Adrucil) injection due to contamination.
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
The FDA approved a balloon device intended to help obese adult patients lose weight without invasive surgery.

Association News

The American Pharmacists Association Foundation announces the honorees of the 2015 Pinnacle Awards.
The Biosimilars Council strongly urges the Department of Health and Human Services and the FDA to avoid any departure from the currently accepted international nonproprietary naming system.
The American Pharmacists Association Foundation will be showcasing the Patient Self-Management Solutions at the Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference and Exposition.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers applauds DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg’s announcement of the reinstitution of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days.
The National Community Pharmacists Association has submitted comments in response to the Medicaid managed care proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Pharmacy Market News

Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company today announced that the companies have entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement.
Bausch + Lomb, a leading global eye health company, has appointed Dr. Brian Rosenblatt, O.D., as director, Professional Strategy.
Solvay has entered into a definitive merger agreement with U.S.-based Cytec to acquire 100% of its share capital for US$ 75.25 per share in cash.

Strategic Alliance Partner News

Reliance ACO has become the latest healthcare provider to join Rite Aid's Health Alliance initiative.
Reasor's is partnering with the Oklahoma Caring Van Program to immunizations to children the start of the school year.
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