Pharmacist Charged for Hepatitis C Drug Fraud
Jennifer Barrett, Assistant Editor
A former Clinical Pharmacy Manager at a Walgreens specialty pharmacy pleaded guilty to health care fraud crimes committed between October 2014 and April 2016.
Krystle Vermes
Amneal has launched the first-to-market generic version of Vagifem, being sold as Yuvafem. The 10-mcg estradiol vaginal inserts were shipped to distributors and wholesalers beginning on Oct. 17, 2016.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just updated their safe infant sleep environment recommendations, citing evidence that infants should sleep in the same room with their parents, ideally for the first full year of life, but at the very least for the first 6 months.
Jennifer Barrett, Assistant Editor
The FDA has approved class-wide labeling changes for prescription testosterone products regarding risks of abuse and dependence associated with testosterone and other anabolic androgenic steroids (AASs).
Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP
For decades, clinicians relied on a limited number of drugs, including sulfonylureas and metformin, to help patients with type 2 diabetes. However, in the past 20 years, an increasing number of glucose-lowering drugs for diabetes treatment have become available.
Krystle Vermes
The FDA has awarded 21 grants for new clinical trial research worth more than $23 million to be spent over the next 4 years on the development of products for patients with rare diseases.
How many times have you seen increasing doses of sleep medications prescribed to your patients?
A great need exists in the United States for readily accessible naloxone, and pharmacists have a vital role to play to increase its availability and safe use.

Association News

First Professional Development Provider to Integrate with BPS Reporting Platform in Real Time
BPS to move the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP) credential under the BPS portfolio of pharmacist certifications
FDA-funded ASHP Project Also Announces Comment Period for Oral Liquid Recommendations
Today the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) announced that Jeffrey K. Francer will join the association as Senior Vice President and General Counsel beginning November 14, 2016.
Independent community pharmacies are a critical prescription drug access point for patients, particularly in underserved areas, according to the 2016 NCPA Digest, sponsored by Cardinal Health, released at the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Annual Convention.

Pharmacy Market News

Amarin Corporation plc has announced the introduction of a smaller 0.5-gram capsule size for Vascepa® (icosapent ethyl) available now in retail pharmacies nationwide.
FLAVORx Helps Retail Partners Improve the Pharmacy Experience by Personalizing Medication for Young Children

Strategic Alliance Partner News

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. and Rite Aid Corporation have announced that they have mutually agreed to extend the end date of their merger agreement from 27 October 2016 to 27 January 2017.
CVS Health has announced the national rollout of CVS Pay, an end-to-end mobile payment solution at CVS Pharmacy.
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