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FDA Warns Against Bone Graft Substitute Use in Minors
Ryan Marotta, Assistant Editor
The FDA has issued a safety alert recommending against the routine use of bone graft substitutes containing recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides among patients aged <18 years, emphasizing that the safety and effectiveness of these products have not been reviewed or approved for patients in this age group.
Eileen Oldfield, Associate Editor
Treating traveler’s diarrhea with antibiotics may contribute to antibiotic resistance and spread resistant bacteria strains, particularly if travelers visit developing parts of the world.
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
Using a tube of sealant as a fake gun, a man robbed a pharmacy in Piedmont, Oklahoma, but was caught by police in less than 5 minutes.
Rachel Lutz
Pharmacists play an important role in ensuring optimal patient outcomes within accountable care organizations.
Eileen Oldfield, Associate Editor
Feeling #angry, #stressed, or #tired? Such negative tweets within a given region can indicate increased heart disease risk, according to University of Pennsylvania Medical School researchers.
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
Only about half of girls immunized against human papillomavirus received the vaccine at the age recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ryan Marotta, Assistant Editor
UCB recently announced that the FDA has accepted for review its New Drug Application for brivaracetam, an investigational treatment for partial-onset seizures in patients aged >16 years with epilepsy.
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
The FDA announced today that it will permit the marketing of a mobile medical app that will help patients with diabetes share data from a continuous glucose monitor with other individuals.

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Leaders of Senate and House committees with health care jurisdiction should hold oversight hearings to examine the issues that plagued approximately 50,000 beneficiaries who are covered by Aetna Medicare Part D drug plans.
Pharmacists can greatly improve patient outcomes and help reduce costs when participating in interdisciplinary health care teams.
Maura Healey, Massachusetts’ new attorney general, plans to strengthen the state’s prescription monitoring program (PMP) as part of her larger goal of combating heroin use and prescription drug abuse.
American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the smoke-free win for the people of New Orleans.

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Avella just announced the release of patient satisfaction data, which documents the overwhelmingly positive experience that customers have had with the national specialty pharmacy.
The Walgreens Flu Index™ is a weekly report developed to provide state- and market-specific information regarding flu activity, and ranking of those experiencing the highest incidences of influenza across the country. With the ability to generate hyper-local data that’s as specific as a single zip code, the Index aims to drive consumer awareness and prevention within communities, while also serving as a valuable resource for health departments, media and others at the local level.
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