Phony Pharmacy Purportedly Ran Black Market Drug Ring
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
No OTC products for sale and few customers coming in with prescriptions to fill were 2 reasons why a pharmacy in California seemed suspicious.
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
The FDA’s Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) will no longer require final printed labeling to approve Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs).
Krystle Vermes
The FDA has approved a new treatment combination of Gilead’s ambrisentan (Letairis) with Lilly’s tadalafil (Cialis) to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension.
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
Pharmacists should take some time to counsel patients on the pros and cons of each antidepressant to help them select the best regimen.
Krystle Vermes
Roche has launched a new HbA1C test to identify diabetes risk and diagnose and monitor patients with diabetes.
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
Taking hypertension medications at bedtime can improve blood pressure control and reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP
Patients with heart failure (HF) are predisposed to falls for a variety of reasons.
Ryan Marotta, Assistant Editor
The FDA has approved Alkermes’ extended-release aripiprazole lauroxil injection (Aristada) for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults.

Association News

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association and its Biosimilars Council strongly support efforts to improve worldwide patient access to affordable medicines.
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board has become an official observer organization at the International Pharmaceutical Federation.
The first ever international overview of the extent of the advanced and specialised roles that pharmacists are undertaking, and the mechanisms supporting these developments, was presented at the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences today.
APhA supports the new initiative announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve the medication therapy management benefit for patients in stand-alone Medicare Part D plans.
The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) this week awarded former ASHP CEO Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D., with the Joseph A. Oddis Award for Exceptional Service to FIP at the opening ceremony of the 75th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Pharmacy Market News

AkzoNobel’s work in the area of product stewardship has been recognized with the 2015 European Responsible Care Award from the European Chemicals Industry Association.
Johnson & Johnson has announced the completion of the divestiture of its Cordis business to Cardinal Health for an approximate value of $2 billion.
Allergan has announced a multi-year research collaboration with Humana to explore new ideas and ways to improve the health and well-being of patients, members and their caregivers.

Strategic Alliance Partner News

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance will co-host a one-day pharmacy quality ratings workshop for community pharmacists that will focus on core competencies and techniques needed to perform well on various quality measures.
The Meijer Simply Give campaign held this fall generated more than $3 million for food pantries throughout the Midwest, making it the most successful campaign in the program’s history.
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