New Mothers Don’t Often Receive Infant Care Recommendations
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
Many new mothers do not receive advice from physicians on how to care for their infants, which opens opportunities for pharmacists to provide patient education.
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
Two New Yorkers have died in a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak, and now a college in Pennsylvania is treating its cooling towers after an employee tested positive for the flu-like disease.
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
The FDA today approved azelaic acid foam 15% (Finacea) to treat inflammatory papules and pustules of mild to moderate rosacea.
Krystle Vermes
Galena Biopharma had introduced ondansetron (Zuplenz) to the US market.
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.

Association News

A new report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finds that prescription drug spending increased 12.6 percent in 2014, the highest growth rate since 2002.
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.

Pharmacy Market News

Eisai Co., Ltd. and Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. announced that they have signed a clinical collaboration agreement to evaluate Eisai’s anticancer agent eribulin mesylate.
Amgen today announced the appointment of Fred Hassan, partner and managing director of Warburg Pincus LLC, to the Amgen Board of Directors.
Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company today announced that the companies have entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement.

Strategic Alliance Partner News

CVS Health has entered into new clinical affiliations with two leading health care organizations, Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Kansas and Lehigh Valley Health Network in Pennsylvania.
CVS Health and IBM will use predictive analytics and Watson cognitive computing to transform care management services for patients with chronic disease.
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