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Compulsive Behaviors Warning Added to All Aripiprazole Products
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
The FDA is warning that uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge eat, shop, and have sex are associated with the use of the antipsychotic aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Aristada).
Meghan Ross, Senior Associate Editor
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has filed suit against a pharmacy that was allegedly transferring prescriptions without permission from patients, forcing them to pay higher prices than necessary.
Meghan Ross, Senior Associate Editor
Concerns about Zika virus outbreaks have been centered on the Aedes aegypti mosquito, but now researchers have detected a new mosquito species carrying the virus, which could put more US states at risk for disease transmission.
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
About 30% of all outpatient oral antibiotic prescriptions written in the United States are inappropriate, a new CDC study suggests.
Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP
Many Americans neglect a powerful way to prevent influenza infection and reduce its $87 billion related cost to the United States: flu shots.
Krystle Vermes
The FDA has approved Collegium Pharmaceutical Inc’s oxycodone extended-release capsules (Xtampza ER) for severe pain.
Katie Eder, Director of Content
The brand name of the antidepressant Brintellix has been changed to Trintellix in order to avoid prescribing and dispensing errors related to the drug’s confusion with the blood thinner Brilinta.
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
The FDA’s definition of “breakthrough” isn’t the same as Merriam-Webster’s.

Association News

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association applauds the House Appropriations Committee for approving the FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations funding bill with provisions that would stop the Food and Drug Administration from using federal funds to finalize or implement its Proposed Rule to update generic drug labeling requirements as written.
To date, APhA has raised close to $42,000 for the organization.
ASHP recently launched a certificate program for pharmacists who are interested in expanding their roles as educators in residency programs, patient care environments, and other instructional settings.
President Barack Obama today signed into law the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016.

Pharmacy Market News

The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that Mylan CEO Heather Bresch will be the first-ever CEO to participate in the Pittsburgh Pride Equality March on Sunday, June 12.
Allergan has announced that it has acquired Topokine Therapeutics, a privately held, clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing topical medicines for fat reduction.
PDX and MarkeTouch Media have announced a new integration that will incorporate the certification of the PDX EPS Patient Notification Service with MarkeTouch Media’s outbound and mobile notifications for prescription status updates.

Strategic Alliance Partner News

CVS Health has announced that it has made the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone available without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations in New Hampshire.
Hy-Vee has announced that it is once again partnering with the Pinky Swear Foundation to host six kids triathlon fundraising events across the Midwest this summer.
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