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Insomniacs who take longer than 14 minutes to fall asleep face a greater risk of hypertension.
Ryan Marotta, Assistant Editor
The FDA today approved Ivax Pharmaceuticals’ esomeprazole magnesium delayed-release capsules, the first generic version of AstraZeneca’s proton pump inhibitor Nexium, for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease in patients aged >1 year.
Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP
The approximately 4% of American adults with bipolar disorder face a litany of challenges, from unpredictable recurrences of hypomanic/manic or depressive episode to poor impulse control.
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
Kentucky pharmacist Larry Fortenberry had always imagined what he would do in a robbery situation, and he believed that passive, obedient behavior would be the safest bet.
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
The FDA today approved perindopril arginine and amlodipine tablets for the treatment of hypertension.
Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP
Use of anticoagulants in atrial fibrillation patients remains unacceptably low, with some estimates showing that only half of patients receive anticoagulants as indicated by current treatment guidelines.
Ryan Marotta, Assistant Editor
The FDA has approved parathyroid hormone (Natpara), a once-daily hormonal injection to control low blood calcium levels (hypocalcemia) in patients with hypoparathyroidism.
Ryan Marotta, Assistant Editor
The FDA’s Anti-Infective Drugs Advisory Committee has recommended the approval of Astellas’ investigational antifungal drug, isavuconazonium, for the treatment of invasive aspergillosis and mucormycosis, which are life-threatening fungal infections primarily found in immunocompromised patients.

Association News

Insomniacs who take longer than 14 minutes to fall asleep face a greater risk of hypertension.
The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation today announced the launch of a new accreditation program for specialty pharmacy practices. The application for accreditation and the newly approved specialty pharmacy accreditation standards are available at http://pharmacypracticeaccredit.org/.
Leading health care organizations have endorsed new bipartisan legislation intended to help reduce prescription drug abuse.
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.

Pharmacy Market News

The single tablet regimen is being evaluated in phase 3 clinical studies for the treatment of all 6 genotypes of hepatitis C.

Strategic Alliance Partner News

Fred's, Inc. today announced that it has named Michael K. Bloom as the Company's President and Chief Operating Officer, effective January 12, 2015. Bloom brings to Fred's more than 30 years of experience in small-box general merchandising, supply chain management and store operations.
A generous donation from Food City Pharmacy has made training more realistic for students in Walters State Community College’s pharmacy technician program. The company’s donated pharmacy equipment has transformed a room of cabinets into a complete pharmacy lab.
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