Babies Should Sleep in Parents’ Bedroom for First Year to Reduce SIDS Risk, Updated AAP Sleep Safety Recommendations Say
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just updated their safe infant sleep environment recommendations, citing evidence that infants should sleep in the same room with their parents, ideally for the first full year of life, but at the very least for the first 6 months.
Jennifer Barrett, Assistant Editor
The FDA has approved class-wide labeling changes for prescription testosterone products regarding risks of abuse and dependence associated with testosterone and other anabolic androgenic steroids (AASs).
Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP
For decades, clinicians relied on a limited number of drugs, including sulfonylureas and metformin, to help patients with type 2 diabetes. However, in the past 20 years, an increasing number of glucose-lowering drugs for diabetes treatment have become available.
Krystle Vermes
The FDA has awarded 21 grants for new clinical trial research worth more than $23 million to be spent over the next 4 years on the development of products for patients with rare diseases.
How many times have you seen increasing doses of sleep medications prescribed to your patients?
A great need exists in the United States for readily accessible naloxone, and pharmacists have a vital role to play to increase its availability and safe use.
Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP
The incidence of heart failure is increasing as the world’s population ages and the rates of other, often comorbid, diseases (eg, diabetes, heart disease, obesity) increase.
Krystle Vermes
The FDA has approved Lilly’s Lartruvo (olaratumab injection), in combination with –doxorubicin, for the treatment of soft tissue sarcoma (STS) in adults.

Association News

Independent community pharmacies are a critical prescription drug access point for patients, particularly in underserved areas, according to the 2016 NCPA Digest, sponsored by Cardinal Health, released at the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Annual Convention.
As prepared for the October 20, 2016 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Biosimilar User Fee Act Public Meeting
Annual savings from generic prescription drugs increased 328 percent from 2005-2016, according to the new 2016 Generic Drug Savings and Access in the United States report, compiled by the QuintilesIMS Institute on behalf of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA)
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) late yesterday installed a new President and Fifth Vice President and also adopted resolutions reaffirming the organization’s opposition to retroactive reimbursement cuts and in support of enhanced services networks of community pharmacies in the changing health care environment.
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today announced that PrescribeWellness, the cloud-based services company whose mission is to inspire collaboration for better health, has become the Official Medication Synchronization (Med Sync) Technology of NCPA’s Simplify My Meds® program.

Pharmacy Market News

Amarin Corporation plc has announced the introduction of a smaller 0.5-gram capsule size for Vascepa® (icosapent ethyl) available now in retail pharmacies nationwide.
FLAVORx Helps Retail Partners Improve the Pharmacy Experience by Personalizing Medication for Young Children

Strategic Alliance Partner News

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. and Rite Aid Corporation have announced that they have mutually agreed to extend the end date of their merger agreement from 27 October 2016 to 27 January 2017.
CVS Health has announced the national rollout of CVS Pay, an end-to-end mobile payment solution at CVS Pharmacy.
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