Pharmacytimes http://www.pharmacytimes.com/rss PharmacyTimes.com offers continuing education (CE) courses, career guidance for pharmacy students, online-only articles, digital versions of the print issue, and more, that are essential to pharmacists en-us Sun, 26 Feb 17 23:22:09 +0000 Sun, 26 Feb 17 23:22:09 +0000 Study: Children More Likely to Overdose If Mothers Are Prescribed Opioids http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/study-children-more-likely-to-overdose-if-mothers-are-prescribed-opioids http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/study-children-more-likely-to-overdose-if-mothers-are-prescribed-opioids Children have an increased chance of drug overdose when their mothers are prescribed opioids, a study published in <em>Pediatrics</em> reports.&nbsp; Fri, 24 Feb 17 13:00:00 +0000 FDA Orders Drug and Dietary Supplement Maker to Cease Manufacture and Distribution http://www.pharmacytimes.com/product-news/fda-orders-drug-and-dietary-supplement-maker-to-cease-manufacture-and-distribution http://www.pharmacytimes.com/product-news/fda-orders-drug-and-dietary-supplement-maker-to-cease-manufacture-and-distribution A Louisiana drug and dietary supplement maker was ordered to cease operations for failing to comply with federal laws, according to a press release from the FDA.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; Fri, 24 Feb 17 13:00:00 +0000 FDA Approves Test to Detect Antibiotic Sensitivity in Blood Infections http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/fda-approves-test-to-detect-antibiotic-sensitivity-in-blood-infections http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/fda-approves-test-to-detect-antibiotic-sensitivity-in-blood-infections The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a test that can identify organisms that cause blood infections and can also identify which antibiotics should work against them.&nbsp; Fri, 24 Feb 17 01:09:41 +0000 FDA Green Lights Expanded Use for Assay in Sepsis http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/fda-green-lights-rapid-test-for-antibiotic-sensitivity-in-blood-infections- http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/fda-green-lights-rapid-test-for-antibiotic-sensitivity-in-blood-infections- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved using an existing test for an expanded use.&nbsp; Fri, 24 Feb 17 00:57:59 +0000 Communication Breakdown: Have E-Prescriptions Lived Up to Their Promises? http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/communication-breakdown-have-eprescriptions-lived-up-to-their-promises http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/communication-breakdown-have-eprescriptions-lived-up-to-their-promises Pharmacists are the final step in a system of checks and balances that should prevent medication errors, yet they often encounter problems while filling prescriptions.&nbsp; Wed, 22 Feb 17 13:00:00 +0000 New Guideline Provides Recommendations for Insomnia Medications http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/new-guideline-provides-recommendations-for-insomnia-medications http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/new-guideline-provides-recommendations-for-insomnia-medications <p>A new clinical practice guideline is the first from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to provide comprehensive, evidence-based analyses of individual agents commonly used in the treatment of chronic insomnia disorder.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 17 05:41:25 +0000 FDA Accepts Application for Experimental Leukemia Drug http://www.pharmacytimes.com/product-news/fda-accepts-application-for-experimental-leukemia-drug http://www.pharmacytimes.com/product-news/fda-accepts-application-for-experimental-leukemia-drug The FDA has accepted Pfizer&rsquo;s biologics license application (BLA) and granted priority review for their experimental leukemia treatment.&nbsp; Tue, 21 Feb 17 15:26:56 +0000 Smoking Cessation Therapy Coupled with Lung Cancer Screening Shows Positive Results http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/smoking-cessation-therapy-coupled-with-lung-cancer-screening-shows-positive-results http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/smoking-cessation-therapy-coupled-with-lung-cancer-screening-shows-positive-results Smokers who receive telephone-based smoking cessation counseling shortly after undergoing lung cancer screening may be more likely to quit smoking, a new Georgetown Lombardi-led study finds.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; Sat, 18 Feb 17 18:33:50 +0000 5 New FDA Approvals to Know from January 2017 http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/5-new-fda-approvals-to-know-from-january-2017 http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/5-new-fda-approvals-to-know-from-january-2017 Learn about the new products and expanded indications approved by the FDA in January 2017. Fri, 17 Feb 17 19:00:48 +0000 Chinese Officials Ban Manufacture, Sale of 4 Fentanyl Compounds http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/chinese-officials-ban-manufacture-sale-of-4-fentanyl-compounds http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/chinese-officials-ban-manufacture-sale-of-4-fentanyl-compounds China has issued scheduling controls against synthetic opioid fentanyl-class substances, DEA officials announced.&nbsp; Fri, 17 Feb 17 18:50:10 +0000 Preventing Fentanyl Overdose Deaths: Focus on Harm Reduction Versus Use Reduction http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/preventing-fentanyl-overdose-deaths-focus-on-harm-reduction-versus-use-reduction http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/preventing-fentanyl-overdose-deaths-focus-on-harm-reduction-versus-use-reduction Harm reduction may be more effective than use reduction in minimizing fentanyl&rsquo;s deadly contribution to increasing overdoses, a new report argues.&nbsp; Fri, 17 Feb 17 18:14:24 +0000 FDA Extends Approval of Asthma Treatment to Children http://www.pharmacytimes.com/product-news/fda-extends-approval-of-asthma-treatment-to-children http://www.pharmacytimes.com/product-news/fda-extends-approval-of-asthma-treatment-to-children The FDA has expanded the indication of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals&rsquo; Spiriva Respimat (tiotropium bromide).&nbsp; Thu, 16 Feb 17 20:40:44 +0000 FDA Approves Treatment for Moderate-to-Severe Plaque Psoriasis http://www.pharmacytimes.com/product-news/fda-approves-treatment-for-moderatetosevere-plaque-psoriasis http://www.pharmacytimes.com/product-news/fda-approves-treatment-for-moderatetosevere-plaque-psoriasis The FDA has approved Valeant Pharmaceuticals&rsquo; Siliq (brodalumab) injection for subcutaneous use in adults with psoriasis.&nbsp; Thu, 16 Feb 17 14:22:38 +0000 Fungal, Bacterial Contaminants Found in Some Medical Marijuana http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/fungal-bacterial-contaminants-found-in-some-medical-marijuana http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/fungal-bacterial-contaminants-found-in-some-medical-marijuana Unsafe fungal and bacterial contaminants have been detected in some sources of medical marijuana, according to a report from UC Davis.&nbsp; Wed, 15 Feb 17 13:55:55 +0000 Cancer Drug Improves Survival in Dogs, Shows Potential for Human Use http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/cancer-drug-improves-survival-in-dogs-shows-potential-for-human-use http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/cancer-drug-improves-survival-in-dogs-shows-potential-for-human-use An experimental drug is improving survival rates in a common and aggressive canine cancer, and may also have implications for cancer treatments in human patients.&nbsp; Wed, 15 Feb 17 13:52:42 +0000 CROI 2017: High Virologic Response Seen with Bictegravir http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/croi-2017-high-virologic-response-seen-with-bictegravir http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/croi-2017-high-virologic-response-seen-with-bictegravir Gilead faces competition from&nbsp;dolutegravir, which is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Tue, 14 Feb 17 16:57:21 +0000 ACP: Avoid Drug Therapy as First-Line Low Back Pain Treatment http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/acp-avoid-drug-therapy-as-firstline-low-back-pain-treatment http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/acp-avoid-drug-therapy-as-firstline-low-back-pain-treatment The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released updated clinical practice guidelines regarding the treatment of lower back pain in <em>Annals of Internal Medicine</em>.&nbsp; Tue, 14 Feb 17 15:50:42 +0000 Four Men Suspected in String of Statewide Pharmacy Robberies http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/four-men-suspected-in-string-of-statewide-pharmacy-robberies http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/four-men-suspected-in-string-of-statewide-pharmacy-robberies Four suspects are being held in connection to several pharmacy robberies that took place throughout Maryland. Tue, 14 Feb 17 15:48:47 +0000 What Role Do Zebrafish Models Play in Epilepsy Treatment? http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/what-role-do-zebrafish-models-play-in-epilepsy-treatment http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/what-role-do-zebrafish-models-play-in-epilepsy-treatment Scientists have discovered a potential new drug therapy by using a zebrafish model of epilepsy.&nbsp; Tue, 14 Feb 17 14:00:00 +0000 Several of Pharmacology Professor's Cancer Research Articles Retracted http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/several-of-pharmacology-professors-cancer-research-articles-retracted http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/several-of-pharmacology-professors-cancer-research-articles-retracted &nbsp;<br /> A Maryland university-led investigation resulted in the retraction of several research articles written by a pharmacology professor, and further barred him from conducting research at the university, <a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/sun-investigates/bs-hs-sun-investigates-um-research-retraction-20170211-story.html" target="_blank"><em>The</em> <em>Baltimore Sun</em></a> reported.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; Tue, 14 Feb 17 13:00:00 +0000 DIR Fees and Independent Pharmacies: What is the Impact? http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/dir-fees-and-independent-pharmacies-what-is-the-impact http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/dir-fees-and-independent-pharmacies-what-is-the-impact While retail pharmacies can fall back on revenue from selling front end items, independent pharmacies typically cannot. Mon, 13 Feb 17 20:58:54 +0000 AAP Reaffirms Epinephrine as First-Line Anaphylaxis Treatment, Recommends Emergency Action Plan http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/aap-reaffirms-epinephrine-as-firstline-anaphylaxis-treatment-recommends-emergency-action-plan http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/aap-reaffirms-epinephrine-as-firstline-anaphylaxis-treatment-recommends-emergency-action-plan The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) confirms epinephrine as a first-line medication for first-aid treatment of anaphylaxis and offers up-to-date information on effective epinephrine use and emergency response plans in 2 reports published in <em>Pediatrics</em>.<br /> &nbsp; Mon, 13 Feb 17 16:13:09 +0000 Ibuprofen Lysine Injection Recalled Due to Particulate Matter http://www.pharmacytimes.com/product-news/ibuprofen-lysine-injection-recalled-due-to-particulate-matter http://www.pharmacytimes.com/product-news/ibuprofen-lysine-injection-recalled-due-to-particulate-matter FDA officials announced that Exela Pharma Sciences has voluntarily issued a nationwide recall of its ibuprofen lysine injection 20 mg/2 mL (10 mg/mL) vials.&nbsp; Fri, 10 Feb 17 14:03:11 +0000 FDA Approves Corticosteroid Treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy http://www.pharmacytimes.com/product-news/fda-approves-corticosteroid-treatment-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy http://www.pharmacytimes.com/product-news/fda-approves-corticosteroid-treatment-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy FDA officials today announced the approval of Emflaza (deflazacort) tablets and oral suspension for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).&nbsp; Thu, 09 Feb 17 20:42:01 +0000 Pharmacy Technicians Face Charges for VA Hospital Prescription Drug Diversion Scheme http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/pharmacy-technicians-face-charges-for-va-hospital-prescription-drug-diversion-scheme http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/pharmacy-technicians-face-charges-for-va-hospital-prescription-drug-diversion-scheme Three Veterans Affairs pharmacy employees are facing charges related to a conspiracy to steal and distribute prescription pills.&nbsp; Thu, 09 Feb 17 18:35:46 +0000