Pharmacytimes 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 Tue, 21 Feb 17 00:52:33 +0000 Tue, 21 Feb 17 00:52:33 +0000 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 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 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 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 The FDA has expanded the indication of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals&rsquo; Spiriva Respimat (tiotropium bromide).&nbsp; Thu, 16 Feb 17 20:40:44 +0000 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> Thu, 16 Feb 17 17:41:25 +0000 FDA Approves Treatment for Moderate-to-Severe 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 Study: Intensive Blood Pressure Treatment Could Save Lives Recently-published data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey confirms the life-saving benefits of SPRINT-based intensive treatment for US adults. Wed, 15 Feb 17 13:59:17 +0000 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 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 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 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 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? 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 &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="" 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? 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 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 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 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 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 Dietary Supplement Distributor Reprimanded for Selling DMAA-Containing Products Regeneca Worldwide, a California dietary supplement distributor, has been ordered to stop selling their products, FDA officials announced today.&nbsp; Thu, 09 Feb 17 17:32:42 +0000 Proposed State Bill Seeks to Alleviate Workplace Pressures for Pharmacists An Illinois House bill is looking to reduce prescription drug errors in pharmacies by introducing legislation that eases some of the pressures of working in a pharmacy.&nbsp; Thu, 09 Feb 17 13:00:00 +0000 FDA Approves Treatment for Adults with Secondary Hyperparathyroidism on Hemodialysis The FDA has greenlighted Amgen&rsquo;s Parsabiv (etelcalcetide) as the first therapy in 12 years approved to treat secondary hyperparathyroidism (HPT) in adult patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on hemodialysis.&nbsp; Wed, 08 Feb 17 14:51:29 +0000 Diabetes Medication Label Updated to Include Drug-Insulin Combo Use Eli Lilly&rsquo;s type 2 diabetes drug, Trulicity (dulaglutide), has updated its label, discussing use in combination with basal insulin for adults with type 2 diabetes to achieve greater blood sugar control.&nbsp; Wed, 08 Feb 17 14:38:39 +0000 CDC Releases Updated ACIP Immunization Recommendations for 2017 The CDC has released its final 2017 updated adult vaccination recommendations approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; Tue, 07 Feb 17 16:26:34 +0000