Indiana panel OKs allowing prescriptions for cold medicines

Indiana panel OKs allowing prescriptions for cold medicines http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/article56893938.html For several years, all Indiana Pharmacies have been using this national database for PSE sales called NPLEx http://www.appriss.com/nplex.html not sure how much tax money Indiana had to spend to fund this system’s operation. IMO.. the system had to major flaws, first of all a driver license […]

Budget to address rural heroin epidemic increased by > 33% this year.

Here’s how the White House plans to address rural America’s struggle with heroin https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/agriculture-secretary-to-lead-effort-addressing-rural-areas-struggles-with-drugs/2016/01/14/2fb61684-bb05-11e5-b682-4bb4dd403c7d_story.html The White House will announce Friday that President Obama is appointing Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, his Cabinet’s longest-serving member, to lead a new interagency effort focused on addressing rural America’s struggle with heroin and opioid abuse as well as other pressing […]

Dramatic Drop in Hydrocodone Combo Prescriptions After DEA Rescheduling

Dramatic Drop in Hydrocodone Combo Prescriptions After DEA Rescheduling http://www.raps.org/Regulatory-Focus/News/2016/01/27/24189/Dramatic-Drop-in-Hydrocodone-Combo-Prescriptions-After-DEA-Rescheduling/#sthash.EbqV5G1Y.dpuf Does this mean that practitioners stopped writing HCP Rxs or Pharmacists stopped filling them.. Since they only counted Rxs filled ? Prescriptions for hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) fell significantly after the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) tightened restrictions on those drugs, according to a study […]

CDC Public Hearing tomorrow, January 28th

Advocacy Alert – Just a quick note to remind you of the opportunity to listen to the CDC Public Hearing tomorrow, January 28th. The committee will meet from 9:00am-3:00pm EST with Public Comment from 1:00pm-2:30pm EST. The Board of Scientific Counselors will discuss the draft recommendations in the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic […]

CVS gives wrong and outdated prescriptions to family in Minnesota

CVS gives wrong and outdated prescriptions to family in Minnesota http://sfglobe.com/2016/01/21/mR3/?src=home_feed A young Minnesota mother is looking for a new pharmacy after her local CVS botched prescriptions for her kids on two separate occasions, says Fox9. The first time it happened, Vanessa Gilbertson barely caught the mistake.  She had just picked up a prescription for her seven-year-old […]

Hospitalizations: Legal opiates down… Heroin UP .. winning the war on drugs ?

Painkiller and heroin hospitalizations: which Pa. regions had the most? http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/01/overdoses_opioids.html#comments The Pennsylvania region that includes Harrisburg, York and Lancaster experienced a 442 percent increase in hospitalizations for painkillers from 2010 to 2014, according to a new analysis. That was the largest increase out of nine regions, and more than double the average statewide increase […]

In Mississippi: personal health information is not protected from police searching without warrant ?

Brandon denies police violated HIPAA http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2016/01/25/brandon-denies-bpd-violated-hipaa/79313188/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin= The city of Brandon denied allegations that one of its police investigators violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act by accessing a man’s prescription history through a state database, according to court records filed Monday. A lawsuit filed in federal court last month alleges Brandon Police Department Investigator Chris […]

It would be impossible to assure that pharmacists applied this discretion consistently from store to store and day to day.

Editorial: Meth bill would demand too much of pharmacists http://www.heraldbulletin.com/opinion/editorial-meth-bill-would-demand-too-much-of-pharmacists/article_edb93e41-353b-50e6-9cbb-aabff1a3d774.html Once again, legislators wants to force Pharmacists to “play doctor” without being able to do a physical exam or have the pt’s medical records. It is also outside/against the Pharmacy Practice Act. IMO.. so if this bill becomes a law.. every time that a Pharmacist […]

consumers are being forced to change medications, sometimes to brands that don’t work as well for them.

Fight To Lower Drug Prices Forces Some To Switch Medication http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/01/25/463809474/fight-to-lower-drug-prices-forces-some-to-switch-medication Steve Miller has some customers on offer. Millions of them in fact. The chief medical officer at Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy benefit manager in the U.S., has been essentially auctioning off his 80 million customers to the drug companies that will give him […]

We can all breathe easier now.. the cure to the opioid epidemic has been found !

We know the cure to the opioid epidemic http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deborah-hersman/we-know-the-cure-to-the-o_b_9073208.html Deborah Hersman is president and chief executive officer of the National Safety Council, an organization focused on saving lives and preventing injuries at work, in homes and communities and on the roads. Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Hersman served as chairman of the National Transportation […]

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