when you start connecting the dots.. OMG !

Harsh punishments rare for drug compounding mistakes from the article: Through them all, there’s a pattern: When a compounding pharmacy commits serious transgressions — wrongs that endanger lives or involve large-scale criminal conspiracies — the regulatory sanctions often are minimal. Tougher punishments frequently come in the form of personal injury lawsuits, which can elicit court-ordered […]

Are we functioning basically on a honor system?

NC Board of Pharmacy to create special committee to study compounding pharmacies http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/nc-board-pharmacy-create-special-committee-study-c/nSrqn/ From the Article: “In many states, boards of pharmacy really struggle with their resources to go out and enforce their laws,” “Our goal is to get to every pharmacy in the state at least every two to three years,” said state director […]

When it comes to saving healthcare dollars – are all bets off?

Obama administration tells FDA to let compounders copy FDA approved/available drug earlier in Oct, I posted the above article on this blog… now a article has been published http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/30/14810526-pharmacy-made-pregnancy-drug-under-scrutiny-after-meningitis-outbreak from the article: the FDA issued what many observers saw as an unusual statement, saying that “to support access to this important drug, at this time […]

More of the “iceberg” is showing

Report finds state oversight of compounding pharmacies lax Massachusetts Rep. Edward J. Markey released a report found 23 other deaths and at least 86 serious illnesses — unrelated to the current outbreak — linked to compounding pharmacies in the United States. Maybe this report was generated and released by a Congressional Representative of Massachusetts… to […]

can you imagine this

Ohio looking at custom-mix prescription pharmacies Within the last 30 days… we have had the BOP’s to close two compounding pharmacies in Ohio and two in MASS.. and another one in MASS stopped production.. I guess that the BOP’s idea of protecting the public health & safety… is something they only have to worry about […]

Even CVS’s techs are suing the company

Las Vegas pharmacy technician to sue CVS over practices http://www.mynews3.com/content/news/story/Las-Vegas-pharmacy-technician-to-sue-CVS-over/FBUqQns8y0iCYd4HkEjMSQ.cspx From the article: A pharmacy chain is being accused of changing the strength of prescription drugs without contacting the doctor and enrolling customers in an auto refill program without their permission. Now those allegations are making their way to court. When a former CVS pharmacy […]

Conflict of interest shouldn’t be of concern…

State closes another pharmacy, pushes board member to resign per the article: Department of Public Health interim commissioner Lauren Smith said…“Given the ongoing investigation, we believe it is in the best interest of the board to have Ms. Pasedis step down” Pasedis is recorded on state records as the manager of Ameridose, which has been […]

MA BOP closes another pharmacy operating outside their licensed authority

State shuts down Waltham specialty pharmacy per the article: Dr. Madeleine Biondolillo, director of the state health department’s Bureau of Healthcare Safety and Quality said inspectors also observed an adjacent space in the lab set up for giving patients intravenous medications onsite. She said the company does not have an appropriate clinic license to conduct […]

Gut pharmacy panel right now

Gut pharmacy panel right now. http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1061170157 From the article: A former member of the state pharmacy board said the governor should force board members to resign, gut current regulations and start all over again in the wake of a national meningitis outbreak tied to a Framingham company. Per the article, here is one reason  that […]

Top ten reasons to become a pharmacist – using 10 yr old data

I stumbled across this – while looking for something else- on the American Association of  Colleges of Pharmacy — interesting to note .. that some of the data they quote is TEN YEARS OLD !  I thought that some of you would like to have a little humor in your day … http://www.aacp.org/resources/student/pharmacyforyou/Pages/toptenreasons.aspx Top Ten […]