To Protect Public Health, NABP Clearinghouse Helps Boards Track Administrative and Disciplinary Data

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One of the most important responsibilities a board of pharmacy has is ensuring its thousands of pharmacists, pharmacy interns, pharmacy technicians, facilities, and more practice safely and legally. This is a daunting task within itself, but we have a tool that can help. NABP Clearinghouse eases the workload. It’s a national database of disciplinary information […]

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Moving Through the Pandemic Into the Future of Health Care

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NABP has a long history of partnering with health care regulatory and professional associations to protect public health, and COVID-19 kicked these collaborations into high gear. We reached out to the leaders of several of these partner organizations to share their insights from the past year and how they see the lessons learned impacting the […]

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Nonprescription Insulin Scam Puts Patients at Severe Risk

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NABP’s accreditations and inspections provide a unique opportunity to observe drug safety issues from a national perspective in both pharmacy practice and drug distribution. Through the processing of accreditation applications of digital pharmacies and drug wholesale distributors, we have recently observed schemes involving nonprescription insulin that pose important health threats to patients. While these pharmacies and wholesalers cannot become NABP accredited until corrective measures have been taken and they have ceased such activities, these schemes continue to threaten patients in non-accredited facilities. We hope that creating awareness of these activities […]

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Annual Training Gives Board Inspectors Compounding Oversight Tools

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In a recent blog post, we discussed new NABP tools that facilitate FDA’s efforts to help boards of pharmacy improve the oversight of compounding pharmacies. Another way we do this is through our partnership with CriticalPoint, LLC to provide annual inspector training. The Sterile Compounding Inspection Training (SCIT) and certification program covers all aspects of sterile […]

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NABP, FDA Collaborate to Improve Compounding Pharmacy Oversight

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In 2012, many of the people who received contaminated steroid injections produced at the New England Compounding Center had already been suffering from chronic pain. The compounded drugs were supposed to provide relief. Instead, they infected these patients with fungal meningitis, killing 64 and sickening 753.   The tragedy was a wakeup call for regulators, […]

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Pharmacists can help increase confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines

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Developing three vaccines against COVID-19 in a relatively short amount of time was monumental. But what might end up being equally Herculean: convincing everyone to get vaccinated. Studies show that Americans have varying levels of hesitancy about receiving a COVID-19 shot depending upon their ethnic background, geographical location, and political affiliation, among other factors. Add […]

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Could Pharmacists Improve Access to Health Care in Rural America?

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This article was adapted from an edition of Policy Perspectives, published in the February 2020 issue of Innovations. For decades, members of Congress and health policy thought leaders have prioritized policies to improve rural health through increased federal appropriations, special reimbursement structures, and distinct models of care delivery for rural health providers. For the nearly […]

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Increasing Access to Naloxone Can Be a Lifeline in the Community

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If it weren’t for naloxone, many Americans would not be alive today. From 1996 to June 2014, at least 26,000 opioid overdoses were reversed with naloxone provided by community-based organizations. Naloxone access laws correlate with a 9 to 11 percent reduction in opioid-related deaths by state. In 2017, 70,237 Americans died from drug overdoses, and […]

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This PharmD Candidate Took Pharmacy Law into Her Own Hands

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Laws and regulations govern every pharmacist’s workday. You are probably familiar with many of them, which range from patient counseling requirements to opioid-dispensing practices. Maybe they felt burdensome. Maybe just downright confusing. Maybe you didn’t know you could help shape them. Poised to receive her PharmD in 2019, Sara Whitt, a student at University of […]

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