Congress Takes Aim at Third-Party Platform Accountability for Counterfeits

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After rampant sales of counterfeit masks, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing kits, medicines, and other goods over the past two years, there has been increased attention in Washington this holiday season on the health and safety risks of counterfeit products, particularly those sold online.   Just before Black Friday, the United States Chamber of Commerce and US Customs and Border Protection launched […]

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DEA Takes Action Against Deadly Counterfeit Pills Sold Online

Posted by in Consumer Protection, State and Federal Regulatory Issues

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On September 27, 2021, for the first time in six years, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a public safety alert warning Americans of a surge in deadly counterfeit pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine flooding into the United States. The last time DEA issued a similar alert was to raise awareness of a national rise in […]

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How Washington’s Response to Cyberattacks Impacts the Health Care Sector

Posted by in Consumer Protection, Technology and Data Security, State and Federal Regulatory Issues

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Cyberattacks targeting the nation’s critical infrastructure have become increasingly prevalent over the last few years, but, during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, attacks across all sectors have rapidly accelerated. Greater emphasis on remote work and business operations have created the “perfect storm” for cybercriminals to exploit security flaws within many organizations, especially the health […]

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Truths and Misconceptions About FDA’s Compounding MOU

Posted by in Boards of Pharmacy and NABP, Pharmacies and Pharmacists, State and Federal Regulatory Issues

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Earlier this month, FDA announced it will provide states one more year to decide whether to sign its compounding memorandum of understanding (MOU) before the agency begins enforcing the statutory 5% limit on out-of-state distribution of compounded human drug products. This comes after many states asked for more time to wrangle with the legal and […]

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The Future of Telehealth and the Ryan Haight Act Post-Pandemic

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A year into the pandemic, and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has radically changed our health care system from the pace at which new drugs come to market to how patients access health care and medications. Arguably one of the most dramatic shifts has been the major increase in telehealth usage and the expansion of services […]

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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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Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Is Limited by Unnecessary Regulations

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Across the country, officials are reporting spikes in drug overdoses as the opioid epidemic is exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period – 81,000 people. Access to opioid use disorder treatment could help save the lives […]

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Why the White Pages of the Internet Matters to Public Health

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This week, members of the Coalition for a Secure and Transparent Internet (CSTI) – including NABP – will virtually take to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress to discuss restoring access to WHOIS data. NABP and other CSTI members will speak with congressional staff about how essential this data is to law enforcement […]

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Countdown Clock Begins on Importation Rule Enactment

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Following an expeditious review by the White House Office of Management and Budget, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) formally published its final rule regarding Importation of Prescription Drugs in the Federal Register on Thursday, October 1, 2020. The publication of the final rule starts the 60-day formal notice-and-comment period before the rule becomes effective on Monday, November 30. The […]

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