How e-Prescribing Trends Impacted the Opioid Epidemic

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Before DEA published an interim final rule in 2010, which gave practitioners the option to write prescriptions for controlled substances (CS) electronically, e-prescribing for CS was prohibited in many states. Now, 11 years later, the regulatory and technological landscape has shifted significantly. As part of the larger effort to curb the opioid crisis, many states […]

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

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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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Cyberattackers Continue to Threaten the COVID-19 Supply Chains

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In early December 2020, as United States and European governments readied their distribution plans in anticipation of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine authorization, law enforcement agencies prepared for an onslaught of various types of criminal activity and organized crime linked to COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Similar to the predatory criminal behavior seen earlier in the pandemic, […]

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How Online Drug Dealers Exploit Social Media Algorithms

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This month marks one year since Charlie Ternan, a 22-year-old, soon-to-be college graduate, was found unresponsive in his room after taking what he thought to be Percocet® to alleviate his back pain. The pill was unfortunately not a legitimate pain medication but was instead a fentapill, a counterfeit drug containing the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Charlie purchased […]

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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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Internet Platform Accountability and Why it Matters to Public Health

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On March 25, 2021, chief executive officers (CEOs) from internet giants, including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai, and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, testified before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the rise of extremism and misinformation plaguing their online platforms. Although the impetus for this hearing is the lack of action taken by […]

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Running high from COVID-19 boost, telehealth changes likely to become permanent

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Telehealth use had already been growing in recent years, but the social distancing requirements of COVID-19 helped it really take off. According to a CDC analysis, the number of telehealth visits increased by 50% during the first quarter of 2020, compared with the same period in 2019. As we discuss in the September 2020 edition […]

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NABP e-Profile keeps your career and compliance data in one spot, saving you time and hassle

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It’s been three years since we launched a revitalized NABP e-Profile, and recent system upgrades offer an even smoother experience. With the addition of business e-Profiles for our accreditation and inspection programs, the new NABP e-Profile is truly all-online. Goodbye, paper applications. Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacies, and pharmacy-related businesses can keep their career and compliance information […]

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National Polling Finds Uptick in Online Pharmacy Use, Internet-Based Health Care Services

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A swing in online pharmacy use may open up patients and caregivers to misinformation or fraudulent product representation online, as stressed in a recent Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) study. In July 2020, ASOP Global conducted a 1,500-respondent national survey aimed at identifying consumer behavior and perception related to online pharmacy use and […]

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Received a questionable email from NABP? It may be illegal spoofing.

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Has your organization recently received an email claiming to be from NABP’s Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program (IDOI)? If so, it is possible that someone is trying to trick you. The NABP IDOI team’s email account has recently been illegally “spoofed” by unaffiliated persons or organizations. Email spoofing involves the forgery of an email header […]

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