PTCB Launches New Regulatory Certificate

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The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has created a new Regulatory Compliance Certificate to provide technicians with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and proficiency regarding pharmacy laws, regulations, legal requirements, and practice standards to maintain compliance and quality assurance in various practice settings. Eligible candidates must hold an active PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician certification […]

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FDA Launches Dietary Supplement Education Initiative

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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a new initiative, Supplement Your Knowledge, to help educate, inform, and broaden consumer, educator, and health care professionals’ understanding of dietary supplements. More than half of all Americans take dietary supplements daily or on occasion. The Supplement Your Knowledge resources will provide reliable information about the potential benefits and […]

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Gabapentin Playing a Role in Overdose Deaths

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Gabapentin, a prescription drug approved by Food and Drug Administration to treat seizures and the pain of shingles, was a factor in about one in 10 United States overdose deaths between 2019 and 2020. Gabapentin is used by some consumers to maximize the effects of opioids but can lead to breathing difficulties when used with […]

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FDA Authorizes COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Under Five Years Old

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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized emergency use of the Moderna coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as six months old. The agency determined that the known and potential benefits of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines outweigh the known and potential risks in the pediatric populations […]

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New Guide Helps Pharmacists Navigate Social Determinants of Health

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To help pharmacists navigate certain social determinants of health (SDOH) that patients may face, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) created a resource guide that outlines real-world services that address these issues affecting patients’ abilities to access or manage their medications. Examples of SDOH affecting patients during pharmacy encounters may include: cost of medications; cultural or […]

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New Medicaid Data Available to Help Target Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Efforts

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released their second publication of Medicaid data to help policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders better target substance use disorder (SUD) prevention and treatment efforts. The publication, the Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS) based Medicaid Substance Use Disorder Data Book, includes 2018 data on Medicaid beneficiaries treated for […]

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ISMP: Respond to consumers’ error concerns with empathy and honesty

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This column was prepared by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, an ECRI affiliate.  The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) receives frequent reports of medication errors directly from patients. While patients are understandably concerned about errors, the patients who report to us are usually more upset about the response (or lack of) from the […]

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PCSC Warns of Additional Product Ordering and Recall Fraud Incidents

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The information published in this column was provided by the Healthcare Distribution Alliance Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition. Healthcare Distribution Alliance Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition (PCSC) is warning the pharmacy industry of several product ordering/recall fraud incidents, several of which have resulted in losses. To help licensees be aware of current trends, PCSC notes the following:   Several […]

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First Four Bulk Drug Substances Added to 503B Bulks List

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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added the first four bulk drug substances to the 503B Bulks List to provide Americans access to compounded medicines when they cannot be met by an FDA-approved drug. The first four added drug substances for topical use that may be used for compounding by outsourcing facilities include:  diphenylcyclopropenone,  glycolic […]

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FDA Approves Update to iPLEDGE REMS Program, Urges Manufacturer Group to Solve Website Issues

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FDA has approved an update to the iPLEDGE Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) program. The centralized system helps inform pharmacies, prescribers, and patients about any serious risks associated with isotretinoin to prevent fetal exposure. Since the system changes were implemented in mid-December 2021, some users have experienced problems with the updated website, including patients […]

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