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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Notice: the DEA is hiring 45 more Diversion Investigators Nationwide

Job Title:Diversion Investigator
Department:Department Of Justice
Agency:Drug Enforcement Administration
Job Announcement Number:D-OD-15-1279841-MP-ADD

SALARY RANGE:

$52,668.00 to $82,840.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 to Friday, January 16, 2015

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1801-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

45 vacancies in the following location:
DEA - US Locations, United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Top Secret

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Summary of Public Meeting: Development and Regulation of Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Medications

Drug Safety and Availability FDA warns health care professionals not to inject patients with IV solutions from Wallcur, of San Diego

Drug Safety and Availability FDA warns health care professionals not to inject patients with IV solutions from Wallcur, of San Diego

2014: The year that was in US racing | Thoroughbred

  1. 2014: The year that was in US racing | Thoroughbred ...  

    https://www.thoroughbredracing.com/articles/2014-year-was-us-racing
    23 hours ago - ... or thyroid medications, or unregulated compounded drugs, or any one of the other substances that made headlines in 2014? The past year has provided more ...

Wilmington compounding pharmacy CutisPharma gets $20M funding

Wilmington compounding pharmacy CutisPharma gets $20M funding
Boston Business Journal - 2 hours ago
A 17-year old pharmaceutical compounding company that moved into a new Wilmington headquarters earlier ...

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

LA Board of Pharmacy Annual 2014 Report Shows It Disciplined 65 Pharmacists During the Year

During their August 6, 2014 meeting, the Board reviewed and approved its Annual Report for 2014, dated July 1, 2014.  Highlights from this year's report include:
  • There were 42,874 active credentials under management, an increase of 9.5% from the previous year.
  • Approximately 70% of the pharmacies in the state were inspected at least once during the year.
  • The members and staff closed 482 complaints during the year, exceeding the number filed during the year and reducing some of the pending caseload.
  • The Board disciplined 182 credentials during the year, including 65 pharmacists, 47 technicians, and 36 pharmacies.
  • The Board completed six regulatory projects and an additional three projects were pending.
  • The Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) database receives approximately 1 million prescription transactions from the pharmacies every month; the database has approximately 74.5 million prescriptions available for review.
  • The program averages approximately 3,000 queries per day from prescribers and dispensers, at a ratio of approximately 3:1.
The Annual Report for 2014 is avalable here.  Copies of previous annual reports can be found in the Public Library section of the Board's website.

Texas Register December 26, 2014 Rules Relating to Texas State Board of Pharmacy

  1. Texas Register December 26, 2014 - Texas Secretary of State  

    sos.state.tx.us/texreg/sos/index.html
    Secretary of State of Texas
    5 days ago - 22 TAC §185.4 · TEXAS STATE BOARD OF PHARMACY ... TEXAS BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL GEOSCIENTISTS LICENSING AND ENFORCEMENT RULES.

Board of Pharmacy panel going after red flags in prescriptions WCHS-Dec 29, 2014

Prefiled legislation meant to tackle pain med abuse

Big Pharma Makes Headway On 'Fountain Of Youth' Drug, Pouring Money, Resources Into Anti-Aging Research

As the New Year approaches, would-be revelers are making resolutions to live happier, healthier and longer lives in 2015. For many, that means adding a jog to the morning routine or wearing extra sunscreen. Meanwhile, a host of companies—from GlaxoSmithKline to Google—are trying to make life extension as simple as taking a pill.
more 

AG-elect Healey weighs targeting drug companies

AG-elect Healey weighs targeting drug companies

Bradenton Herald-5 hours agoShare
BOSTON — Attorney General-elect Maura Healey says she would consider taking legal action against pharmaceutical companies to help rein in prescription ...

$1.1M Punitive Award Against Walgreens for Firing Medicare Fraud Whistleblower

$1.1M Punitive Award Against Walgreens for Firing Medicare Fraud Whistleblower

US pharmacy chain buys out Swiss-based rival

US pharmacy chain buys out Swiss-based rival

The Local.ch-18 hours agoShare
Shareholder of US pharmacy chain Walgreens has approved a $16 billion takeover of Swiss-based rival Alliance Boots that creates a global leader in the drug ...

Pharmacy agrees to pay state $160000 over bogus Medicaid claims

  1. Pharmacy agrees to pay state $160000 over bogus Medicaid claims

    Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online-4 hours ago
    An independent pharmacy in Bethesda must pay the state more than $160,000 after billing Maryland Medicaid for prescriptions attributed to a bogus doctor.

Bauder Pharmacy keeps its license for now

Bauder Pharmacy keeps its license for now

KCCI Des Moines-3 hours agoShare
Move move comes as the owner of Bauder Pharmacy, Mark Graziano, continues to fight drug allegations against him. Authorities raided Bauder Pharmacy in ..

Hospira's non-opioid painkiller gets FDA approval


  1. Hospira's non-opioid painkiller gets FDA approval
    Yahoo News - 11 hours ago
  2. Hospira's non-opioid painkiller gets FDA approval

    Reuters-11 hours agoShare
    The FDA approved Hysingla ER, Purdue Pharma LP's long-acting narcotic painkiller with abuse-resistant properties in November, in line with its efforts to ...

    Hospira injectable painkiller OK'd by FDA
    Chicago Sun-Times-56 minutes ago

Fifth Question of the Day December 30, 2014 How many unapproved animal and human compounded medications from the United States are being sent to Mexico?


Copy of the Alabama Pain Center Federal Lawsuit

Fourth Question of the Day December 30, 2014 How many compounding pharmacies or clinics that use drugs from compounded pharmacies are aware that unapproved drugs are not approved for use in these pain pumps?


Third Question of the Day December 30, 2014 Are compounding pharmacies more out of control now than before the DQSA? Why or why not? With less enforcement now from most state boards of pharmacy should Congress amend the DQSA to give the FDA even more authority to get the problem under control before more deaths and illnesses occur?


Second Question of the Day December 30, 2014 If the Alabama Pain Center loses its lawsuit against the government how big an impact will this have on clinics that use compounded medications and compounding pharmacies? How much will be owed back to the government by these groups? Where the compounded drugs patient specific? Is the Alabama Board of Pharmacy involved? The FDA? The DEA? Should they be?


Naperville doctor disciplined in controversial autism case --involving compounding pharmacy

Naperville doctor disciplined in controversial autism case

Insurance News Net-4 hours agoShare
The state's complaint against Usman alleged financial exploitation, which Levens denied. Medical regulators noted that Usman and thecompounding pharmacy ...

Alabama Pain Center sues government over $25 million Medicare

  1. Alabama Pain Center sues government over $25 million Medicare ...

    AL.com-1 hour ago
    The federal lawsuit filed Monday alleges that the agency has overstepped its authority in "repricing" what the Alabama Pain Center can charge for compounding ...

Another important step in FDA’s journey towards enhanced safety through full-scale “active surveillance”

Another important step in FDA’s journey towards enhanced safety through full-scale “active surveillance”

Warning Letters Novacyl Wuxi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 12/19/14

Warning Letters Novacyl Wuxi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 12/19/14

Warning Letters Wellmill LLC/DBA Vitamix Laboratories 12/18/14

Warning Letters Wellmill LLC/DBA Vitamix Laboratories 12/18/14

Warning Letters Dandy Day Corporation 12/17/14

Warning Letters Dandy Day Corporation 12/17/14

Enforcement Reports December 24, 2014

Enforcement Reports December 24, 2014

Question of the Day December 30, 2014 Why do more universities and colleges not have policies on the use and disposal of controlled substances, compounded medications etc.? Should they have policies regarding from whom compounded medications can be purchased such as FDA registered outsourcing facilities vs. traditional compounders? Shouldn't they all have policies? What liabilities are they exposing themselves to by not having such policies in place?


Effingham Radio - Dr. Kohli Jury Selection Begins

  1. Effingham Radio - Dr. Kohli Jury Selection Begins

    www.effinghamradio.com/News/Dr-Kohli-Jury-Selection.../20607994
    11 hours ago - The charges against Dr. Naeem Kohli came in March for his alleged operation of what is known as a “pill mill,” in which controlled substances are distributed to ...

Proposed Legislation in Georgia Regarding Controlled Substances

  1. HB 28 2015-2016 Regular Session

    www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/.../28
    Georgia General Assembly
    12 hours ago - Controlled substances; patients who are prescribed Schedule II or III for extended periods; require Opioid Education and Pro-Active Addiction Counseling.

Silk Road drug seller gets 6 years in prison By Kevin P. Connolly Staff Writer contact the reporter

Prolific Prescribers Of Controlled Substances Face

  1. Prolific Prescribers Of Controlled Substances Face ...

    www.northcountrypublicradio.org/.../prolific...
    North Country Public Radio
    12 hours ago - The 2012 data shows the upward trend line for prescriptions of controlled substances before these initiatives took hold. The Drug Enforcement Administration classifies certain potent drugs based on their potential for abuse and sets limits on prescribing for each group.

University of Pennsylvania Management of Controlled Substances for Humans and Animals

Management of Controlled Substances - University of ...

www.upenn.edu/.../iacucpolicy-managementc...

University of Pennsylvania
17 hours ago - Common controlled drugs used in animal research such as sedatives, ..... no more than 30 days after compounding (see the IACUC policy “Expired Drugsand .

The Compounding Chemist Checklist: Questions to Ask Before Filling Your First Prescription Health By Janet Jose

ACHC Announces Plans for Certification Program ... - PRWeb

  1. ACHC Announces Plans for Certification Program ... - PRWeb

    www.prweb.com/releases/2014/12/prweb12417266.htm
    2 hours ago - The new PCAB Certification Program for Canadian Compounding is expected to be released in 2015 and will provide compounding pharmacies with an ...

Monday, December 29, 2014

FDA Product Safety Information Adverse Drug Experience (ADE) Reports through 2013

Product Safety Information Adverse Drug Experience (ADE) Reports

Report a Problem Veterinary Adverse Event Voluntary Reporting

Report a Problem Veterinary Adverse Event Voluntary Reporting

DEA executes warrant at hospital pharmacy

DEA executes warrant at hospital pharmacy
Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration recently searched records at a Virginia hospital pharmacy in connection with stolen narcotics with an estimated street value close to $1.4 million.

FDA Mulls Drones for Facility Inspections


The FDA is considering employing unmanned aerial drones to aid in facility inspections, although it’s unclear whether that would encompass drug manufacturing plants. Read More

FDA More than Tripling Amount of Staff in China From 8 to 26

December 19, 2014

The FDA plans to more than triple its staff in China from eight direct hires to 26, advancing a key agency goal of increasing the number of inspections it conducts in the country, the sixth largest exporter of drugs and biologics to the U.S.  Read More

Question of the Day December 29, 2014 How many illegal compounded drugs are being exported from the United States to other countries?


Drug Import Oversight to be Consolidated Under FDA Reorganization Plan


The FDA plans to consolidate its 16 districts overseeing pharmaceutical imports into either four or five districts under a reorganization plan that aims to make inspection policies and procedures more uniform, regardless of port of entry.  Read More

FDA Warns Compounder for Extensive Quality Violations - Delta Pharma Warning


The FDA has warned a Mississippi compounder for not disinfecting its clean room equipment and for other serious manufacturing violations, capping a busy year for the agency’s compounding pharmacy enforcement.  Read More

Chat on Internet Claims the Feds and DOJ are now looking into more horse doping allegations

What Does the Arrest of NECC Executives Mean For Victims

  1. What Does the Arrest of NECC Executives Mean For Victims ...

    www.lawblogs.net/.../what-does-the-arrest-of-necc-executives-mean-for-...
    12 hours ago - The contamination occurred because basic safety protocols were not followed when the drugs were being compounded and packaged. Following the public ...

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Question of the Day December 28, 2014 Why is there no mention in the articles regarding veterinarians and drugs companies about the "perks' offered by animal compounding pharmacies such as free toys, free samples, seminars, luncheons, dinners, etc.? Shouldn't these perks or benefits also be disclosed or transparent?


Profession reacts to reports that drug makers sway veterinarians

  • Recent media reports are questioning the veterinary profession's integrity by suggesting that the financial motives of drug makers have the potential to sway ...

  • Veterinarians committed to protecting pets
    Indianapolis Star - 1 day ago
  • Drug companies' loose purse strings court vets

    1. Drug companies' loose purse strings court vets

      www.indystar.com/.../drug...to...vets/20492301/
      The Indianapolis Star
      Dec 18, 2014 - The vets, the nation's last line of defense against unsafe drugs getting to animals, were receiving a blizzard of meals, books, electronic gadgets and speaking ...

    My Meds Matters Org (look at group of supporting compounding pharmacies and compare to the ones that attended the AVMA convention and many other conventions attended by vets): DRUG COMPANIES' LOOSE PURSE STRINGS COURT VETS

    Rock concerts. Magic shows. Contests in which everyone who plays is a winner.
     
    For five days, the action never stopped at the McCormick Place convention center, as more than 9,000 veterinarians and technicians flocked to see the latest medicines and attend clinical workshops organized by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
     
    Around the show floor, the world's biggest drugmakers had set up exhibits two stories tall, with enough flashing lights and giant twirling logos to resemble a Detroit car show.
     
    The vets, the nation's last line of defense against unsafe drugs getting to animals, were receiving a blizzard of meals, books, electronic gadgets and speaking fees from drugmakers.
     

    AVMA Slams Investigation of Veterinary Industry

    1. AVMA Slams Investigation of Veterinary Industry

      www.veterinarypracticenews.com/AVMA-Slams-Investigation-of-Veteri...
      6 days ago - The lead article explained how animal drugs are tested on only a fraction of ... In a story headlined “Drug Companies Spend Millions to Court Vets,” The ...

    Bovine Vets Blast Reuter's Article on Antibiotic Use, Vet

    Bovine Vets Blast Reuter's Article on Antibiotic Use, Vet ...

    www.agweb.com/.../bovine-vets-blast-reuters-article-on-antibiotic-use-ve...
    2 days ago - The article, “Veterinarians face conflicting allegiances to animals, farmers - and drug companies,” is part of a series called “Farmaceuticals” and is meant to ..