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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cautionary tale to regulated professionals to ensure they adequately ...

Lexology (registration)-14 hours ago
On 15 August 2012 Mr El-Hadi Abdul-Razzak (the Appellant) became a registered pharmacist. The Appellant was the 'responsible pharmacist' at a pharmacy in 

Chipping away at the high cost of prescription drugs

FOX 61-13 hours ago
Earlier this month the State Comptroller Kevin Lembo and the Connecticut State Medical Society hosted a forum on soaring drug prices and pharmacist, Dr.

Ex-Valeant CEO Gets Consulting Gig With Drugmaker

TheStreet.com-10 hours ago
Valeant has since ended its relationship with the mail-order pharmacy. In March, Valeant slashed its 2016 financial guidance significantly below its prior ...
Valeant hands ex-chief more than $10m payout
In-Depth-Financial Times-6 hours ago
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Banner group pulls naturopath advice articles

Australian Journal of Pharmacy (registration) (blog)-8 hours ago
Banner group Amcal appears to have removed a series of articles from its website which listed naturopath advice above advice from a pharmacist, after Friends

Chinese regulator bans online drug sales

Pharmacy News-18 hours ago
A senior executive at a pharmacy chain with a store front on Tmall said the directive's impact could be significant because many firms relied on Tmall for online ...

Pharmacy Benefit Managers Drift Upware Amid Antitrust Worries

TheStreet.com-10 hours ago
Even as the federal government flexes its muscles and threatens more regulation ofpharmacy benefit managers, companies like CVS (CVS) , Express Scripts ...
March 10, 2016Complete Pharmacy and Medical Solutions LLCFlorida District OfficeCGMP/Compounded Drugs/MisbrandingNot Issued *
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May 19, 2016Megafine Pharma LimitedCenter for Drug Evaluation and ResearchCGMP/Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API)/AdulteratedNot Issued *
May 20, 2016Corden Pharma Latina S.p.A.Center for Drug Evaluation and ResearchCGMP/Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API)/AdulteratedNot Issued *

Monday, May 30, 2016

meningitis-etc: Meningitis Cases Put on Hold; Settlement Near?

meningitis-etc: Meningitis Cases Put on Hold; Settlement Near?: By Walter F. Roche Jr. A federal judge has abruptly put off scheduled trials and put other issues on an indefinite hold amid hints of a p...

Friday, May 27, 2016

The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the US

Pharmacy Today, American Pharmacists Association, pharmacist.com-8 hours ago
U.S. researchers reported Thursday that a 49-year-old Pennsylvania was recently found to have bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort. The researchers .

Groups protest Senate bill's provision to exempt biologics from USP ...

Pharmacy Today, American Pharmacists Association, pharmacist.com-8 hours ago
Ten groups, including APhA, are taking issue with a provision in a Senate bill to increase staffing at FDA and NIH. In a May 23 letter to Sens. Lamar Alexander .

Pharmacy group CEO among witnesses today in Hubbard case

AL.com-9 hours ago
Testimony continues today in the ethics trial of Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn. Prosecutors said Thursday they had nine witnesses l

Question of the Day May 27, 2016 How many other compounders and/or doctors are repackaging medications "for no purpose other than increasing their profits," as is alleged in the Melgen litigation in Florida

The lawsuits allege the bacterial contamination stemmed from Melgen's profit-driven decision to repackage single-use vials of ocular drugs, primarily the macular degeneration drug Lucentis.
     According to the complaints, Melgen ordered the repackaging of Lucentis vials into multiple doses, in disregard for manufacturer guidelines, and in defiance of the Centers for Disease Control's warnings to the medical community that compounding the drug could cause it to become tainted with bacteria prior to injection.
     Melgen and his medical group, Vitreo-Retinal Consultants, carried out the Lucentis repackaging "for no purpose other than increasing their profits," according to Richard Doyle, a Fort Lauderdale attorney who represents the majority of the plaintiffs.

quoted from http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/05/27/legal-woes-mount-for-menendez-scandal-doc.htm

Essential Read! CNS - Legal Woes Mount for Menendez Scandal Doc--in preliminary pleadings in the Palm Beach civil cases, Melgen blamed the contamination cluster on Eastern Pharmacy, a company that repackaged Lucentis for him. He alleged that batches of the drug were accidentally contaminated by Eastern Pharmacy during the compounding process, prior to being sent to his office for administration to patients.

FIFTY-FIFTH CONGRESS. SESS. II. CHS. 24,25. 1898.

[PDF]An Act Relating to the adulteration of foods and drugs in the District of ...

https://www.loc.gov/law/help/statutes-at-large/.../c55s2ch25.pdf
Library of Congress
8 hours ago - respect to the sale of any such patented medicine, compounded drug, or mixture, shall prove to the satisfaction of the court that lie had pur- chased the article in .

Second Circuit Deals Blow to Off-Label Marketing Claims

Lexology (registration)-11 hours ago
... does not know whether the use is off-label; and the script does not inform the pharmacy at which the prescription will be filled whether the use is on-label or off.

Class-action lawsuit questions Endo's PBM incentives

Philadelphia Business Journal-22 hours ago
The lawsuit alleges the company failed to disclose 'questionable incentives' intended to increase sales of a migraine treatment.

Monsanto and Bayer May Merge, Creating a Company That Would ...

AlterNet-17 hours ago
Bayer removed the drug from pharmacy shelves in the U.S., Europe and Japan, and U.S. and German lawyers announced that they are planning an amended 

FDA cattle feed rule causing concern

FDA cattle feed rule causing concern

WoodwardNews.net-6 hours ago
By creating the (VFD) classification, the FDA bypassed all of the state requirements for pharmacy and created one uniform federal standard, which creates a .

Drug costs rise at an alarming rate, as Medicare seeks unpopular ...

St. Louis Public Radio-10 hours ago
“Even the hospitals, pharmacy benefit managers, they all take a percent of the list price. And so in a weird way, everybody makes more money. Except for the 

Unsealed Records Show Drug Firms Flooded Rural West Virginia

Unsealed Records Show Drug Firms Flooded Rural West Virginia ...

Insurance Journal-20 hours ago
The records show one distributor shipped more than 300,000 hydrocodone tablets over four years to apharmacy in War, population 808. Records show another 

Xanax case involving University of Minnesota wrestlers comes as abuse, deaths are on the rise By Jeremy Olson Star Tribune MAY 27, 2016 — 7:12AM

Xanax case involving University of Minnesota wrestlers comes as ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune-14 hours ago
... can order up to five refills in six months without seeing a patient for a follow-up visit, said Cody Wiberg, executive director of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy

Implant to Curb Opioid Addiction Approved by FDA, Offering New ...

ABC News-16 hours ago
She said she stopped worrying that her kids would get into her medication or that her local pharmacy would not have the drug in stock. She also stopped waking ...
FDA Approves Implant to Battle Opioid Addiction
In-Depth-U.S. News & World Report-16 hours ago
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Lawmakers take proactive measure against deadly painkiller

WKBN.com-19 hours ago
Governor John Kasich signed an executive order in the beginning of May, allowing the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to make it illegal. The order would place

Activist William Ackman, Valeant Investor, Tries Life as an Inside Man

Wall Street Journal-16 hours ago
A bigger hit to the stock came in late October when a short seller alleged that Valeant had secretly been using a mail-order pharmacy, Philidor Rx Services LLC,

Hubbard case: Alabama Medicaid officials opposed language ...

AL.com-17 hours ago
American Pharmacy Cooperative Inc., (APCI) which represents independentpharmacies, was paying Hubbard's company $5,000 a month in 2013 at a time ...
Consultant: No Direct Order to Use Party Chairman's Firm
In-Depth-ABC News-18 hours ago
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CDC guidelines stress pharmacists' role in large-scale immunization ...

Pharmacy Today, American Pharmacists Association, pharmacist.com-22 minutes ago
“We were thrilled with the knowledge and professionalism of the pharmacy students and look forward to expanding immunization coverage through these ...

Pharmacists cry foul over Bill

The Star Online-14 hours ago
Any new pharmacy bill without the implementation of dispensing separation (DS) within a stipulated time frame is unprofessional and unacceptable. The most ..

Longs Sued For Overdose Accident

Honolulu Civil Beat-17 hours ago
But according to the complaint, the pharmacist behind the counter filled Yamashiro's prescription with Clozapine 200 mg, which is described in the lawsuit as “a ..

Fred's, Inc. (FRED) Q1 Earnings Beat, Sales Lag Estimates

Zacks.com-1 hour ago
The year-over-year rise in sales was driven by synergies from the Apr 2015 acquisition of EntrustRx specialty pharmacy. Comparable store sales increased 1%

New Department of Labor rule extends overtime pay to millions

Pharmacy Today, American Pharmacists Association, pharmacist.com-2 hours ago
APhA expressed concerns to the DoL that the new rules could adversely affect community pharmacies. The concern stems from the fact that practicing ...

Walgreens Boots Alliance Announces Pricing of $6 Bln of ...

Sonoran Weekly Review-13 hours ago
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. operates as a pharmacy-led health and wellbeing company. The company operates through three segments: Retail Pharmacy ...
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. Rings Nasdaq Opening Bell in ...
Business Wire (press release)-May 26, 2016

Pharmacists refuse to fill prescriptions from Anchorage doctor ...

KTUU.com-13 hours ago
Pharmacist Justin Ruffridge in Soldotna told the judge he became suspicious of Ahmad's practice when a number “extremely young” patients began arriving at ...

Pharmacy key as antibiotic-resistant superbug found

Australian Journal of Pharmacy (registration) (blog)-10 hours ago
Obtaining a sick certificate from a pharmacy, not a GP, may reduce the likelihood of a patient being sent away with an antibiotic prescription to go with it, she

Give pharmacy the power

Australian Journal of Pharmacy (registration) (blog)-15 hours ago
In cases where the medication had the potential for abide supply was influenced by the age and gender of the pharmacist, and the pharmacy location.

Chemists closures will 'hit poorest areas hardest' with 3000 local ...

Mirror.co.uk-20 hours ago
An analysis by the National Pharmacy Association has found that nearly a fifth of the chemists facing closure are in the poorest parts of England.

Inherently defective pharmacies

Lexology (registration)-8 hours ago
If your pharmacy had a serious building defect, who do you think might be liable for repairing it? Most pharmacists are quite surprised to hear that it is frequently ...

WNY online pharmacy penalized by state over Medicaid billing

Buffalo News-17 hours ago
A Western New York-based online pharmacy has agreed to pay nearly ... Vascuscript Inc., which does business as Mobile Pharmacy Solutions, agreed to the ...

Helping Save Opioid Addicts' Lives at Every Pharmacy in New Jersey

NJ Spotlight-8 hours ago
A growing number of chain pharmacies in New Jersey now sell a life-saving shot to opioid drug users without a doctor's prescription, part of a national effort by ..

First 'pan-drug resistant' bacteria found in US

ModernHealthcare.com-15 hours ago
Compounding the problem has been a dearth in the development of new antibiotics able to combat these anti-resistant pathogens. As of May an estimated 37 ...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Avella Announces Expansion and Relocation of Its Distribution Facility
Marketwired (press release)-4 hours ago
PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - May 26, 2016) - Avella Specialty Pharmacy has announced it is undertaking 
Bishop Takes To House Floor In Effort To Reverse Meningitis Ruling
WHMI-6 hours ago
The New England Compounding Centerpharmacy in Massachusetts was responsible for distributing 17,000 doses of a .

Important Read! Supplements, Lies, and a Lengthy Transcript

Supplements, Lies, and a Lengthy Transcript « Science-Based Medicine

https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/supplements-lies-and-a-lengthy-transcript/
9 hours ago - S. 784, sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch, would eventually be enacted as the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). I discovered this bit 
Russian doping: Inside Moscow's discredited drug-testing lab - Dan Roan. 1 hour ago. BBC Sports Editor Dan ...

Wisconsin Lawmakers Urge State to Investigate Rising Drug Prices

WUWM-22 hours ago
Zaibak took me behind the counter at the Hayat Pharmacy on 19th and North. About a dozen pharmacists and technicians were preparing orders. Zaibak says

NFL spokesman expects players to be interviewed next week about ...

WTMJ (press release) (subscription) (blog)-13 hours ago
About 37:29 into the video, Collins talked with Charlie Sly, whom Al Jazeera said was a doctor of pharmacy based in Texas. He spoke of his relationship with ..

Valeant Filing: CEO to Earn $1.5M, More if He Meets Goals

TheStreet.com-13 hours ago
... revenue bookkeeping tied to its former partnership with mail-order pharmacyPhilidor. Valeant has so far admitted to $58 million of improperly recorded sales

18 'words' reveal drug giant's pain pill shipments to WV

Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)-15 hours ago
“AmerisourceBergen and other wholesalers were being disingenuous,” said Delegate Don Perdue, D-Wayne, a retired pharmacist. “They knew what they were ..

DEA targets drug wholesalers to stem opioid epidemic

CBS News-14 hours ago
The DEA, along with six states, sued McKesson in 2008 for supplying hundreds of suspicious hydrocodone orders to rogue pharmacies. McKesson settled

Pharmacists press US Congress to pass pro-pharmacist, pro-patient ...

Pharmacy Today, American Pharmacists Association, pharmacist.com-4 minutes ago
"In response, these clinically-trained medication experts have flocked to ou

1.8 million pharmacy support signatures presented to UK PM

Australian Journal of Pharmacy (registration) (blog)-8 hours ago
UK pharmacy stakeholders have delivered a record-breaking petition in support of community pharmacy to Prime Minister David Cameron, protesting aga

meningitis-etc: Some Meningitis Suits May be Headed Back Home

meningitis-etc: Some Meningitis Suits May be Headed Back Home: By Walter F. Roche Jr. More than 20 of the remaining civil suits stemming from the deadly 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak may be headed fr...

meningitis-etc: Some Meningitis Payments Likely In July

meningitis-etc: Some Meningitis Payments Likely In July: By Walter F. Roche Jr. A key effort to negotiate a master settlement on federal claims on a trust fund for victims of the 2012 fungal men...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

California Board of Pharmacy Disciplinary Action Against Pharmacies in April 2016

Advance Medical Pharmacy, PHY 46345, Administrative Case AC 5010
Walnut Creek, CA
Through a disciplinary action of the Board, the license is voluntarily surrendered, however, the surrender is stayed until May 1, 2016, at which time the pharmacy shall be sold or closed.
Decision effective 4/20/2016.
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Jefferson Plaza Pharmacy, PHY 11062, Administrative Case AC 5113
Redwood City, CA
Through a disciplinary action of the Board, the license is revoked and canceled and the right to practice or operate has ended.
Decision effective 4/8/2016.
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Kerr’s Pharmacy, PHY 35423, Administrative Case AC 5106
Los Angeles, CA
Through a disciplinary action of the Board, the license is revoked, the revocation is stayed, and the licensee is placed on probation for 4 years and is subject to the terms and conditions in the decision.
Decision effective 4/1/2016.
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http://www.pharmacy.ca.gov/enforcement/fy1314/ac135199
Los Angeles County Harbor UCLA Medical Center Pharmacy, HPE 4775, Administrative Case AC 5199
Torrance, CA
Through a disciplinary action of the Board, the license is revoked, the revocation is stayed, and the license is placed on probation for 3 years, and is subject to the terms and conditions in the decision.
Decision effective 4/20/2016.
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Sierra Pharmacy, PHY 49260, Administrative Case AC 4826
San Bernardino, CA
Through a disciplinary action of the Board, the license is revoked, the revocation is stayed, and the licensee is placed on probation for 4 years and is subject to the terms and conditions in the decision including a seven day suspension from pharmacy operations beginning May 2, 2016 through May 9, 2016.
Decision effective 4/1/2016.
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University Compounding Pharmacy, PHY 45621, Administrative Case AC 4347
San Diego, CA
Through a disciplinary action of the Board, the license is revoked, the revocation is stayed, and the licensee is placed on probation for 4 years and is subject to the terms and conditions in the decision
Decision effective 4/1/2016.
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University Compounding Pharmacy, LSC 99018, Administrative Case AC 4347
San Diego, CA
Through a disciplinary action of the Board, the license is revoked, the revocation is stayed, and the licensee is placed on probation for 4 years and is subject to the terms and conditions in the decision
Decision effective 4/1/2016.
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California Board of Pharmacy Newsletter The Script Spring 2016 (note section on Compounded pain creams: High profit margin and danger and note disciplinary action taken against compounding pharmacies for various reasons)

New Laws Aim To Help Arizona Curb Overdose Abuse, Deaths

KJZZ-17 hours ago
State officials pushed through two new laws during the recently ended legislative ... The Arizona State Board of Pharmacy is working to develop standards for .

Arizona allows pharmacists to change prescriptions

Digital Journal-3 hours ago
Phoenix - Arizona has become the first U.S. state to allow pharmacists to change the medicine prescribed on a doctor's prescription for a similar drug product.

Senators propose fee on prescription opioids to fund treatment ...

Pharmacy Today, American Pharmacists Association, pharmacist.com-9 hours ago
U.S. Sens. Angus King (I-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) proposed a bill Tuesday that would impose a fee on prescription opioids as a way to fund substance ..

Dispensing advice on the phoney pharmacist war

Irish Medical Times-13 hours ago
Over the past few months, it appears some colleagues have decided to declare a 'cyber war' on Irish pharmacists. An unofficial online campaign is been waged, .

NPA Responds to Senator McCaskill's Statement on Dietary ...

Press Release Rocket-May 19, 2016
Consumers can also rest assured knowing that supplements are regulated by the government. Manufacturers of dietary supplements are required to follow the 

FDA Official Comments on New Dietary Supplements Office at CRN ...

WholeFoods Magazine-12 minutes ago
Washington, D.C.—At the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) Regulatory Summit, Steve Tate, acting director at the Office of Dietary Supplement Programs 

Guest Post: Injuries And Related Drug Use On The Track

Mondaq News Alerts (registration)-May 24, 2016
Catastrophic breakdowns of thoroughbred horses are becoming more common as they become increasingly fragile over the years. Horses are doped up on .