Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Chin's attorneys are hoping to place the blame on the co-founder of the
The California Board of Pharmacy is seeking sanctions against a UCLA Health system compounding pharmacy that was shut down last year over potentially adulterated › 2017/09 › openin...
19 hours ago - Glenn Chin leaving the federal courthouse in Boston Tuesday after the first day of his trial on 25 counts of second ...

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) – the use of medication combined with counseling and behavioral therapies – is one of the major pillars of the federal response to the opioid epidemic in this country. This type of treatment is an important tool that has the potential to help millions of Americans with an opioid use disorder regain control over their lives. In fact, patients receiving MAT cut their risk of death from all causes in half, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Addressing the epidemic of opioid addiction is my highest public health priority. One element of that effort is promoting more widespread, safe adoption of MAT as a way to help more people overcome addiction. Continue Reading

FDA: Human Drug Compounding Outsourcing Facility Fees (updated)

Coalition Pushes Insurance Companies to Better Fund Alternatives to ...
23 hours ago - A bipartisan coalition of 37 states and territories are calling on health insurance companies to help find solutions to the nation's opioid crisis. West Virginia and ...

Opioids on the Job Are Overwhelming American Employers - Bloomberg
33 mins ago - How America's Opioid Crisis Spiraled Out of Control. At Philip T

Opioid overdoses shorten life expectancy by 2½ months - CNN
21 hours ago - (CNN) Opioid drugs -- including both legally prescribed painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, as well as illegal drugs such as heroin or illicit fentanyl -- are not only killing Americans, they are shortening their overall life spans.

Annual Meeting - Texas Pain Society

41 States To Investigate Pharmaceutical Companies Over Opioids

41 States To Investigate Pharmaceutical Companies Over Opioids

NPR-17 hours ago
The pharmaceutical industry already faces dozens of lawsuits brought by cities, counties and states — including Ohio, Missouri and Oklahoma. Some are trying ...

Reminder: It's very unusual to vote on a health-care bill before ...

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The Congressional Budget Office is a nonpartisan group tasked with evaluating the budgetary effects of legislation that's proposed in the House and Senate.

Single-payer health care: What is it?

Fox News-1 hour ago
With the ObamaCare debate continuing in the U.S., popularity for the European-style health care model of single-payer has gained more traction, especially ...
Health care as a unifier
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Latest GOP Effort To Replace Obamacare Could End Health Care ...

NPR-18 hours ago
"The Graham-Cassidy plan would take health insurance coverage away from ... It would cut federal funding for health care by more than $400 billion over 10 ...
Graham-Cassidy Is Already Hurting Health Care
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Under latest health-care bill, red states would benefit ...

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The latest Republican proposal for curtailing the Affordable Care Act was assembled with such haste that it may get a vote before a full cost estimate is finished.

Assisted dying: Lethal dose set to be cocktail of legal drugs washed ...

The Age-7 hours ago
... of requiring these drugs to be legalised, it is likely compounding pharmacists in ... with a university pharmacy department to research available medications, ...

Judge rejects state's veiling of death drug

Arkansas Online-4 hours ago
... medical equipment for the execution process," and specifically list them as "the compounding pharmacy, testing laboratory, seller, or supplier," the judge said, ...

Amid opioid investigation, Texas and other states demand drug ... KGBT-TV-14 hours ago

Amid opioid investigation, Texas and other states demand drug ...

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But for folks making low wages, dealing with federal assistance applications and finding temporary housin

Florida pharmacist in charge, employee convicted in $30 million compounding medication fraud scheme Proceeds used to buy a $3.6 million mansion formerly owned by Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson, a Ferrari, two Rolls Royces, other luxury autos, DOJ said

Florida pharmacist, employee convicted in $30 million compound ...

Healthcare Finance News-18 hours ago
"As the pharmacist in charge, Francois was responsible for the compounded medications, which were made in-house by the pharmacy," the DOJ said, citing ...

Allergan: Is Imprimis Spat Another Ruse To Crush Restasis Competitor ... › Investing Ideas › Quick Picks & Lists › Healthcare
5 hours ago - IMMY is expected to come to market with a drug to treat dry eye, putting it in competition with Restasis. Is the spat another attempt to crush a Restasis competitor ...

'Shocking' disregard for safety in U.S. meningitis case -prosecutor

'Shocking' disregard for safety in U.S. meningitis case -prosecutor
22 hours ago - Former New England Compounding Center supervisory pharmacist Glenn Chin enters the federal court in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., September 19, 2017.
10 ways the newest ACA repeal bill is harsher than the previous GOP bill
The new Senate Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could reduce funding, coverage and consumer protections even more sharply than the GOP's previous repeal bill.  READ MORE
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with its National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System partners, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention & the United States Department of Agriculture, will be holding the 2017 Scientific Meeting of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS). The purpose of this public meeting will be to summarize NARMS progress since the last public meeting in 2014, present recommendations made by the recent FDA Science Board review of NARMS in 2017, and to explore new possible directions for NARMS within a One Health paradigm.

The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 24 and Wednesday, October 25, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s South Building, in the Jefferson Auditorium, 14th & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250.

Read entire press release.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

503B Outsourcing Facilities Exposed to Civil Liability for Allegedly Compounding “Essential Copies” of Commercially Available Drugs September 19, 2017 | By: Jason M. McLaren, Esq., Pharm.

503B Outsourcing Facilities Exposed to Civil Liability for Allegedly ...
5 hours ago - An outsourcing facility may use a bulk drug substance in compounding only if it appears on a list to be developed by FDA “for which there is a clinical need” (also known as the “503B Bulks List”) or, alternatively, “the drug compounded from such bulk drug substance” appears on the FDA's drug shortage list at the time ...
Lawyers trade jabs as meningitis outbreak murder trial opens

News & Observer · 3 hours ago
Reed Smith
The FDA recently published a draft guidance to assist industry and State and local governments in understanding how to categorize entities in the drug supply chain in accordance with the DSCSA.

FDA To Allow Certain Office-Use Compounding, In Exchange For GMP Oversight
FDA will release guidance within two months green lighting certain office-use compounding, so long as those 503A pharmacies register as 503B ...

Ohio Issue 2, Drug Price Standards Initiative (2017) - Ballotpedia,_Drug_Price_Standards_Initiative_(2017)
10 hours ago - Issue 2 would require the state and state agencies, including the Ohio .... The Ohio BallotBoard wrote the ballot language for this measure. .... and could negatively impact non-state pharmacyprograms, including those that serve veterans.

Administration of Injections by Pharmacists - State of Ohio Board of ...
5 hours ago - of the Ohio Administrative Code authorizes a pharmacist to administer, by injection, any of the following ... United States food and drug administration.

Texas Board's New Telemedicine Rules Could Still Cause Problems hours ago

Texas Board's New Telemedicine Rules Could Still Cause Problems hours ago
Per state law passed earlier this year, the board has to set those rules jointly with ... of Nursing, Texas Physician Assistant Board and Texas Board of Pharmacy.

Oklahoma seeking plan to combat opioid epidemic

NonDoc-11 hours ago
But unlike some other states, it has no limits on initial opioid prescriptions, only a ... chief compliance officer for the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy, said the ...

How Pharmacy Benefit Managers Lower Prescription Drug Prices minutes ago
Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are professionals that administer prescription drug plans for payers, employers, and CMS programs with the goal