Friday, May 18, 2018

Best Reads Of The Week With Brianna Labuskes

Kaiser Health News-4 hours ago
Up in Vermont, the governor signed legislation that could allow the state to importdrugs from Canada. HHS still has to approve the policy, though, and since ...

Vermont Eyes Drug Imports From Canada

Valley News-17 hours ago
Montpelier — Vermont is attempting to create a first-in-the-nation program to allow the wholesale importation of prescription drugs from Canada, but first the state ...

Vermont Legislators Pass A Drug Importation Law. So What?

Kaiser Health News-11 hours ago
This week, Vermont passed a first-in-the-nation law that would facilitate the state's importation of prescription drugs wholesale from Canada. It represents the ...
How Cigna and Express Scripts decided to merge amid Anthem drama
A new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows why Cigna and Express Scripts decided to join forces in the wake of their breakups with health insurer Anthem.  READ MORE

Thursday, May 17, 2018

F.D.A. names and shames drug makers to encourage generic competition SHEILA KAPLAN 11 mins a

Racing's efforts to grapple with horse slaughter not enough, at least for ...

The Guardian-8 hours ago
Drugs like the painkiller phenylbutazone are ubiquitous in racehorse training, but ... This is compounded by the lack of a comprehensive national “passport”

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on new agency efforts to shine light on situations where drug makers may be pursuing gaming tactics to delay generic competition

No patients should be priced out of medicines they need to support their health. As stressed by the President and Secretary Azar last week, one of the Administration’s highest priorities is advancing policies that increase competition as a way to help make drugs more affordable and improve access. Continue reading

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

FDA approves the first non-opioid treatment for management of opioid withdrawal symptoms in adults


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Lucemyra (lofexidine hydrochloride) for the mitigation of withdrawal symptoms to facilitate abrupt discontinuation of opioids in adults. While Lucemyra may lessen the severity of withdrawal symptoms, it may not completely prevent them and is only approved for treatment for up to 14 days. Lucemyra is not a treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), but can be used as part of a broader, long-term treatment plan for managing OUD. Continue reading.

Drug companies bought doctors fancy meals — and then those ...

Vox-21 hours ago
Doctors who had just one extra meal paid for by an opioid company were more likely to prescribe opioids than doctors who got fewer free meals, according to a ...

6 states sue maker of OxyContin as they battle expenses, human costs ...

USA TODAY-12 hours ago
“As Purdue got rich from sales of its opioids, Texans and others across the nation were swept up in a public health crisis that led to tens of thousands of deaths ...
opioid epidemic
Fortune-3 hours ago

10 face charges in York County for statewide prescription drug ring

York Dispatch-17 hours ago
Officials said the group went to various pharmacies throughout the state and presented fraudulent prescriptions, which Tracie Peurifoy created in her 

340B scrutinized in Senate, targeted by Trump

Healthcare Dive-16 hours ago
The original intent of 340B was to lower the price of drugs for hospitals, enabling ... and that confusion has been compounded by a lack of transparency for all ...

DoJ intervenes in whistle blower allegations of Insys paying kickbacks

The Pharma Letter-2 hours ago
This is especially troubling when the drugs are opioids,” said Acting ... but the abuse 

Imprimis offshoot raises $20M to develop dry-eye meds

FierceBiotech-22 hours ago
RELATED: Imprimis spins out dry eye disease drugs to create biotech. Imprimis has a history of identifying compounded drugs it believes can win their own FDA ...

Imprimis Pharmaceuticals Announces First Quarter 2018 Results

PR Newswire (press release)-17 hours ago
The company's flexible business model allows a drug to be compounded or developed as an FDA-approved product through one of its subsidiaries or ...

Auditor "shocked" by massive billing schemes at rural hospitals CBS News

Auditor "shocked" by massive billing schemes at rural hospitals
CBS News
Higher reimbursement rates have made rural hospitals targets for schemes that have generated nearly half a billion dollars in allegedly fraudulent billing Read the full story
Doctor accused of fraud and misdiagnosing patients to fund 'opulent lifestyle'
CNN
A federal indictment charges Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada with involvement in a $240 million health care fraud case that funded a "lavish" and "opulent lifestyle." Read the full story

Senate committee turns 340B spotlight on drugmakers
The Senate health committee took hospitals out of the 340B hot seat to focus on pharmaceutical companies. Lawmakers wanted to know how much drugmakers may be overcharging 340B hospitals for discounted drugs.  READ MORE

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Get Docs Out of Drug-Buying Business, HHS Chief Urges Azar details plan for competitive bidding program in Medicare Part B

Posted: 14 May 2018 07:45 PM PDT

Amid Opioid Crisis, Chicago Drug Sales Rep License Gains National ...

Forbes-2 hours ago
Almost one year after the city of Chicago implemented its ordinance requiring licenses for pharmaceutical sales representatives, the effort is gaining attention .

Cheap meals for docs boost opioid drug sales, says Boston Medical ...

Boston Herald-4 hours ago
It's no secret that some physicians who receive thousands of dollars in consulting fees from pharma companies prescribe more opioids. But even as little as a ...

Reynolds signs bill addressing opioid epidemic

Quad City Times-14 hours ago
DUBUQUE — Calling it a move that “represents a significant step forward in Iowa's efforts to address the opioid epidemic,” Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law a ...

More evidence companies pay some doctors to prescribe opioids

NBCNews.com-20 hours ago
Perks such as payments, free meals and speaking fees may be strongly influencing some doctors to prescribe opioids, researchers reported Monday.
Opioid Prescriptions Tied to Perks for Doctors
Highly Cited-WebMD-19 hours ago

Surface Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces $20 Million Series A ...

PR Newswire (press release)-3 hours ago
The company's flexible business model allows a drug to be compounded or developed as an FDA-approved product through one of its subsidiaries or

FDA Alters Course on Definition of Compounding “Facility” in Final...

https://www.natlawreview.com/.../fda-alters-course-definition-compounding-facility-fi...
3 hours ago - Businesses engaged in human drug compounding, both traditional pharmacies and the more recently created outsourcing facilities, have been on quite a .
02/05/2018Infant Acid Reflux Solutions LLCLos Angeles District OfficeUnapproved New Drugs/MisbrandedNot Issued *
04/16/2018Ei LLCDallas District OfficeCGMP/Finished Pharmaceuticals/AdulteratedNot Issued *
04/25/2018Baker's Best Health Products, Inc.Chicago District OfficeUnapproved New Drugs/MisbrandedNot Issued *
05/09/2018Reine LifescienceCenter for Drug Evaluation and ResearchCGMP/Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API)/AdulteratedNot Issued *

Monday, May 14, 2018

Trump vows to end 'rip-offs' at the pharmacy counter

Washington Times-May 11, 2018
Trump vows to end 'rip-offs' at the pharmacy counter ... Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices, which would save seniors billions of dollars at the pharmacy.”.

DEA Seizes Records and Drugs from East Bay Pharmacy with ...

NBC Bay Area-May 9, 2018
A Walnut Creek pharmacy with a troubled past is once again being scrutinized by authorities for dispensing large quantities of powerful prescription opioid .

Trump targets pharmacy benefit managers, but offers few details

The Columbus Dispatch-May 11, 2018
President Donald Trump put a big target on the backs of pharmacy middlemen that negotiate drug prices with manufacturers and set payments to pharmacies ...

Bismarck pharmacist charged with terrorizing, sending child ...

Bismarck Tribune-5 hours ago
A Bismarck pharmacist is accused of terrorizing students at a school and sending child pornography to 20 people, including his own family members.

Pharmacy Bottle

CBS DFW-3 hours ago
The CBS 11 I-Team has learned that there are more than 2.3 million prescription drug dispensing errors made every year in pharmacies across the United ..

Taylor pharmacy temporarily loses license for allegedly dispensing too ...

Southgate News Herald-21 hours ago
Documents filed by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, or LARA, allege that Seaway Pharmacy in Taylor violated several portions of ...

Ohio Hustled To Fill Its Pharmacist Shortage. Now Are There Too Many?

WOSU Public Media-17 hours ago
For the last two decades, the demand for pharmacists outpaced their supply - until now. Supply has finally caught up to demand, especially in Ohio. Pharmac

Amazon Could Devastate Walgreens and Rite Aid by Getting Into ...

TheStreet.com-13 hours ago
"Alexa, order me my Lipitor" are five words that could prove financially devastating to pharmacies such as Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA - Get Report) , CVS ...

Cost of Equine Drugs Set to Skyrocket

Horse-Canada.com (blog)-5 hours ago
Health Canada has proposed increases to veterinary drug service fees which ... to manage animal welfare using compounded and other unlicensed products.