Wednesday, February 21, 2018

More awareness, research needed on abuse risk of non-opioid ...

Science Daily-6 hours ago
She has found that abusers typically mix gabapentin with opioids, marijuana, cocaine and opioid treatment medication, compounding side effects to the central nervous system that include euphoria and sedation. Some people who have primarily abused opioid pain medication have turned to gabapentin after crackdowns ...

BuzzFeed Report Identifies Secret Identity Of Missouri Execution ...

KCUR-19 hours ago
Missouri's execution drug, the sedative pentobarbital, is made by a compoundingpharmacy in a St. Louis suburb, according to a BuzzFeed report published Tuesday. The identity of the compounding pharmacy has been a state secret, despite lawsuits brought by media outlets and inmates, the latter claiming it was ...

Linwood man is the latest guilty plea in prescription-fraud scheme

Press of Atlantic City-13 hours ago
Nicholas Tedesco and others recruited public employees and other individuals covered by the pharmacy benefits administrator to fraudulently obtain compoundedmedications that were not medically necessary. The prescriptions were faxed to the compounding pharmacy, which filled the prescriptions and billed the .

When The Sport of Curling Should Make Your Hair Curl

By Adam Turteltaub adam.turteltaub@corporatecompliance.org In the You Can’t Make This Up Department, reports out of Korea indicate that a Russian curler has tested positive for a banned substance.  Yup, doping in curling. Doping in sports is not so surprising these days.  Doping from a Russian athlete, not so shocking either.  But doping in curling?  Really?  […] 
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Americans Invented Modern Life. Now We’re Using Opioids to Escape It.
 
The scale and darkness of this epidemic is a sign of a civilization in a more acute crisis than we knew.
 
By ANDREW SULLIVAN

Missouri Fought For Years To Hide Where It Got Its Execution Drugs. Now We Know What They ...
Foundation Care is what is known as a compounding pharmacy, one that mixes specialty drugs that are not readily available on the market. These pharmacies are more loosely regulated than traditional manufacturers, and slipshod practices at some of them have led to tainted drugs and deadly disease ...

BuzzFeed investigation finds Missouri execution drug supplier has troubled safety history
A BuzzFeed News investigation has found that a St. Louis-area compounding pharmacy with a troubled safety history has provided execution drugs to the state of Missouri for the last four years. Sources told BuzzFeed News reporter Chris McDaniel that Foundation Care, based in Earth City, supplied the ..

Facilities Registered As Human Drug Compounding Outsourcing Facilities Under Section 503B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) Updated as of 2/2/2018

Recent FDA Announcements and Actions Relating to Compounding

02/12/2018Casmara Cosmetics, S.A.Center for Drug Evaluation and ResearchCGMP/Finished Pharmaceuticals/AdulteratedNot Issued *

Middle Township Teacher Admits Health Care Fraud Conspiracy ...

https://www.justice.gov/.../middle-township-teacher-admits-health-care-fraud-conspira...
4 days ago - Although compounded drugs are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),they are properly prescribed when a physician determines that an FDA-approved medication does notmeet the health needs of a particular patient, such as if a patient is allergic to a dye or other ingredient.

Middle Township Teacher Admits To $2M Health Care Fraud Scheme ...

philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2018/02/16/shawn-sypherd-health-care-fraud/
4 days ago - MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) – A Middle Township teacher has admitted to defrauding state health benefits programs and other insurers out of over ... as a recruiter in the conspiracy and persuaded individuals in New Jersey to obtain very expensive and medically unnecessary compounded medications ...

Middle Township teacher pleads guilty in prescription-fraud scheme

www.shorenewstoday.com/middle_township/.../middle-township-teacher-pleads-guilt...
2 days ago - CAMDEN — A Middle Township social studies teacher Friday became the 14th person and the second educator to plead guilty in federal court to his role ... to federal court documents, theprescription drug ring worked by recruiters faxing fraudulent prescriptions for expensive, unneededcompounded drugs ...

Opioids, other pharmaceutical challenges to be topic of "TED-style ...

Columbia Missourian-15 hours ago
The relationship between pharmacists and the opioid crisis will be one of the topics of a presentation hosted by the St. Louis College of Pharmacy this week in Columbia. Three professors from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy will present their research at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Country Club of Missouri. The TED .

Pharmacies fail to advise on paracetamol, ibuprofen

Australian Journal of Pharmacy (blog)-22 hours ago
Group which also includes the Consumers' Association, sent undercover researchers into 78 pharmacies to find out if staff were counselling on adverse events and correct use of medicines. The pharmacies included independents as well as high street stores like Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy, Asda, Tesco and Morrisons.

Pharmacies fail to advise on paracetamol, ibuprofen

Australian Journal of Pharmacy (blog)-22 hours ago
Group which also includes the Consumers' Association, sent undercover researchers into 78 pharmacies to find out if staff were counselling on adverse events and correct use of medicines. The pharmacies included independents as well as high street stores like Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy, Asda, Tesco and Morrisons.

Drug firm loses bid to keep opioid lawsuit out of county ravaged by ...

Charleston Gazette-Mail-7 hours ago
Between 2006 and 2014, McKesson also shipped a total of 5.8 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to a small pharmacy in Mount Gay, population 1,800. The company supplied another 2.3 million prescription painkillers to the Logan County drugstore's branch location in Stollings, just 3 miles away, according to the ...

Pharmacy School on Probation

The HawkEye-6 hours ago
Toni Brooks is set to join the ULM School of Pharmacy in the upcoming fall semester. The news of the pharmacy school possibly losing its accreditation did not settle well with pre-pharmacy major Brooks or any other student in the program. The pharmacyschool failed to meet four out of the 25 standards set by the .

Governor to Call Special Session on Pharmacy Reimbursement ...

KARK-5 hours ago
The Arkansas Pharmacists Association blames pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), the middle men between pharmacists and providers. The issue reached the state capitol, where two lawmakers introduced a bill to give the state insurance department oversight of PBMs. "That's the exact right place for it," Pace said.

Authorities mum on Red Bud pharmacy investigation; owner says it's ...

Belleville News-Democrat-10 hours ago
A search warrant was served at Gibson's Discount Drugs, said Red Bud Police Chief John Brittingham, according to an email newsletter sent Feb. 9 by the North County News. Brittingham said the Illinois State Police had served a warrant and a federal agency was investigating. Owner Steven Gibson, who is a pharmacist

Monday, February 19, 2018

Special legislative session could make Arkansas first to regulate pharmacy benefit managers By Benjamin Hardy Arkansas Nonprofit News Network

Special legislative session could make Arkansas first to regulate ...

Arkansas Times-38 minutes ago
Most of the 285,000 beneficiaries of Arkansas Works — which provides low-income adults with Medicaid-subsidized health insurance through private carriers — are on Blue Cross plans. That fact has compounded pharmacists' losses and helped prompt demands for the legislature to intervene, perhaps by giving state ...

Saturday, February 17, 2018


TAMPA, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Pharmacies doing business in Florida are alleged to have submitted false claims to government programs. United States of America, ex rel. Dwayne Thornton, filed a complaint on April 21, 2017, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Tampa 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Washington is taking aim at drug industry middlemen. But can it ...

STAT-11 hours ago
s Washington's interest in drug prices has spiked in recent years, a largely invisible industry has suddenly found itself in the spotlight. Pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are the middlemen who stand between manufacturers and consumers in the nation's drug business. And they've been blamed by pharma companies .

Opinion: How Amazon could lose its health-care bid while drug ...

MarketWatch-Feb 15, 2018
It is one of three railroads for drugs in the U.S. McKesson distributes drugs to thousands of independent pharmacies, as well as giants like CVS Health CVS, +1.00% , Rite Aid RTA, -1.18% and Walmart WMT, +1.50% McKesson operates two distinct distribution businesses: branded and generics. Though these businesses ...

Middle Teacher Admits Role in Rx Fraud

Cape May County Herald-3 hours ago
An entity referred to in the information as the “Pharmacy Benefits Administrator” provided pharmacy benefit management services for the state Health Benefits Program, which covers qualified state and local government employees, retirees, and eligible dependents, and the School Employees' Health Benefits Program, .

A D'Iberville man owes $20000 to a pharmacy, judge says. Here's why.

The Sun Herald-2 hours ago
Large numbers of pills went missing from a pharmacy technician's shift at a D'Iberville pharmacy. The DEA, court papers show, viewed video surveillance footage from Back Bay Pharmacy showed the woman stealing the pills. Her son, found with 100 oxycodone pills in a traffic stop, is now going to prison for distributing 

Lynbrook pharmacy owner arrested and charged with defrauding ...

liherald-19 hours ago
The owner of a Lynbrook pharmacy was arrested Thursday and charged with defrauding the state Medicaid program out of millions of dollars, claiming his business dispensed expensive cancer medications to patients that it did not even have in stock. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli ...

House Committee: 2 Pharmacy Managers Sent 12.3 Million Opioid ...

TheStreet.com-2 hours ago
Letters from the committee beginning in 2017 show that the two pharmacymanagers were shipping high numbers of pain killers to the small town, based on data from the Drug Enforcement Agency. The letters asked the companies to explain what steps were taken to ensure the drugs were not leaking out in the black ...

Hot Topic!! Must Read! One small town, two drug companies and 12.3 million doses of opioids

One small town, two drug companies and 12.3 million doses of opioids

Washington Post-19 hours ago
Two of the nation's biggest drug distributors shipped 12.3 million doses of powerful opioids to a single pharmacy in a tiny West Virginia town over an eight-year period, a congressional committee revealed Thursday. The Family Discount Pharmacy in Mount Gay-Shamrock received the drugs from McKesson Corp. and ...

There's more to being a pharmacist than meets the eye

Insider Louisville-2 hours ago
Whether you're shopping at your favorite grocery or department store or happen to be visiting your neighborhood drugstore, you've likely needed to visit the pharmacy to pick up or refill a prescription. The pharmacist retrieves your order, tells you what you need to know about your prescription—if they haven't already done ..

A Former Naturopath Blows the Whistle on the Industry

A Former Naturopath Blows the Whistle on the Industry

HowStuffWorks-18 hours ago
After graduating from Bastyr and practicing as a naturopathic doctor for three years, she had a "pretty gnarly experience." She discovered that her boss and mentor was treating cancer patients with a non-Food and Drug Administration-approved natural chemotherapy drug called Ukrain. Compounded with growing fears that ...

Compounded drug marketing firm owner pleads guilty in $45 million ...

Reuters-14 hours ago
The owner of a company that marketed compounded medications has pleaded guilty in New Jersey federal court to orchestrating a scheme to defraud private and government-funded healthcare programs out of $45 million by submitting claims for medically unnecessary drugs. Steven Butcher, a former pharmaceutical sales

Compounded drug marketing firm owner pleads guilty in $45 million ...

Reuters-14 hours ago
The owner of a company that marketed compounded medications has pleaded guilty in New Jersey federal court to orchestrating a scheme to defraud private and government-funded healthcare programs out of $45 million by submitting claims for medically unnecessary drugs. Steven Butcher, a former pharmaceutical sales

Compounded drug marketing firm owner pleads guilty in $45 million ...

Reuters-14 hours ago
The owner of a company that marketed compounded medications has pleaded guilty in New Jersey federal court to orchestrating a scheme to defraud private and government-funded healthcare programs out of $45 million by submitting claims for medically unnecessary drugs. Steven Butcher, a former pharmaceutical sales

FDA Wants To Create Compounding, Digital Health Centers Of ...

Inside Health Policy-16 hours ago
Should the president's budget hike for FDA get ratified, the agency would spend the extra $400 million dollars on: creating Centers of Excellence for compounding and digital health, researching continuous manufacturing, standing up third-party certification of medical device quality, advancing near-real-time evaluation of ...

High Importance!! Must Read: Compounding medication scam had $45 million price tag Cherry Hill Courier Post · 18 hours ago

Compounding medication scam had $45 million price tag

Cherry Hill Courier Post · 18 hours ago

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Current Animal Food GRAS Notices Inventory


"GRAS" is an acronym for the phrase Generally Recognized As Safe. Under sections 201(s) and 409 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act), any substance that is intentionally added to food is a food additive, that is subject to premarket review and approval by FDA, unless the substance is generally recognized, among qualified experts, as having been adequately shown to be safe under the conditions of its intended use, or unless the use of the substance is otherwise excluded from the definition of a food additive.

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