Thursday, August 16, 2018

CDC monitoring measles cases in 21 states, including Oklahoma 15, 2018
Health officials across the country are monitoring the spread of measles across 21 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and ...

At least 107 measles cases confirmed across 21 states By Susan Scutti, CNN Updated 8:24 PM ET, Wed August 15, 2018

FDA: Pharmaceutical company voluntarily recalling thyroid medication

WTMJ-TV (press release) (blog)-6 hours ago
The FDA has announced that company Westminster Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling some of its thyroid medication tablets. According to the FDA, the ...

Monsanto's ethics are questionable, but the $289-million verdict ...

Los Angeles Times-14 hours ago
Internal documents unsealed by a judge show Monsanto taking strong steps to massage data to portray one of its key products, the weed-killer glyphosate, ...
A shock court verdict against Monsanto's Roundup
Opinion-The Economist-16 hours ago

Bayer Stock Keeps Falling as Its Monsanto Woes Stack Up

Fortune-17 hours ago
Bayer stock continues to slide in the wake of last week's bombshell verdict on the carcinogenic nature of Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller. Bayer bought ...

Grassley wants closer scrutiny of insurance deals

The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines-10 hours ago
The three largest pharmacy benefit managers — which help employers manage costs — are integrated with insurance companies, Grassley said. Carolyn ...

DEA, other law enforcement agencies raid home, 2 pharmacies

WHSV-8 hours ago
(AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement agencies conducted raids at a West Virginia home and two pharmacies as part of ...

Gold Coast Health Plan faces state audit over pharmacy controversy

Ventura County Star-10 hours ago
Gold Coast Health Plan's $100 million-plus annual pact with pharmacy giant OptumRx, reimbursements that independent pharmacists say are killing their ...

Pharmacy middlemen charge Ohio Medicaid 31 percent mark up for ...

Dayton Daily News-13 hours ago
Pharmacy middlemen charged Ohio Medicaid plans 31 percent more for generic prescriptions than the amount they paid pharmacists for the drugs.
Ohio ends pharmacy middlemen contracts over 'spread pricing'
Pharmacy Today, American Pharmacists Association, hours ago

Endo lifts temporary stay of US FDA litigation hours ago
In light of an outsourcing facility's recent announcement that it has launched a ready-to-use vasopressin product compounded using bulk drug substances under ..

Trump urges federal lawsuit against opioid manufacturers

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

As FDA Commissioner, addressing the opioid epidemic and the misuse and abuse of these drugs remains one of my highest priorities. As we look at tackling the opioid crisis, it’s important that we take a close look at all the access points where these powerful medications can be obtained. We must also ensure that all health care professionals understand their role and responsibility in prescribing these products, and lend our support in appropriately managing them.

The FDA knows that veterinarians are also on the front lines when it comes to combatting the opioid epidemic that has gripped much of our country, and that keeping opioids secure in the veterinary practice, while retaining access for patient who need pain control, is a primary concern. Today, the agency has published a resource that will help veterinarians comply with federal and state regulations for prescribing, storing and disposing of these products; know how to help pets that overdose; and identify signs that may indicate the potential for abuse. Please see: 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Lawsuit Aims To Make Opioid Companies Pay For The 'Pill Spill'

WJCT NEWS-7 hours ago
Hillsborough County has joined the state of Florida in suing 14 opioid manufacturers and distributors, including Purdue Pharma - the maker of Oxycontin.

Veterinarians Say Pet Owners Are Hurting Animals to Get Opioids

Gizmodo-Aug 13, 2018
A recent survey suggests that some people struggling with opioid addiction might be turning to a tragically desperate method to get more prescription painkillers:

People deliberately harm pets to get prescriptions for opioids - WISC-TV3-Aug 11, 2018
According to a study by the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, people addicted to opioids are injuring their own pets, or even dogs not belonging ...

Why New York sued Purdue Pharma for fraud, deceptive marketing of ...

The Journal News | hours ago
One key difference in NY Attorney General Barbara Underwood's lawsuit is that it claims Purdue continued to engage in deceptive marketing of its opioid ...

Florida's new opioid law: What you need to know

Orlando Sentinel-18 hours ago
When Dr. Pamela Trout, a pediatrician and a solo practitioner in Orlando, heard about the state's new opioid law, she didn't worry because she rarely prescribes

Fraud case slapped on pharmacy owner

The Tribune-Aug 11, 2018
Days after the sealing of Willmark Pharmaceutical Private Limited for allegedly manufacturing and selling banned drugs, the rural police have registered an FIR ...

Former New Port Richey pharmacy settles claims alleging kickbacks ...

Tampa Bay Business Journal-Aug 10, 2018
Trinity Medical Pharmacy LLC and several of its executives have agreed to a $2.2 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, to resolve allegations that ..

DEA conducts raids in Morgantown area

West Virginia MetroNews-6 hours ago
Kevin McWilliams, DEA spokesperson, said the agency was executing a search warrant on the owner of Bruceton Pharmacy and American RX Pharmacy.

Red Bud pharmacy owner pleads guilty to federal healthcare fraud ...

Belleville News-Democrat-6 hours ago
A Red Bud pharmacist pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal healthcare fraud charges of collecting more than $630,000 in payments on false prescription ...
Red Bud pharmacist pleads guilty to fraud charges
Local Source-The Republic-Times-6 hours ago

Canadian pharmacist fined for routinely accessing health records of ...

Healthcare IT News-Aug 13, 2018
pharmacist in Canada has been fined and suspended from practice for six months for spying on the electronic health records of 46 people she knew, including 

Wichita pharmacy owner indicted in prescription opioid case

KWCH-6 hours ago
Ebube Otuonye, 45, Bel Aire, Kan., pharmacist and owner of Neighborhood Pharmacyat 2251 E. 21st North in Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of ...

Ohio ends pharmacy middlemen contracts over 'spread pricing' hours ago
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio's Department of Medicaid will end the state's contracts with pharmacy benefit managers which bill taxpayers more than they reimburse ...

Defendant's Testimonial Evidence of Obtaining Consent Precludes ...

JD Supra (press release)-Aug 10, 2018
On Oct. 9, 2015, his office received an unsolicited one-page advertisement from KRS Biotechnology, a Florida-based compounding pharmacy. The fax promoted 

Health Care Qui Tam Update Recently Unsealed Whistleblower ...

The National Law Review-Aug 13, 2018
Defendants' Businesses: Defendant AgeVital Pharmacy, LLC, is a compoundingpharmacy that provides compounded pharmaceuticals to Medicare ...

New Cream Scheme Described in Latest Indictments

WorkCompCentral-Aug 13, 2018
Federal prosecutors have announced a guilty plea and a settlement agreement in two more compounding pharmacy kickback schemes, one of which involved ...

Prosecutors charge top figure in $400M-plus pharmacy fraud

WTOK-Aug 8, 2018
Prosecutors say Spell co-owned Medworx Compounding, a Ridgeland pharmacy. Spell faces up to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors also want him to forfeit more

Medicare fraud costs NJ billions. Feds create a strike force to catch the ... 13, 2018
... Atlantic City area obtained often unnecessary prescriptions for specially-made creams and ointments from a so-called “compounding” pharmacy, which is able 

Pharmacy tech in NECC meningitis case pleads guilty to mail fraud

The Boston Globe-Aug 13, 2018
A pharmacy technician from the Framingham compounding pharmacy that was the source of a deadly meningitis outbreak has agreed to plead guilty to one ..

Infection Control Lacking in Outpatient Oncology hours ago
In these environments, infection control failures come in the form of hand hygiene failures, poor isolation precautions, breaches in sterile compounding ...