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Updated Articles and Resources

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Updated Articles and Resources
  • Drug Compounding Created: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
    Drug compounding is typically practiced in specialty pharmacies, and is a throwback to the old days of pharmacy. Here's the low-down on what it involves." itemprop="descrip='t3'" --> itemprop="desc...
  • Eliquis (Apixaban) Added as New Blood-Thinning Drug to Prevent Strokes Created: Saturday, December 29, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
    Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer will co-market the newly approved tablets, which are indicated for the treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, caused by a problem other than a malfunctioning heart valve.
  • Drug Compounding Created: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    Compounding is practiced typically in specialty pharmacies but can be practiced anywhere. Here's the basic information about it.
  • Linzess (Linaclotide) Approved for Relieving Chronic Constipation, IBS Symptoms Created: Friday, August 31, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    U.S. drug makers Ironwood Pharmaceuticals and Forest Laboratories are touting the new drug's ability to ease intestinal pain for people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.
  • When Is It OK to Import a Prescription Drug Into the U.S. for Personal Use? Created: Tuesday, October 02, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
    Patients living in the United States can only obtain medications for personal use from suppliers based outside the country if they satisfy strict criteria.
  • PBM, Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement Terms, Part 1: AMP to FUL Created: Saturday, October 27, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    What health insurance companies, pharmacy benefits managers, Medicare and Medicaid pay pharmacies, hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities for prescription drugs dispensed and administered...
  • Sterile Compounding Guidelines: Standards, Equipment and Contracting Created: Friday, October 05, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
    Keeping contaminants such as fungi and bacteria out of compounded medications requires using specialized equipment and following strict guidelines for preparing, assaying and storing customized dos...
  • How Does FDA Regulate Drug Compounding by Pharmacies? Created: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authority to regulate pharmacies and pharmacists that prepare compounded medications. The rules regarding whether pharmacy-made compounded drugs must be ap...
  • What Obamacare Means for Community Pharmacists Created: Monday, July 23, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
    Changes to how community pharmacists handle Medicaid claims, DMEPOS sales and providing medication therapy management services are coming with the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affor...
  • A Quick Introduction to Pharmacy Malpractice Insurance Created: Thursday, September 20, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    Giving a patient a prescription drug other than the one prescribed, administering an incorrect dose of medication or incorrectly counseling patient on how to take a drug can make a pharmacist, stud...
  • What Is Nonsterile Drug Compounding? Created: Sunday, October 21, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    Nonsterile drug compounding is the millennia-old practice of preparing specific medication doses for patients to drink, swallow, insert or apply to the skin." itemprop="des$zTP='t3'" --> itemprop="...
  • Top 5 Pharmacy Benefits Managers Created: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 09, 2014
    Very large pharmacy benefits management companies cover prescription drugs for more than 50% of Americans with health insurance. This list includes basic facts about the five largest PBMs as measur...
  • Top 9 Pharmacist Responsibilities Created: Thursday, July 12, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
    Pharmacist do much more than fill prescriptions. To help patients treat disease and maintain their health, pharmacists also counsel, recommend dietary supplements and lifestyle changes like eating ...
  • Controlled Substances: What DEA and State Drug Schedules Mean for Pharmacists Created: Sunday, August 19, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
    Federal and state governments restrict the prescribing, dispensing and use of drugs that can cause addiction, be abused for nonmedical purposes and cause potentially fatal side effects. The U.S. Dr...
  • What Are Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, or APIs? Created: Monday, September 17, 2012 Updated: Friday, May 09, 2014
    Also known as bulk pharmaceuticals, active pharmaceutical ingredients, or APIs, make prescription and over-the-counter drugs work. Chemical plants in China and India produce nearly half of all APIs...
  • How to do Pharmacy Billing Created: Friday, May 13, 2011 Updated: Thursday, May 01, 2014
    Pharmacy billing is very dependent on technology, but it's vital to understand the process.
  • Seven Essential Interview Questions for Pharmacists Created: Thursday, March 31, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
    Seven Essential Interview Subjects for Pharmacists
  • Medicare and Drug Compounding Created: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    Unless otherwise specified, Medicare Part B covers compounded drugs administered in hospitals and long-term care facilities." itemprop="description">
  • What Do Drug Side Effect Terms Mean? Part 2, Dysgeusia to Hepatic Toxicity Created: Saturday, January 12, 2013 Updated: Friday, November 08, 2013
    Patients, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can understandably get lost trying to understand all the essential information in U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved prescription drug prescri...
  • What Do Drug Side Effect Terms Mean? Part 3, Hypercalcemia to Myelosuppression Created: Monday, January 28, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, November 06, 2013
    Prescription drug package inserts and medication guides for U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs often include language that does more to confuse patients, doctors, nurses, pharmacists ...
  • New Drugs for 2012, Part 12: Eliquis, Sirturo & Fulyzaq Created: Wednesday, January 02, 2013 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    On Dec. 28, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, on its third review, approved Bristol-Myer Squibb and Pfizer’s Eliquis (apixaban) to lower atrial fibrillation patients’ stroke ...
  • New Drugs for 2012, Part 11: Gattex, Adasuve & Juxtapid Created: Monday, December 31, 2012 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    During the last 10 days of December 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved NPS Pharmaceuticals’ Gattex (teduglutide) to improve the effectiveness of I.V. nutritional support in ...
  • New Drugs for 2012, Part 10: Cometriq, Iclusig, Raxibacumab & Signifor Created: Friday, December 28, 2012 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Between Thanksgiving and Christmas 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Exelixis’ Cometriq (cabpzantib) to treat metastatic medullary thyroid cancer, Ariad PharmaceuticalsR...
  • New Drugs for 2012, Part 9: Fycompa, Synribo, Xeljanz & Flucelvax Created: Thursday, December 27, 2012 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    During October and November 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Eisai’s Fycompa (perampanel) as a treatment for partial-onset seizures in adults, teens and children older tha...
  • New Drugs for 2012, Part 8: Bosulif, Aubagio, Stivarga & Jetrea Created: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    During September and the beginning of October 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved and licensed Pfizer’s Bosulif (bosutinib) for a specific type of treatment-resistant blood c...
  • New Drugs for 2012, Part 7: Stribild, Tbo-Filgrastim, Linzess & Xtandi Created: Monday, December 24, 2012 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Within four days at the end of August 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved and licensed Gilead Sciences’ Stribild (elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine and tenofovir disopr...
  • New Drugs for 2012, Part 6: Kyprolis, Tudorza Pressair, Zaltrap & Marqibo Created: Sunday, December 23, 2012 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    During mid-summer 2012 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Onyx Pharmaceuticals’ Kyprolis (carfilzomib) for patients with treatment-resistant multiple myeloma, Forest Laboratories&...
  • New Drugs for 2012, Part 4: Stendra, Elelyso, Perjeta & MenHibirix Created: Saturday, December 22, 2012 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    During 2012 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Vivus’ Stendra (avanafil) to treat erectile dysfunction, Pfizer’s Elelyso (taliglucerase alfa) to replace the enzyme patients ...
  • What Do Drug Side Effect Terms Mean? Part 5, Septicemia to Xerostemia Created: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Patients, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can all find the language used in drug labeling confusing and confounding. Warnings and lists of side effects in prescribing informat...
  • Important and First-Time Generic Drug Approvals for 2012 Created: Tuesday, January 01, 2013 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    First-time and critically needed generic drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration during 2012 included pancrelipase pancreatic enzymes, which are equivalent to AbbVie’s Creon; ...
  • New Drugs for 2012, Part 3: Surfaxin, Omontys, Amyvid & Votrient Created: Saturday, December 22, 2012 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    During March and April 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Discovery Laboratories’ Surfaxin (lucinactant) to resolve respiratory distress in infants born prematurely, Affymax...
  • New Drugs for 2012, Part 2: Kalydeco, Zioptan & Korlym Created: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    From late January through February 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved or licensed three new prescription medications: Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ Kalydeco (ivacaftor) for a spec...

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