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Updated Articles and Resources

By Ada Lio

Updated Articles and Resources
  • Seven Essential Interview Questions for Pharmacists Created: Thursday, March 31, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Seven Essential Interview Subjects for Pharmacists
  • Drug Compounding Created: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 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...
  • Medicare and Drug Compounding Created: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
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  • 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...
  • New Drugs for 2012, Part 1: Voraxaze, Inlyta & Erivedge Created: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Get a quick review of the indications for, and potential complications with, medications newly approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration during 2012. This entry summarizes and provides link...
  • What Is the Strategic National Stockpile? Created: Saturday, November 17, 2012 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains the Strategic National Stockpile with funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The SNS includes prescription drugs, OTC medica...
  • What Is Nonsterile Drug Compounding? Created: Sunday, October 21, 2012 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    "Nonsterile" compounded drugs are safe. The name means only that the merest trace of contamination does not threaten the lives of people who use the products. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians w...
  • What Are Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, or APIs? Created: Monday, September 17, 2012 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Also known as bulk pharmaceuticals, active pharmaceutical ingredients, or APIs, make prescription and over-the-counter drug work. Chemical plants in China and India produce nearly half of all APIs ...
  • Controlled Substances: What DEA and State Drug Schedules Mean for Pharmacists Created: Sunday, August 19, 2012 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    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...
  • When Is It OK to Import a Prescription Drug Into the U.S. for Personal Use? Created: Tuesday, October 02, 2012 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Patients living in the United States can only obtain medications for personal use from suppliers based outside the country if they satisfy strict criteria. Practically ever product sold through a "...
  • Pharmacists' Conscience Rights: When Is It OK to Refuse to Fill a Prescription Created: Monday, September 24, 2012 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Conscience issues most often come up in pharmacies in relation to filling and dispensing prescriptions for emergency contraceptives like Plan B (levongestrel from Teva Women's Health Care). Pharmac...
  • A Quick Introduction to Pharmacy Malpractice Insurance Created: Thursday, September 20, 2012 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    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...
  • Generic Drug Trends: Are We Headed for an All-Generic Drug Pharmacopeia? Created: Wednesday, August 08, 2012 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Utilization of generic prescription medications in the United States has grown steadily since adoption of the Hatch-Waxman Act in 1984 eased the requirements for getting unbranded follow-on small-m...
  • Brand Name Drugs Created: Saturday, April 09, 2011 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Branded drugs drive innovation in the drug industry
  • What Do Drug Side Effect Terms Mean? Part 4, Nasopharyngitis to RPLS Created: Monday, January 28, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
    Technical terms for drug side effects can be difficult for patients, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to understand. Having straightforward definitions can help people stay saf...
  • How to Plan and Prepare for an Emergency Affecting Your Pharmacy Created: Thursday, November 22, 2012 Updated: Sunday, February 24, 2013
    As businesses and essential links in the health care response system following natural disasters, terror attacks and pandemics, community, hospital and other types of pharmacies must have well-deve...
  • What Do Drug Side Effect Terms Mean? Part 1, ALT/AST to Bronchospasm Created: Friday, January 11, 2013 Updated: Monday, January 28, 2013
    Language used in prescribing information package inserts and medication guides for U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved prescription drugs can be confusing for patients, doctors, nurses, phar...
  • How Does FDA Regulate Drug Compounding by Pharmacies? Created: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Updated: Sunday, January 20, 2013
    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...
  • How to Prevent Thefts From Pharmacies Created: Thursday, January 10, 2013 Updated: Thursday, January 10, 2013
    Preventing the theft of money and medications from pharmacies in chain, retail, hospital, clinic and mail-service setting requires a combination of physical security features, software programs and...

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