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Articles from Vol. 155, No. 8, August

Actavis: Poised for the Future
In just a little over a decade, Actavis has earned the right to be called a global leader in the development and manufacture of generic pharmaceuticals. Derived from the Latin "acta," meaning action, and "vis," meaning strength, the company's name aptly...
Amneal Pharmaceuticals Focuses on the Business by Serving Customers
Amneal Pharmaceuticals is a generic drug company on the move. It has climbed to No. 8 in the generic drug market for prescriptions dispensed, according to IMS Health 2010. Product diversification, acquisition of a new manufacturing plant, and research...
An Ounce of Prevention
What are vaccination programs worth to you?Across the country, pharmacists are assuming a new role in healthcare delivery. They are helping prevent the spread of disease in their communities by advocating and administering vaccinations to keep people...
Approval Pathway for Biosimilars Still Evolving
Many questions about implementation await answersIt's complicated. Those words sum up the current status and apparent future of biosimilars, which received a boost from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its amendment of the Public Health...
Automation and Technology Bring Value to the Pharmacy
Pharmacy automation systems offer their users a way to improve and streamline their workflow. By boosting efficiency and reducing errors, they contribute to improved service to patients. Viewed from a broader perspective, these changes can provide the...
Be Prepared: First Aid Products for Summer's Mishaps
OTCSummertime, and the living is ... well, fraught with opportunity for scratches, scrapes, bruises, stings, bites, cuts, strains, sprains, and broken bones. People are fer more frequently exposed to accident and injury during the summer months; for...
California Association Launches Ombudsman Program
The California Pharmacists Association is launching what may be the nation's first ombudsman program run through a professional association. The goal is to provide employee pharmacists with a free, confidential resource to help them deal with workplace...
Coalition Launches Campaign to Educate Public about Adherence
The National Consumer League (NCL) has launched a nationwide campaign, Script Your Future, to improve medication adherence by stressing the importance of taking medications as directed and providing consumers with tools to help them do so.Poor adherence...
Data-Mining Uncovers Hyperglycemic Drug-Drug Interaction between Paroxetine and Pravastatin
Bioinformatics researchers at Stanford University have uncovered a never-before reported drug-drug interaction between pravastatin (Pravachol, Bristol-Myers Squibb) and paroxetine (Paxil, Glaxo SmithKline). The combination appears to increase mean blood...
Do PPIs Interact with Aspirin?
ANTICOAGULATION THERAPIESMuch ongoing research and discussion concerns the risks of using proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) with Clopidogrel, Data suggest that patients who take this drug combination have a higher risk of poor cardiovascular outcomes. This...
FDA Approves Benlysta for SLE, Horizant for RLS
WEW DRUG REVIEWBelimumab intravenous injection(Benlysta, Human Genome Sciences)Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a serious, potentially fatal autoimmune disease that affects between 300,000 to 1.5 million Americans of all races; for African- American...
Generics Continue to Roll Up Medication Markets
Big Pharma is going on an involuntary diet this year. Over the next 4 years, drugmakers will lose patent exclusivity on products worth more than $140 billion worldwide. The bulk of the loss, $90 billion according to market data provider Datamonitor,...
Global Pharmaceuticals: The Formulation Experts
Global Pharmaceuticals is the generics division of Impax Laboratories Inc., a technology-based specialty pharmaceutical company and a leader in the development, manufacture, and marketing of prescription pharmaceutical products using its formulation...
Hi-Tech Pharmacal: A Solid Source of Quality Products
In a highly competitive industry that faces continued challenges, Hi-Tech Pharmacal remains the rock-solid source of quality products it has been for the last 3 decades.An established U.S.-based company that prides itself on being customer-focused, Hi-Tech...
Interprofessional Communication
AN ONGOING CE PROGRAM OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND DRUG TOPICSHealthcare provision increasingly involves multiple professions with different levels of education and training. Given the structure of the modern healthcare system,...
Letters
Vocational schools? Vote No"Re: "A call for a moratorium on new pharmacy schools" [Dispensed as Written, June 2011]:I agree 150% with what Fred Mayer has said about halting the proliferation of pharmacy schools. I have been concerned about the "business...
Long-Term Pioglitazone Use May Increase Bladder Cancer Risk
NEW DATAOn June 15, FDA published an online safety communication informing prescribers and patients that pioglitazone (Ados, Takeda Pharmaceuticals America Ine) use may be associated with a 20% to 40% increased hazard of new bladder cancer.This new safety...
Lupin's Global Integrated Team Focuses on Delivering High-Quality Generics
Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (LPI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Lupin Ltd., is among the top 4 pharmaceutical companies in India. With its sales and marketing headquarters located in Baltimore, Md., LPI is dedicated to delivering affordable, high-quality...
MTM and Medication Adherence: There's Just One Problem . .
VIEW FROM THE ZOOI'm sure the people at Merck meant well, and really, I suppose I should be flattered It may be a sign that Fm making it in the world of words that someone from Merck's media relations department reached out to let me know about the company's...
New Flat Bottle to Be Unveiled at NACDS Technology Meeting
INNOVATIONSA new flat rectangular pill container may render obsolete the traditional round plastic vials and bottles used throughout the healthcare industry. Produced by Juno Technologies LLC, San Diego, Calif,, the "m-pack" will be introduced at the...
New HIPAA Standards Coming for Electronic Claims and Transmissions
LEGAL COMPLIANCEPharmacy technology must comply by January 1, 2012As healthcare moves swiftly toward a more comprehensive electronic platform, pharmacies will be required to upgrade their claim submission standard from NCPDP 5.1 to NCPDP D.0, an updated...
New Products
RX & OTCRXCARENew drugsProStrakan Group PLC has received FDA approval for Rectiv (nitroglycerin ointment 0,4%) for the treatment of moderate-tosevere paia associated with chronic anal fissures, Rectiv is the only prescription product approved by...
Oncology Drug Shortage Raises Safety Concerns
Continuing shortages of generic oncology chemotherapeutic agents has become a danger. It is limiting patient-care choices, affecting clinical outcomes, and stretching already tight pharmacy resources."The shortage has changed how we handle these products...
Pharmacy School Opening in 2012 Will Offer Clinical Trials Management
New Rite Aid program helps consumers enjoy summertime fun safely.NEW PHARMACY SCHOOLPharmacy students who attend The Medco School of Pharmacy at Farleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J., next year will be educated in several specialty pharmacy...
Pill-Splitting: Correctly Used, It Can Benefit Patients and Serve Society
IN MY VIEWPill-splitting, sometimes also referred to as pill-cutting, is a common practice often employed by patients, providers, and healthcare systems. As with many things in medicine, the use of pill-splitting can have both positive and negative consequences,...
Professional Liability Insurance: A Short Primer
RISK MANAGEMENT & CQIFrank made a mistake. When the pharmacy's summer employee, a first-year pharmacy student, complained of a headache, he gave her an Rx-OnIy drug. She eventually had to go home. Over the next few days, her health deteriorated and...
Right Now. for Your Business and the Lives of Millions. Roxane
At Roxane, every day, every hour, every Right Now is about doing our part to make sure our customers and people around the world have access to quality and affordable pharmaceuticals. We're charged by the possibilities of generic drugs and recognize...
Rite Aid, Skin Cancer Group Launch Sun Safety Campaign
Rite Aid Corporation and the Skin Cancer Foundation have launched a new healthy skin-care campaign offering free informatbn online and in all Rite Aid stores to consumers, and increased professional information to the chains pharmacists."Our pharmacists...
Stepping Past the Edge
VIEWPOINTThis morning when I got up, my mind was clear at last. It is as though I have awakened from a very long night of fitful dreams filled with distorted images.Last summer, my 20-year-old son took his life in a particularly violent manner. For me,...
Take Your Best Shot
JP AT LARGEI know that when someone is standing at the counter staring at me, they want my attention. I also know that if I look at them, Fm done for. At that point, I have no choice but to smile and see what they want. I cannot give every person immediate...
Teva Pharmaceuticals: Making Quality Healthcare Accessible
Teva Pharmaceuticals is the leading generic drug company in the United States. Teva now represents 21% of the U.S. generic prescriptions, with 1 out of every 6 U.S. prescriptions being filled with a Teva product. Teva introduced 18 generic products in...
The $290 Billion Pharmacy Problem
DISPENSED AS WRITTENOn May 11, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin and the National Consumers League (NCL) launched "Script your Future," a 3 -year national campaign to improve medication adherence [see related article, page 54 ] . Formed in response...
Walgreens and Johns Hopkins to Collaborate in Unique Training and Research Partnership
Walgreens' pharmacists will be better able to help patients manage chronic diseases and assist in new medical research as part of a unique training and research partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Md.In late May, Johns Hopkins and Walgreens'...
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