Month: August 2016

Medication Errors–A Threat To Patient Safety

Source: Colorcon By Jay Anbil and Steve Yoder Medical prescription drug errors by doctors, pharmacists and patients account for 1.5 million incidences of sickness, injuries or deaths in the U.S. each year. Thirty percent of these unnecessary adverse events are attributed to human errors in identifying drugs and dosages. In fact, more people die from …

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Mylan Offers Patient Discounts to Lower Price of EpiPen

Mylan is cutting out-of-pocket costs for its EpiPen after members of Congress and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton lambasted the company for hiking the price of the emergency allergy therapy. Saving cards worth up to $300 will reduce the price of the EpiPen by at least 50 percent, the company said Thursday. The cards will be …

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Sagent recalls more of its antibiotics manufactured in India

Sagent Pharmaceuticals ($SGNT) is widening its recall of antibiotics manufactured by one of its India-based contractors after a customer complained that small, dark particulate matter were found in the solution after it was reconstituted. The latest action falls on the heels of a recall that came earlier this summer of 3,990 vials of oxacillin for …

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ACI’s keeps you, and your research safer – Aseptic Containment Isolators do a superior job!

August 24 2016.   Aseptic Enclosures.  St. Louis, MO.   The purpose of this post is to help you evaluate the type of hood you do your sterile and containment work in.  It is our strong contention that much more laboratory work should be done in a class III ACI a.k.a.  Glove-box, Isolator, etc.  They provide …

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Naira devaluation causing drug shortage – Pharmacists

Nigerian pharmacists, under the aegis of the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria, have lamented the declining value of naira, saying it poses a threat to the delivery of health care in the country. The body particularly noted that due to the continuous fall in the value of naira, Nigeria had begun to …

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FDA Seeks Input on OTC Infectious Disease Testing

The benefits and risks of over-the-counter tests for infectious diseases including respiratory infections, Group A Streptococcus and certain sexually transmitted infections (STIs) — and how the FDA should evaluate them — is the topic for an agency advisory committee meeting to be held Tuesday. The FDA said it has been approached by manufacturers wishing to market OTC …

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Chemo drug in pregnancy may cause early menopause in daughters

Etoposide works by blocking an enzyme, which is necessary forcancer cells to divide and grow into two new cells. If this enzyme is blocked, the cell’s DNA becomes tangled, and the cell can no longer divide. According to Cancer Research UK, between 1-10 in every 100 people experienceinfertility due to the use of etoposide. Chemotherapy can stop the ovaries from producing …

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Compounding Pharmacists Unhappy With New FDA Guidance Documents

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is slowly issuing multiple guidances for state-licensed community, hospital, and federally licensed outsourcing compounding pharmacies—and raising hackles in doing so. The agency issued three final “interim” guidances in June,1–3 which followed its three draft guidances in April.4–6Those guidances cover issues such as central compounding pharmacies in health systems, ingredients that …

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The FDA just greenlit releasing mutant Zika-killing mosquitoes in Florida

Our sci-fi future just got a whole lot closer to becoming a reality, after the Food and Drug Administration gave the okay to a field trial that would release genetically modified Zika-killing mosquitoes in the Florida Keys. On Friday, the FDA released a final environmental assessment of the trial, finding that it “will not have significant impacts …

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Rock star cancer treatment is being scrutinized after clinical trial deaths

Sometimes, a cancer patient just knows when enough is enough. Robert Legaspi, 27, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) when he was 9 years old. Since then, his cancer has recurred several times. The chemotherapy regimens have been long and brutal, and it’s taken two years each time for him to get back into …

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