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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

by pharmacy on August 20, 2014

national-immunization-awareness-monthAugust is National Immunization Awareness Month. It’s the perfect time to discuss immunizations with patients who come in to pick up their regular prescriptions. Many people are under the impression that vaccines are just for children, but the fact is that adults are just as susceptible to many conditions. Vaccinations are important year round, not just during flu season. Several immunizations, such as the tetanus shot, require boosters every 10 years. Adults who suffered chicken pox as a child will benefit from a shingles vaccination. [click to continue…]

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FDA Approves Inhaled Insulin

by pharmacy on August 6, 2014

Afrezza-Technosphere-insulinIn late June, MannKind Corp. announced the FDA approved their product, an inhaled form of insulin, known as Afrezza. [click to continue…]

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Coumadin Injection Recalled

by pharmacy on July 30, 2014

coumadin-injectionIn July, Bristol-Myers Squibb announced the recall of some of their 5 mg single-use Coumadin injections. Six lots are affected in the recall: 00201125, 00201126, 00201127, 00201128, 00201129, and 00201130. The voluntary nationwide recall is a result of visible particulate matter found in some unreleased samples. These lots were distributed in six-count cartons to pharmacies from November 2011 through January 2014. The expiration dates stagger from September 2014 until September 2015. [click to continue…]

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Hospital Pharmacies Don’t Miss Codeine

by pharmacy on July 23, 2014

codeine-in-hospitalsIn 2012, the FDA required a warning and additional contraindication in labeling for any products that contained codeine. This was designed to discourage doctors from prescribing the medications for post-surgery pain relief in children who’d just had a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy. [click to continue…]

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Iowa Pharmacists Fill Allergy Testing Niche

by pharmacy on July 15, 2014

penicillin-allergy-test-skin-prickFor over 10 years, pharmacists at Iowa Methodist Medical Center have tested patients for penicillin sensitivity. The program hasn’t always run smoothly, but it works in an effort to avoid treating with more expensive medications, and medications that often have more serious side effects. [click to continue…]

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ulcerative-colitis-drug-remedyOn May 20, 2014, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and the FDA announced vedolizumab as a treatment option for moderate to severe ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD) for adults whose illness did not respond to or tolerate other treatment options.

Specifically, the labeling for this monoclonal antibody therapy indicates it is for use with UC or CD patients who did not adequately respond to tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blocker or immunomodulator or to corticosteroid therapy treatments. [click to continue…]

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