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FDA Approves Venclexta

by pharmacy on May 18, 2016

cancer treatmentThis past April, the FDA approved a new drug, targeting treatment for a form of leukemia that has been especially difficult to treat due to a specific chromosomal abnormality. The drug is called Venclexta and treats Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. cancer treatment venclexta [click to continue…]

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Reducing Medication Errors

by pharmacy on May 11, 2016

reduce medication errorsEach year, medication errors are among the leading causes or preventable deaths in the United States. The new rules are applicable to biologics, new drugs, over the counter medications, and generic drugs. This is a component of the overall initiative of the FDA to make drug safety a priority. The most common causes of medication errors can be attributed to communication errors between healthcare providers, communication errors between patients and their providers, medication names that sound similar, and medications or packaging that looks similar. [click to continue…]

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Animal Antibiotics and Cancer

by pharmacy on May 4, 2016

animal antibiotics swineRecent media coverage surrounding the potential link between cancer and the use of a certain veterinary antibiotic has created a great deal of public concern. The news stories are based on an FDA press announcement regarding the potential decision to rescind its approval of treating swine with carbadox. The potential risk is associated with trace amounts of carcinogenic residue left in pork products produced from swine treated with the drug. The manufacturer or the drug says they are close to proving the safety of their drug with new studies and plant to contest the ruling. The FDA has created a comprehensive list of questions and answers about the carbadox ruling, including the history, products affected, and recommendations. [click to continue…]

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Are Acid Reflux Drugs Dangerous?

by pharmacy on April 27, 2016

Acid Reflux DrugsAccording to recent data, about 20% of the United States population will suffer with some form of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in a given year. GERD is essentially chronic acid reflux, and it is becoming more common and more severe. Hospitalization for GERD rose by more than 200% between the years of 1998 and 2005. [click to continue…]

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Meet the New Commissioner of the FDA

by pharmacy on April 20, 2016

Food and Drug AdministrationIn February, the Senate overwhelmingly voted to confirm the new commissioner of the FDA, Robert Califf. Califf was nominated by President Obama in September of 2015 for the position. Over the past few months, the nomination was contested for a variety of reasons before finally satisfying the Senate review. [click to continue…]

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FDA Opioid Action Plan

by pharmacy on April 13, 2016

opioid regulation pharmacyOver the past several years, there has been a great deal of attention focused on the increasing number of individuals addicted to and abusing opioids. State legislatures, healthcare providers, and the federal government have all been looking at ways to reduce dependency. [click to continue…]

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