Over 100 Organizations Urge Congress to Oppose Importation of Non-FDA Approved Drugs

Over 100 health, patient advocacy, and law enforcement organizations, including NASPA and state pharmacy associations, signed on to a letter sent to President Trump and members of Congress asking them to safeguard patients and protect the secure U.S. prescription drug supply.  The letter reminds the president and members of Congress that four previous FDA commissioners […]

Upsher-Smith Hosts NASPA/Pharmacists Mutual Leadership Conference

Upsher-Smith Laboratories recently hosted the NASPA/Pharmacists Mutual Leadership Conference at its Maple Grove headquarters on May 20-21, 2019. The two-day conference, which educates newly elected leaders and association executives on best practices in association governance and financial management, aims to strengthen the performance of state and national pharmacy associations across the United States, and to help raise public […]

USP Compounding Updates Nearing Publication, Implementation

USP Compounding General Chapters are nearing publication (June 1, 2019) and implementation (December 1, 2019): <795> Pharmaceutical Compounding – Nonsterile Preparations (revised chapter published June 2019) <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations (revised chapter published June 2019) <825> Radiopharmaceuticals – Preparation, Compounding, Dispensing, and Repackaging (new chapter published June 2019) You can stay up-to-date on […]

Learn How to Start Conversations About Naloxone

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has just released a new resource aimed at helping pharmacists talk to their patients about naloxone use.  As APhA reports, “coprescribing naloxone to patients taking opioids has been shown to significantly reduce opioid-related harms. Greater access to naloxone has been associated with 63% fewer emergency department visits and 27%–46% fewer […]

Walgreens to Train Pharmacy Staff in Mental Health First Aid

Walgreens, in a partnership with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the National Council of Behavioral Health (NCBH), has launched a training program for their pharmacists to better identify the warning signs of mental health and substance abuse problems.  The online program, adapted from a program developed in 2001 in Australia, is a 4-hour interactive […]

Surescripts Releases 2018 National Progress Report

Surescripts recently released its 2018 National Progress Report and concluded that “interoperability is occurring at scale and driving measurable improvements in healthcare quality and cost for patients and providers,” according to their press release.  Notable findings from the report include: Processed 17.7 billion secure data transactions in 2018 — a 29% increase from 2017 Added […]