CDC Releases “Dear Provider” Letter to Clarify Measles Recommendations

The CDC released a new “Dear Provider” letter this month to clarify adult MMR recommendations and immunity questions.  In the letter, the CDC states: Providers do not need to actively screen adult patients for measles immunity.  This is because of high population immunity and low risk of disease among adults in non-outbreak areas in the […]

DEA Reports April’s Take Back Day Set Record

The DEA has reported the 17th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day had its highest-ever partner participation.  DEA and its law enforcement partners report that April’s Take Back Day collected almost 469 tons of unwanted drugs at nearly 6,400 collection sites.  This collection brings the total collected amount of unused or expired prescription medications to […]

Federal Drug Trafficking Charges Filed Against Rochester Drug Cooperative And Two Executives

A pharmaceutical distributor is facing federal drug trafficking charges over the opioid crisis for the first time.  Federal prosecutors have charged Rochester Drug Cooperative (RDC) and two former executives with “conspiring to distribute and defrauding the government.”  RDC, the sixth-largest drug distributor in the nation, has agreed to pay a $20 million fine to settle […]

Next Drug Take Back Day Scheduled for April 27

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host the next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Now in its 9th year, the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events continue to remove ever-higher amounts of opioids and other medicines from the nation’s homes, where they […]

Buddy Carter Calls on Congress to Expose PBM Middlemen

Representative Earl “Buddy” Carter (R-GA), the only pharmacist serving in Congress, has written a letter to the editor, published in the Wall Street Journal, that says a key way to make prescription medicines more affordable is to address the role of the pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) who, he wrote, “have way too much control in […]