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 […]

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 […]

Oregon Study Shows Pharmacist Prescribing of Birth Control Increases Access; Reduces Costs

A new study from the Oregon Health & Science University shows that pharmacist prescribing of birth control increases accessibility to contraception and reduces the overall cost and rate of unintended pregnancies.  Oregon passed a law allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control in 2015 — this study focused on the first two years of the program […]

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 […]

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 […]