CDC Releases New Best Practice Guidelines for Immunizations

The CDC has released the General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization as an online report, replacing the General Recommendations on Immunization, last published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) in 2011. The General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization goes beyond vaccination recommendations to give providers guidelines on vaccination practice. The document will help […]

FDA Restricts the Use of Codeine and Tramadol Medications in Children

The FDA has restricted the use of prescription codeine pain and cough medicines and tramadol pain medicines in children.  Side effects of these medicines in children under 12 include slowed or difficult breathing and death.  The FDA also warns against the use of codeine and tramadol medicines in breastfeeding mothers. They are now requiring the […]

Alabama Pharmacists Successfully Fight Xanax Reclassification

Last week, Alabama pharmacists successful fought against increased regulations on Xanax.  The Alabama Department of Public Health had moved to reclassify Xanax as a Schedule II drug, putting it on the same level as opioids.  The Department of Public Health and Alabama Medical Association believed the reclassification would cut down on overdoses and save lives. […]

Surescripts Introduces New System to Improve Quality, Safety, and Cost

Earlier this week, Surescripts announced it’s launching a new system, Sentinel, which will measure the accuracy of electronic prescriptions and deliver insights to pharmacists, prescribers, and technology vendors. “With more than 70% of prescriptions delivered electronically today, this comprehensive approach will have a direct impact on patient care by helping pharmacists and prescribers identify and […]

National Group Develops State Policy Recommendations for Pharmacist Medication Administration

NASPA and CPNP Convene Experts to Improve Medication Adherence The Medication Administration Stakeholder Group, convened by the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) and the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP), has developed state policy recommendations for pharmacist administration of medications. These recommendations encompass all non-vaccine medications, and also specifically address the administration of […]

NASPA Welcomes New Honorary Member

NASPA is pleased to welcome Rear Admiral Pam Schweitzer as our newest Honorary Member.  NASPA membership voted to invite Rear Admiral Schweitzer as an Honorary Member in recognition of her support of NASPA and the state pharmacy associations and her never-ending work advocating for the profession of pharmacy within CMS, the public health service, and beyond. […]