Medication management

Sep 7, 2018
The Food and Drug Administration today released for public comment a revised draft memorandum of understanding for states regarding interstate distribution of “inordinate amounts” of compounded drugs by licensed pharmacists or physicians. Under the prior draft, issued in 2015 and on which AHA…
Aug 29, 2018
The AHA Aug. 28 urged the Drug Enforcement Administration to reconsider its proposed 2019 aggregate production quotas for certain controlled substances, which the agency said would reduce manufacturing quotas for six frequently misused opioids by an average 10 percent. “Hospitals and other…
Aug 24, 2018
The Food and Drug Administration recently authorized the temporary import of hydromorphone hydrochloride injection from Canada to address a critical shortage of the drug, an opioid pain medication. This product is marketed in Canada, and is manufactured in Canada by Sandoz Canada Inc. At this time…
Aug 15, 2018
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released an online toolkit to help primary care practices improve care for patients taking opioids for chronic pain. Called Six Building Blocks, the toolkit offers a structured team-based approach to improvement in six areas: leadership and…
Jul 27, 2018
The Food and Drug Administration yesterday issued an update for health care providers treating patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest using a Zoll LifeVest 4000 wearable cardioverter defibrillator. In January, FDA alerted patients and providers that the device may fail to deliver a life-…
Jul 19, 2018
The American College of Emergency Physicians and Medical Association of Georgia this week filed a federal lawsuit seeking to compel Anthem's Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia to rescind a policy that retroactively denies coverage for emergency patients. According to the lawsuit, the policy violates…
Jul 16, 2018
The Food and Drug Administration Friday approved the first drug intended to treat smallpox, which was eradicated in 1980 but could be used as a bioweapon. “This new treatment affords us an additional option should smallpox ever be used as a bioweapon,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.…
Jul 11, 2018
The Food and Drug Administration yesterday announced safety labeling changes for fluoroquinolone antibiotics to strengthen warnings about the risk of mental health side effects and serious blood sugar disturbances. Based on a recent FDA review of adverse event reports and the medical…
Jun 21, 2018
The House Ways and Means Committee today approved legislation (H.R. 6142) that would require the Health and Human Services secretary to develop with stakeholders a plan to reduce waste related to single-use drug vials, and report to Congress on options for any needed legislative action to…
Jun 11, 2018
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi has entered a consent decree prohibiting Delta Pharma from manufacturing or distributing compounded drugs until they comply with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and FDA regulations, the Food and Drug Administration announced…