A Republican congressman from Alabama has proposed a stopgap bill that would fund the Food and Drug Administration through the middle of December or until the government shutdown ends, though it is unlikely to pass in the Senate.
Outcomes improve and there can be significant cost savings when infusion pharmacists monitor patients receiving home-based infusion services and intervene when dose adjustments are necessary, according to a Walgreens outcomes analysis study being presented Wednesday at IDWeek 2013 in San Francisco.
A bill designed to strengthen the security of the drug supply chain by creating an electronic track-and-trace system and national standards for sterile pharmacy compounding has attracted support from trade groups representing independent pharmacies and generic drug makers.
Legislation to allow the Food and Drug Administration to strengthen its regulatory powers over compounding pharmacies is expected to pass both houses of Congress after committees agreed on it Thursday, according to published reports.
A decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to resolve conflicts that arose when it issued regulations under a law that establishes privacy rules for health information technology has drawn applause from a specialty pharmacy organization.