AAM unveils push for CREATES Act passage
WASHINGTON — The Association for Accessible Medicines has rolled out a new video and infographic in support of its campaign for patients to call on their representatives to support legislation supporting the generics industry. The materials outline AAM’s case for passing the Creating and Resorting Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act.
The legislation was introduced in April in the Senate by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.., with an identical bill introduced in the House by Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa. It aims to make it easier for generics makers to access drug samples of branded products when trying to develop a generic version, many of which are protected by Risk Evaluation and Management Strategies, even when the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t require one. REMS abuse has been mentioned by FDA commissioners Dr. Scott Gottlieb as something that the agency needs to address as part of its Drug Competition Action Plan.
“Fortunately, the FDA has recognized these abuses, noting that they disadvantage patients in the form of higher prescription drug costs,” AAM wrote in a blog post. “Bipartisan leaders in Congress have introduced legislation that would close the loopholes and ensure patients benefit from the timely entry of more affordable versions of these high-cost branded medicines.”
Ritzman Pharmacy recognizes local students
WADSWORTH, Ohio — Ritzman Pharmacy at NEOMED has introduced Ritzman Recognizes, a new awards program celebrating local high school students’ achievements in four categories – athletics, service, leadership and academics.
“We’re excited to give back where we work and live,” stated Hannah Cross, managing pharmacist at Ritzman Pharmacy’s NEOMED location. “By recognizing great kids, we hope to inspire them and others to continue excelling in the areas that improve the overall wellbeing of our communities. Ritzman Recognizes also supports who we are as a neighborhood pharmacy – a place where customers receive a level of personal service and caliber of care they won’t get anywhere else.”
Award recipients will receive a $10 Ritzman Pharmacy gift card, a certificate of excellence, their photo on display at Ritzman Pharmacy at NEOMED during the month of their recognition, and mention on Ritzman Pharmacy’s website and social media channels.
Eligible students must be in grades 9 through 12 and attend school in one of the following districts: Rootstown Local Schools, Bio-Med Science Academy, Waterloo Local Schools and Southeast Local Schools. They must also be in good academic standing with a grade point average greater than 2.5.
Community members can nominate a student by completing the nomination form online at www.ritzmanrx.com or in person at the Ritzman Pharmacy at NEOMED.
CVS Health brings prescription-free naloxone to Kansas locations
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Kansans can now access opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone at CVS Pharmacy locations in the state. CVS Health on Tuesday announced the drug’s availability without the need for a prescription at all of its 53 Kansas locations, including those inside of Target stores, through a statewide regulatory protocol.
“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our pharmacies in Kansas we can help save lives,” CVS Pharmacy VP pharmacy professional services Tom Davis said. “CVS Health is dedicated to helping the communities we serve address and prevent prescription drug abuse and we are expanding access to naloxone to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery.”
Kansas is now the 43rd state where CVS Pharmacy patients can access naloxone without a prescription. Naloxone availability is part of the chain’s efforts to combat prescription drug abuse and misuse, with other efforts including its Pharmacists Teach campaign and its collaboration with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which donates disposal units to local police departments.
“The new Kansas law making opioid antagonist medications, such as naloxone, available without a prescription will save lives only with the support of pharmacies to make the medications available,” Kansas attorney general Derek Schmidt said. “I applaud CVS for its commitment to this effort.”