FDA issues fentanyl patch disposal guidelines
NEW YORK — Nearly 30 children have been accidentally poisoned by opioid painkiller patches since 1997, according to the Food and Drug Administration, prompting the agency to issue disposal guidelines.
The FDA listed the guidelines on its website, saying that unused fentanyl patches should be stored out of the reach and sight of children, while used patches should be folded, sticky sides together, and flushed down the toilet.
Of the 26 children poisoned by fentanyl patches between 1997 and 2012, 10 died, according to the agency.
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AMA adopts resolution on pharmacist drug inquiries
NEW YORK — Inquiries by pharmacists with doctors regarding the rationale behind prescriptions, diagnoses and treatment plans are inappropriate, according to a new resolution by the American Medical Association.
The AMA adopted the resolution at its 2013 annual meeting, calling such inquiries "an interference with the practice of medicine and unwarranted."
According to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the Drug Enforcement Administration has reminded pharmacists of their responsibility to ensure that prescriptions for controlled substances are in compliance with federal law and to prevent drug diversion.
The AMA said it would work with such groups as the National Association of Chain Drug Stores to engage with the DEA and the Department of Justice to develop an "appropriate policy for pharmacists to work with physicians in order to reduce the incidence of drug diversion and inappropriate dispensing."
The actions taken by for-profit unaccredited medical schools are making it difficult for U.S. medical and osteopathic medical schools to secure clinical training sites for their students in U.S. hospitals. - Adam Gottbetter
NCPA opposes this resolution. While we appreciate the changes AMA made to the original proposed resolution, the final resolution is still problematic. Read NCPA's take here: http://ncpanet.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/ncpa-weighs-in-on-amas-pharmacist-resolution/
The actions taken by the AMA House of Delegates call attention to an important issue, but don’t address the real problem or offer solutions for patients and regulators. A pharmacist asking too many questions of their physician colleagues is just a symptom of a larger issue: the US faces a major public health epidemic with prescription drug abuse – in particular opioid abuse. It is not pharmacy's intent to delay patients from receiving these needed medications or to unnecessarily interrupt prescribers. The current situation highlights the need for pharmacy, medicine and regulators to collaborate on solutions that address the root cause abuse problems and health care system inefficiencies in this country. Tom Menighan offers more insight on this resolution passage on his CEO Blog: http://www.pharmacist.com/CEOBlog/more-pharmacist-physician-collaboration-not-less
I work in California. A prescription is a request to fill a prescription or verify and hospital chart order. It is not a command to do what ever I say. The pharmacist's responsibility is to ensure the drug request is correct and safe on many levels. I believe most pharmacist will continue to do this irregardless of what the AMA says.
For the sixth year, Dollar Tree to collect BTS supplies for Operation Homefront
SAN ANTONIO — Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree on Monday joined forces for the upcoming pre-school season to gather school supplies for military children across the country. Beginning Tuesday, supplies can be purchased by customers at the more than 4,000 Dollar Tree and Deal$ stores nationwide and placed in collection boxes in each store.
The Back to School Brigade program is a nationwide campaign by Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree, now in its sixth season. Last year, Dollar Tree patrons donated more than $3 million of supplies nationwide.
"For the last six years, Dollar Tree and its customers have been our partners in getting military kids ready to go back to school," stated Jim Knotts, president and CEO of Operation Homefront. "Military families deal not only with deployments and the other stresses of military life, but also the economic difficulties shared by all Americans. These donated school supplies enhance the morale and the success of our military children, while easing the burden military families carry."
Dollar Tree stores will collect supplies July 9 through Aug. 5. Once the program ends, Operation Homefront volunteers will collect and distribute the gifts to military children during the back-to-school season in August and September.
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