Kentucky calls for a national prescription-monitoring system
LEXINGTON, Ky. Capt. Kevin Payne, commander of Kentucky’s police Drug Enforcement-Special Investigations unit for the eastern half of the state is calling for a national prescription-monitoring system similar to Kentucky’s statewide system, according to the Heald-Leader.
Officials in the state are saying that there is an increase in drugs being smuggled into Kentucky from other states and that by adding a national system like there system, which is called the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting, it would help dramatically in avoiding this problem.
Work is under way to establish such programs in more states, however, and to create a national system for them to share information. Of the 41 states that have gotten grants, 29 have prescription-monitoring systems in place and five more will set them up this year, while others are designing or planning systems, according to U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers’ office.
The U.S. Department of Justice is working to create a Web-based system for states to share information from prescription-monitoring programs.
FDA updates prescribing info for GSK’s Avandia
BRENTFORD, U.K. GlaxoSmithKline announced that the Food and Drug Administration has updated the prescribing information for its diabetes medication Avandia to include findings from the A Diabetes Outcome Progression Trial, according to published reports.
ADOPT is an international study on Avandia that demonstrated that patients treated with Avandia achieved greater sustained glycemic control compared to metformin and sulfonylurea, the ingredient in Aventis Pharmaceuticals’ Amaryl and Pfizer’s Glipizide. Better glycemic control has been proven to reduce risks of serious complications associated with Type 2 diabetes including blindness, loss of limbs and kidney failure, the company added.
This is key for the drug, which was given the black-box warning indication from the FDA last August after it was discovered that the drug might cause or worsen heart failure in some patients.
Walgreens program shows students the pharmaceutical ropes
ST. LOUIS Walgreens is letting high school students spend four weeks working as pharmacists.
It’s not for real, so customers at the stores shouldn’t expect kids too young to drive to fill their prescriptions, but the chain is working with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy to let the students learn about the profession as part of the Career Explorers Program.
Their job is to fill prescriptions for imaginary customers, such as Mickey Mouse, but it’s not all just for fun.
As the population ages, pharmacists are in high demand. The Pharmacy Manpower Project has created the aggregate demand index, which lists demand for pharmacists at 4.07, indicating moderate demand and difficulty filling some positions.
According to the American Pharmaceutical Association, there are 112,000 pharmacists working in community pharmacies, 40,000 in hospital pharmacies and 21,000 in other areas.