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US stores ask customers not to openly carry guns

Washington - US pharmacies CVS and Walgreens and supermarket chain Wegmans on Thursday asked customers not to openly carry firearms in their stores, or not to bring them in at all.

Pharmacy professionals in favor of banning homeopathy

Edinburgh - A new survey finds that 60 percent of pharmacists are in favor of banning the sale and dispensing of homeopathic products from pharmacies. This is due to the considered view relating to product efficacy.

Warning sounded about online pharmacies

London - A call has been made from medical professionals for new regulations to be put in place to control online stores that sell prescription only medicines. The regulation would help to protect patients.

Amazon to buy online pharmacy PillPack

Amazon has announced its intention to purchase the online pharmacy PillPack, further expanding the e-commerce site's scope and expansion into health services.

Disruptions in store for pharmaceuticals in 2018

New technologies, cloud computing, and wider use of risk assessment are among the continuing changes that are disrupting the pharmaceutical sector. Expect 2018 to see the pace of change to accelerate.

Rapid methods needed to help safety of medicines Special

Oxford - Pharmaceutical organizations need to embrace rapid methods in order to protect patients, obtain faster results, and help to address inventory issues. This was a key message delivered at the annual Pharmig conference.

Study shows America's opioid epidemic began in the pharmacy

In terms of emotional pain, money and life expectancy, America's opioid epidemic has come into sharper focus, including those who are at most risk, based on a new study conducted by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center.

Interview: Technological solutions for precision medicine Special

The role of pharmacists in precision medicine growing in importance. Some of the challenges for pharmacists have been set out by the company OneOme, which is partnering with pharmacists. We spoke with pharmacist Kathleen Bosse.

Why precision medicine is important for pharmacists: Interview Special

The role of pharmacists in precision medicine growing in importance. Some of the challenges for pharmacists have been set out by the company OneOme, which is partnering with pharmacists. We spoke with pharmacist Kathleen Bosse.

Rebuilding the pharmacy from shop to digital: Interview Special

Washington - CaryRx is a pharmacy startup that has set out to rebuild the pharmacy concept from the ground up, through the use of a mobile app. To hear more about this next generation approach to pharmacies we spoke with company co-founder Areo Nazari.

Amazon looks set to enter pharmacy market

The distribution of medicines in the U.S. looks set for a shake up with renewed rumours that Amazon is going to enter the medicines distribution market.

PrescribeIT - Canada’s e-prescribing service: Interview Special

PrescribeIT is Canada’s new national e-prescribing service. The scheme works with with 20 community pharmacy companies, representing more than 3,300 pharmacies in the six provinces. To find out more we spoke with Tania Ensor.

Pharmacy owner gets 9 year prison term for meningitis infection

Boston - The co-owner of a pharmacy, deemed by U.S. courts to be responsible for the deaths of 76 people in a meningitis contamination scandal, has apologized to the families of the victims. Barry Cadden has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Renewed concern about buying medicines online

London - The international trade in selling medicines over the Internet is increasing and with it the risk of consumers buying substandard and dangerous products, many of which will be unlicensed. A new report highlights the risks.

Arizona allows pharmacists to change prescriptions

Phoenix - Arizona has become the first U.S. state to allow pharmacists to change the medicine prescribed on a doctor’s prescription for a similar drug product. The law requires the patient to be informed.

Microbiological safety of medicines discussed in Oxford Special

Oxford - The safety of medicines is of great importance, needing to be of the required formulation and contamination free. This week, in Oxford, U.K., pharmacists and microbiologists came together to review best practice.

FDA takes legal action against pharmaceutical company

Washington - A consent decree has been opened against Downing Labs LLC, of Dallas, Texas, together with the holding company. The action has been initiated by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay.

FDA extends warnings on compounded drugs in syringes

Bethesda - The U.S. FDA has revised its guidance for health professionals concerning the administration of medicinal drug products prepared in Becton-Dickinson syringes. The initial concern related to a drug potency issue.

Compounded drugs in syringes warning

Washington - A warning has been issued by the U.S. FDA for health professionals not to administer medicinal drug products prepared in Becton-Dickinson syringes. This is due to a drug potency issue.

Medication costs play into placebo effectiveness

A new study shows that patients react better to drugs they believe cost more than an equally effective drug that's cheaper, even when the medication is a placebo.

Concerns continue with compounding pharmacies

Washington - Following widespread concerns during 2012 and 2013, a new report suggests there are still gaps in the oversight of U.S. compounding pharmacies.

NECC pharmacy fungal contamination owners arrested

Two co-founders along with 12 other former employees of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy, linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people, have been arrested. One charge is second-degree murder.

EDM star Christopher Lawrence talks 'Pharmacy: Phase 4' Special

Electronic dance music (EDM) star Christopher Lawrence chatted with Digital Journal about his newest compilation "Pharmacy: Phase 4."

French pharmacists meet to discuss medicinal safety Special

Marseille - This week over 500 pharmacists from across France, and a few from the U.K., Switzerland and Germany, have been meeting to discuss the safety of medicines and improvements in administration of healthcare products.

Compounding pharmacy regulations put in place

Boston - Two years after a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick has signed a law aimed at addressing a "gray area" between state and federal oversight of pharmacies.

Cops accuse man of stealing ID to get illegal prescription drugs

Brooklyn - New York Cops are looking for a man they say stole a 55-year-old woman's identity to obtain prescription drugs illegally.

Money for pharmacy contamination victims

The NECC compounding pharmacy at the center of a fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012 has agreed to a preliminary settlement that would create a $100 million fund for victims.

Compounding pharmacy recalls medicines

Dallas - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has alerted hospitals, health care professionals, and patients of a voluntary recall of all non-expired drug products produced and distributed for sterile use by a Dallas Compounding Pharmacy.

Royal Pharmacy recalls medicinal products

According to the FDA, Abrams Royal Pharmacy is voluntarily recalling all unexpired lots of sterile products dispensed nationwide due to concerns of lack of sterility assurance.

Tainted steroids group hope for criminal damages

Some of the victims affected by contaminated steroids drugs are hoping that criminal charges will be brought against the New England Compounding Center, the company that manufactured the medicines.
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