Christine Blank
Contributing Editor Christine Blank is a freelance writer based in Florida.
Pharmacists support e-cigarette warnings
Many pharmacists support FDA’s recent warning letters to drug stores, smoke shops, and other retailers over selling e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco, and cigars to minors.
DEA slashes opioid drug production
The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has reduced the amount of almost every Schedule II opiate and opioid medication that may be manufactured in the US by 25% or more.
Drug maker pays out millions over EpiPen charges
As Mylan continues to face criticism over price hikes on its EpiPen epinephrine injection, the company agreed to a $465 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and other agencies for overcharging on the EpiPen.
Industry pushes for faster generic approvals as costs rise
Generic drugmakers and others are pushing for faster FDA approval of generics.
Will docs prescribe the new RA biosimilars?
While FDA recently approved two new biosimilars for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, questions remain about how quickly physicians and patients will embrace the new drugs.
Battling DIR Fees
The profitability of both chain and independent pharmacies is being affected by direct and indirect remuneration fees that insurers are retroactively charging pharmacies after filling Medicare Part D prescriptions.
Cystic fibrosis drug approved for younger patients
FDA recently expanded the use of lumacaftor/ivacaftor (Orkambi, Vertex Pharmaceuticals) to treat cystic fibrosis in children aged 6 to 11 years who have two copies of the F508del mutation.
Is the U.S. making progress on a Zika vaccine?
Already, HHS has awarded around $433 million for Zika response and preparedness activities. In addition, the new Senate and House budget, passed in late September, contained $1.1 billion in Zika funding.
Pharmacists’ role in administering vaccinations on the increase
The number of pharmacists providing vaccinations – both in the U.S. and around the world – is growing significantly.
Directory connects pharmacies and mental health patients
A project that began a few years ago has resulted in a new, nationwide directory of pharmacies.

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