jessevivian's pharmacy blog

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Pharmacy Crime Statistics

In a recent edition of US Pharmacist, I wrote an article about armed robberies in pharmacy, Here's a chart with some statistics about your chances of being robbed.More »

Pharmacist dispensed M&Ms instead of pain pills

A Utah pharmacist recently pled no contest to charges he filled a fraudulent prescription with M&Ms instead of pain pills, according to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune. Robert Lammle, 53, pled no contest to felony, third-degree charges of falsely obtaining or dispensing a prescription.More »

Substance abuse patients suffer from privacy rules, agency says

As a follow up to my article in the May 2014 edition of US Pharmacist on protected healthcare privacy rights under the 4th Amendment, here is a story about how sharing protected health information may impede patient care in substance abuse treatment. My question is what's more important: unfettered access to protected data or patient confidentiality that can be waived by the patient when necessary?More »

Court Warrant Needed for Access to Prescription Records.

The May edition of US Pharmacist will have an article I wrote on police access to prescription drug monitoring programs. The Wall Street Article published an article on May 7, 2014 on a similar subject in a more generic version. See: for more details.More »

Survey of CS drug patients

"The majority of people who suffer from chronic pain feel they are treated like drug addicts during their pharmacy visits, and nearly one-third of pain sufferers showed concern they are being embarrassed by their healthcare provider."More »

More on Compounding Lethal Injection Drugs

Another blogger's take on lethal injection drug compounding from the Pharmacy Learing Network: »

Eighth Circuit issues mandate prohibiting district court from requiring Missouri officials to reveal identity of physician, phar

The full Court of the Eighth Circuit has overruled one of its panels and issued a mandate requested by the Missouri Director of Corrections, prohibiting the district court from requiring the Director to disclose to plaintiffs the identities of the physician who prescribes pentobarbital injection for executions, the compounding pharmacy that prepares the lethal injections, and the testing laboratory that certifies the composition of the lethal injections used in Missouri.More »

Oversight of large compounding pharmacies widened by FDA

The FDA is preparing more guidelines and regulations, pressing "outsourcers" to register and calling for state support to strengthen its control over drug compounders that operate as prescription drugmakers.More »

Federal Compounding Bill Signed Into Law by President

On the afternoon of Nov. 27, President Barack Obama signed into law the Drug Quality and Security Act (H.R. 3204). The bill distinguishes compounders engaged in traditional pharmacy practice from those making large volumes of compounded drugs without individual prescriptions as well as defines the Food and Drug Administration’s role in oversight of outsourcing facilities.More »

Hydrocodone products not rescheduled yet.

There have been many reports in both the lay and professional media concerning the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) scheduling status of hydrocodone products. This may cause some confusion among pharmacists. Hydrocodone and products containing hydrocodone are Schedule III drugs and will remain so in the near future.More »

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