9-year-old treated for 40 weeks in infancy is the third such reported case
Researchers suggest FDA regulation of yohimbe and energy products
Patients who discontinue statins increase their risk for death, heart attack, or stroke
A 5% drop would cause annual measles cases to triple, according to study
Declining cases of infection and limitations of the blood test prompt revision
Renflexis also costs 20% less than a biosimilar already on the market
Government, industry, and advocacy groups collaborate on Expanded Access Navigator
Designed for NICUs, system negates moving babies within the hospital
Seeking to limit spread of infections, FDA clears improved device and manual
Patients will be able to avoid hour-long infusions at health care facilities


Dr. David B. Nash Sees Problems Ahead With Pending GOP Health Care Overhaul

Potential harm stemming from repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act worries Dr. David B. Nash, Dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health. In an interview with P&T Editor Steve McIver, Dr. Nash also discusses the future of Medicare, drug pricing, and other key issues facing the health care system.

April 2017 interview

P&T July 2017
Table of Contents


Raising their voices in nearly unanimous opposition, pharmaceutical manufacturers and their suppliers have mounted a campaign to dissuade the FDA from launching a voluntary program in 2018 that is aimed at reducing drug shortages.
This article, the second in a series of three, provides an overview of the efficacy and safety of cancer immunotherapies ranging from monoclonal antibodies to vaccines, including additional clinical considerations regarding immune checkpoint blockers.
A recent guideline update for the treatment of heart failure has created the need for a new look at the medication classes and trials related to the disease. The authors focus on pharmacological options available for treating the problem.
Pharmacovigilance Forum
Torsades de pointes (TdP)—an uncommon but life-threatening polymorphic ventricular tachycardia—is almost always drug induced. The authors describe the causes, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of TdP.
Meeting Highlights
At an event focusing on population-health approaches to the opioid epidemic, discussants agreed that better coordination of care, community involvement in finding solutions, and more consistent use of improved pain-control options are required.


Medication Errors
Strengthen your resolve: no unlabeled containers anywhere, ever!
Prescription: Washington
A significant change in tiering exceptions policy for Part D is coming in 2018
Approvals, new indications, regulatory activities, and more
Niraparib (Zejula) for recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer; ocrelizumab (Ocrevus) for relapsing or primary progressive multiple sclerosis; and dupilumab (Dupixent) for moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis
Drug Forecast
Eluxadoline (Viberzi) for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea