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P&T September 2015

Features

Hospital and 503B Pharmacy Repackaging and Compounding Are at Issue

The Food and Drug Administration hopes to close gaps in laws related to repackaging of pharmaceuticals or biologics by hospital pharmacies and bulk compounding facilities.

This article explores the basis of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency and defines the role that health care informatics can play in optimal treatment.

Perspective
The Affordable Care Act, which recently survived a second Supreme Court challenge, has increased health care access without causing most of the disruption critics feared.
Health Care & Law

Opioid-use monitoring, medication-error prevention, and counseling/duty-to-warn issues illustrate new or emerging legal risks for pharmacists as their roles expand.

Efforts to Pinpoint the Beginning of Disease May Yield Clues to Treatment

With disease-modifying treatments available for relapsing–remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), the quest for therapies for progressive MS has become a key focus of research.

This second of five articles reviews Parkinson’s disease pharmacotherapy, focusing on dopaminergic agents such as levodopa/carbidopa and dopamine receptor agonists.

Meeting Highlights
17th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer

We review sessions on metastatic colorectal cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma.

Pipeline Plus

Agents are approved to treat exacerbations and symptoms and as disease-modifying therapy. Most therapies in the works would address relapsing forms of the disease.

Departments

Medication Errors

An ISMP survey finds problems involving proper use of Carpuject prefilled syringes.

Prescription: Washington

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s final ACO rule offers little for pharmacists.

FDA approvals, drug indications, and updates

Sacubitril/valsartan (Entresto) for chronic heart failure; brexpiprazole (Rexulti) for major depressive disorder and schizophrenia; and lumacaftor/ivacaftor (Orkambi) for cystic fibrosis involving specific CFTR mutations