AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HEALTH -SYSTEM PHARMACIST: Provider Status Bill Receives Public Support at House Hearing on Opioids

A hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s health subcommittee on the opioid epidemic, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) discussed the pharmacist’s role in delivering patient care to Medicare beneficiaries and noted her support for legislation that allows pharmacists to care for patients in certain underserved areas. Specifically, she mentioned the benefits of H.R. 592, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, and submitted a letter of support from the Washington Pharmacy Association. Read More »

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HEALTH-SYSTEM PHARMACIST: ASHP Virtual House of Delegates Approves New Policies for 2018

ASHP’s virtual House of Delegates recently approved professional policies on gene therapy, unit dose packaging availability, and drug dosing in conditions that modify pharmacokinetics or pharmacodynamics, among other topics. Following discussion in the House of Delegates community on ASHP Connect, delegates voted online during the week of March 16–23. Read More »

GSK VACCINES: GSK receives European approval for expanded indication for Fluarix Tetra (Influenza Vaccine) for ages six months and older

GSK announced the expanded indication for Fluarix Tetra (Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine) has been approved in Europe to include adults and now children from six months of age for the prevention of influenza disease caused by the two influenza A virus subtypes and the two influenza B virus types contained in the vaccine. Read More »