New Spark Health app links pharmacist to patient

Creative Pharmacist unveiled the new Spark Health app, which provides community pharmacists weekly updates from their patients regarding lifestyle modifications and potential side effects of medications, among other notifications.  Read more ...

Coalition launches to protect access to OTC pain meds

A new coalition has formed to ensure safe access to over-the-counter pain relief remedies. Read More ...

Elsevier launches health information portal

Elsevier has joined the likes of WebMD with a patient-centric information portal covering all things health with its Health Library. Read More ...

Study: Certain diabetes patients widely nonadherent to vaccination guidelines

A new study from the American Diabetes Association has found significant nonadherence to vaccination guidelines among certain diabetes patients. Read More ...

Current news

It’s back to school time and that means our school-age children, from preschoolers to college students, need vaccines.
Have you ever thought about what would happen if we stopped vaccinations? The impact of vaccinations for public health has been astounding.
With influenza season around the corner many pharmacies are preparing for yet another active immunization season.
Join the CDC in the “Don’t Wait. Vaccinate!” Campaign. Provide an opportunity for patients to take this quiz while waiting for their medications.
Among 1,000 U.S. consumers, the majority currently takes prescription medications, yet only half of consumers surveyed are aware of prescription savings cards.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved Aprecia Pharmaceuticals’ Spritam (levetiracetam), an epilepsy treatment that is the first FDA-approved drug that uses 3D printing technology.
By the end of August a new consumer diagnostics tool called BodiMetrics that tracks six health metrics plus a medication reminder will be available at Bloomingdales, the company announced recently.
The American Pharmacists Association Foundation on Monday named Elizabeth Keyes, COO, interim executive director following the resignation of Mindy Smith effective Aug. 14.
Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals on Friday announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved the company’s Finacea (azelaic acid) Foam, 15% for the topical treatment rosacea.
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores commented this week on the proposed regulations on the use of managed care in Medicaid and in the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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Webinars

2015 Immunization Update for Pharmacists
Thursday, July 23 at 8:00 p.m. EDT

2015 Immunization Update for Technicians
Thursday, Aug. 6 at 8:00 p.m. EDT

Opioids, Use or Abuse. How do you tell? (pharmacist)
Thursday, June 25 at 8:00 p.m. EDT

Opioids, Use or Abuse. How do you tell? (technician)
Thursday, June 25 at 8:00 p.m. EDT