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December 21, 2016
Get the medications right - New Report on Pharmacists’ Role in Medication Management
This free, downloadable report provides a nationwide snapshot of expert practices--Comprehensive medication 
management (CMM) in ambulatory/community pharmacy reveals that clinical pharmacists, in a variety of community 
and ambulatory care settings, are optimizing medication use and making an impact on the communities they serve. 
CMM seeks to optimize outcomes through the effective and appropriate use of medications, by focusing on the patient 
and the clinical and personal goals of therapy. It encompasses all medications and all disease states, so pharmacists 
can add, modify and change medications to resolve drug therapy problems to control all conditions.  The report, 
sponsored by a grant from the Community Pharmacy Foundation, draws on responses from 618 pharmacy program 
directors from 45 states and Puerto Rico, as well as in-depth interviews with leaders from practices delivering CMM 
services. It explores the expanding role of pharmacists as patient care medication experts who directly manage 
medications through collaborative practice with physicians.
 
December 16, 2016
An update: Medication Adherence Packaging in Europe
Read the latest from the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council of Europe. 
December 15, 2016
ASOP GLOBAL, NCPIE, AMA, APhA, Others Unite to Educate about Illegal Online Pharmacies
The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies has launched a new initiative to raise awareness of illegal online drug sellers 
and counterfeit medications by educating and enlisting the help of healthcare providers across the country. ASOP 
Global also launched www.BuySafeRx.pharmacy where providers, patients and caregivers can quickly and easily verify 
whether an Internet pharmacy website is safe and legal.  ASOP Global and the Federation of State Medical Boards also 
worked with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, University of California San Diego and LegitScript to 
develop “Internet Drug Sellers: What Providers Need to Know,” a free online continuing education program (CME/CPE) 
for pharmacists and physicians.
December 14, 2016
Faster Information from FDA Means Improved Drug Safety for Patients
FDA is making it easier and faster for health care professionals and patients to get the most up-to-date drug safety 
information on the more than 18,000 drugs available on our website. Their improved Drug Safety Labeling Changes 
Program enables FDA to post the latest safety information about a medicine almost at the same time the agency 
approves a change, as opposed to once a month.
 
For each FDA-approved drug, the agency provides detailed prescribing information, known as product “labeling.” 
Labeling helps those who prescribe medications understand key information about the drug, such as how much to 
prescribe, how often a patient should take a drug, which conditions the medicine treats, and what safety precautions 
should be followed for patients taking the drug.  Safety information can change multiple times over the lifetime of a 
drug as FDA learns about new risks, interactions with other medications and side effects. After we become aware of 
new safety information, changes to the drug product labeling may be required.  The public can access this information 
as well, now in a searchable database.  Key in the drug name and get a comprehensive listing of the labeling changes 
related to safety for that product.
December 13, 2016
1 in 6 U.S. Adults Say They Have Taken Psychiatric Drugs
A new analysis reveals that 1 in 6 U.S. adults reported taking psychiatric drugs at least once in 2013. Researchers 
from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and Risk Sciences International used the 2013 Medical Expenditure 
Panel Survey to calculate percentages of the adult population using three classes of psychiatric drugs: 
antidepressants; anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics; and antipsychotics. Most psychiatric drug use reported by 
adults was long term, with over 84% having filled 3 or more prescriptions in 2013 or indicating that they had started 
taking the drug during 2011 or earlier.