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Albany pharmacy dean looking for industry input

BY David Salazar

Albany, N.Y. — The new dean of the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Gregory Dewey, is looking to gain insight from industry experts.

Dewey, who was appointed dean in June, told the Albany Business Review that he would put together a corporate board to get an idea of what skills industry leaders look for from graduates, and what skills they might be missing.

"It's a time of changing roles in the healthcare profession, and we want to be advancing our students to meet some of these changing roles," Dewey said.

Already, pharmaceutical and pharmacy insiders from New York and New Englad have expressed interest in being on the board, including Kinney Drugs and Albany Molecular Research. The first meeting will be in October. 

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FDA approves Jardiance tabs

BY Ryan Chavis

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration announced approval for Jardiance (empagliflozin) tablets, which is to be used as an addition to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with Type 2 diabetes.

The drug is a sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor. It works by blocking the reabsorption of glucose by the kidney, increasing glucose excretion, and lowering blood glucose levels in diabetics who have elevated blood glucose levels, the agency stated.

"Jardiance provides an additional treatment option for the care of patients with type 2 diabetes," said Curtis J. Rosebraugh, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Office of Drug Evaluation II in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “It can be used alone or added to existing treatment regimens to control blood sugar levels in the overall management of diabetes.”

Jardiance is distributed by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.

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QS/1 leads the way with EPCS security

BY Ryan Chavis

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — QS/1 is implementing additional security measures to better validate electronic prescriptions for controlled substances, the company announced. QS/1 pharmacies already have access to the new Signature Indicator feature through the company's partnership with Surescripts.

“The Signature Indicator flag has been the most common signing approach by early adopters to EPCS,” said John Frady, QS/1’s market analyst for pharmacy products. “As more doctors and pharmacies use electronic means to prescribe controlled substances, there will be an increase in the use of the even more secure FBCA PKI standard.”

The new security standard is the Federal Bridge Certificate Authority Public Key Infrastructure digital signatures for EPCS transmissions. Surescripts uses this to transmit signatures to verify that they are valid. The network also allows bi-directional exchange of information between hospitals, physicians, payers, pharmacies, labs and more, the company said.

“While other pharmacy management system software providers may have taken an easier route for EPCS security,” Frady added. “QS/1 took the extra steps to use the FBCA PKI standard. When this becomes the preferred method of validation, QS/1 will not have to go through the process of recertification.”
 

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