Calif. Senate passes information-sharing bill
SAN FRANCISCO California’s state Senate approved a bill Thursday that would allow pharmacists to share patients’ records with drug makers.
Under the bill, pharmacies would receive fees to send prescription information to drug makers or firms contracting with them. The drug makers or contracting firms would then send mailings to patients.
Proponents of the bill say that it is meant to remind patients to take their medications and refill prescriptions. Opponents say it is an invasion of privacy and could pose dangers to patients who receive mailings with information inconsistent with that provided by their doctors and pharmacists, especially people with mental illnesses.
The bill passed the Senate 21-16 and now moves to the Assembly, which is adjourned until June 5.
Bystolic fulfills pharmacists’ desire for a new beta-blocker
NEW YORK Forest Laboratories and Mylan’s new, once-daily hypertension drug Bystolic now is available in pharmacies nationwide.
A recent survey showed that out of 20,000 retail pharmacists, 78 percent felt there was a need for a beta-blocker with an improved tolerability profile.
More than 2,000 people received Bystolic (nebivolol) during clinical trials. The drug’s efficacy was similar to that of other approved beta-blockers, the FDA said. The most common reported side effects were headache, fatigue, dizziness and diarrhea.
Hypertension affects about 72 million adults in America.
Tenn. pharmacy school receives $600,000 grant
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Lipscomb University has received a $600,000 grant from The Memorial Foundation to support the school’s new $10.1 million pharmacy school, which will receive its first class in August, according to published reports. The Lipscomb College of Pharmacy has accepted 75 students in its first class.
The money will be used to build three patient support laboratories where students will learn to compound and prepare drugs, carry out experiments and examine and assess patients.
The school will be located in the Burton Health Sciences Center. In honor of the foundation’s grant the labs will be named The Memorial Foundation Pharmacy Practice Center.
“We believe it is a good investment for the community and for those students who want to prepare for a career in pharmacy,” said J.D. Elliott, president of The Memorial Foundation.