New national initiative promotes medication safety among elderly
NEW ORLEANS The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists today kicked off a national awareness initiative aimed at preventing medication-related problems in the elderly.
ASCP launched the drive, dubbed Campaign 2011, at its 39th annual meeting here, and said the date coincides with the year in which the first wave of baby boomers turns 65 and enters the Medicare system. The project is designed to educate caregivers, providers and the general public about potential dangers involved when medications are improperly and/or overused, particularly among seniors.
Leaders of ASCP, which represents pharmacists who specialize in geriatric care, said the new awareness campaign will bring interactive workshops and other public education opportunities to communities, senior centers and public venues over the next two years. The organization will also promote cost-effective approaches to medication therapy management, they said, will work with its 4,000 strong student membership to increase the numbers of pharmacists trained to meet the specialized needs of older adults.
FDA grants conditional approval to generic version of Wyeth’s Effexor
PITTSBURGH The Food and Drug Administration has given tentative approval to a generic version of Wyeth Pharmaceutical’s Effexor XR, an antidepressant.
Mylan announced the FDA decision Monday for its version of the drug, known generically as venlafaxine hydrochloride. Mylan plans to sell the extended-release capsules in 37.5 mg, 75 mg and 150 mg formulations.
The branded version of the drug had sales of $3 billion during the 12 months ending Sept. 30, according to IMS Health.
Interpol seizes more than $6 million in counterfeit prescription drugs in Asia
NEW YORK More than $6 million in counterfeit drugs were seized in an international Interpol sting as part of an investigation lasting five months.
The bust, called Operation Storm, netted $6.65 million in counterfeits of drugs for malaria, HIV and tuberculosis in Singapore, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and China.
The international law-enforcement agency arrested 27 people in the sting.