Category: Board of Pharmacy

Protect Your Pets: Beware of Using Online Pharmacies

Buying online prescription drugs for yourself can be a risky proposition. The same applies when ordering pet medications from an online pharmacy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns pet owners to be extremely careful if buying from an online retailer. Similar to some online pharmacies for people, online pharmacies for animals may be…

World Immunization Week is April 24-30

Immunization can save millions of lives each year. That’s the most important message the World Health Organization (WHO) wants you to know during World Immunization Week, which is observed April 24-30. World Immunization Week grew from a local and international grassroots effort. The goal of the public health campaign is to raise awareness and increase…

Robust Flu Season Still in Full Swing

Although it’s the end of January, flu season doesn’t show any signs of letting up. The season started early, the whole country is still experiencing widespread flu activity, and it looks like it will continue for a while, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “In the past, if you look at…

New Laws for the New Year

From making California into a sanctuary state to banning marijuana use while driving, hundreds of new California laws were signed by Governor Brown last year. Here’s a sampling of laws that became effective January 1. Optometrists’ scope of practice: AB 443 alleviates pressure on the health care system and makes eye care more accessible by…

Coming Soon: Powerful Shingles Vaccine for Those 50 and Up

Just five days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the new shingles vaccine Shingrix, an advisory panel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed its use. The CDC panel said Shingrix is much more effective than the previously approved vaccine in protecting protect older adults from developing shingles—a painful,…

New Law Enables Better Mental Health Care in ER

A new law that takes effect January 1 gives emergency healthcare providers improved access to patients’ medical records—something that can be crucial during a mental health crisis or when a patient is unable to provide consent. Assembly Bill 1119, signed by Governor Brown in September, addresses the lack of clarity in existing law, which has…

Feel Like You’re Coming Down With a Cold or the Flu? Hold Off on Buying Out the Drugstore

The January 2018 issue of Consumer Reports hit the stands last week, and in the cover story, “How to Survive the Cold and Flu Season,” the magazine’s editors issue a stern warning to consumers for this year’s cold and flu season: Instead of overloading on over-the-counter (OTC) cold and flu meds at the first sign…

Apps Help Keep Track of Medication Use

More than half the people in the United States are taking at least one prescription drug (187 million, 58 percent), according to the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, and tens of thousands of those people are dying annually because they don’t follow their medication directions. With people taking a dozen or more pills daily becoming…

Some Antibiotics May Do More Harm Than Good

When taken properly, antibiotics are generally thought of as innocuous, helpful medications. However, not all bacteria-fighting drugs are alike. One class of antibiotics, called fluoroquinolones, can cause dangerous, possibly permanent, side effects—even birth defects. Despite their extreme potency and potential risks, fluoroquinolones—including Avelox, Cipro, Factive, Levaquin, and Ofloxacin—are commonly prescribed to treat a host of…

Man Arrested for Impersonating Pharmacist

More victims are being sought after a Whittier man was arrested on charges of identity theft, forgery and counterfeiting for impersonating a pharmacist. Click HERE to view the news release.