Category: Pharmacy

“Why Can’t I Have My Prescription?”

Pharmacist on the phone with patients physician

What pharmacy patients should know when seeking pain medications Written by De’Bora White and Bob Dávila of The California State Board of Pharmacy “I have been on Norco for 10 years, and the pharmacist never questioned the prescription before.” “Lately, the pharmacy never has my pain medication in stock and won’t let me get my…

State Expands Fight Against Opioid Crisis

Silhouette of a woman taking a pill

California continues to expand its efforts to combat the opioid addiction crisis with a boost of federal funding and a program model from an unlikely East Coast source. The latest component of the state’s medication assisted treatment plan for opioid addiction is called the Hub and Spoke System, which is based on a similar, highly…

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…

FDA Warns of Flu Treatment Claims

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers to be wary of unapproved products claiming to prevent, treat or cure influenza or flu and to avoid buying prescription-only flu medicines from unlicensed online pharmacies. This year’s deadly flu season may tempt some consumers to buy unproven flu treatments, and even…

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…