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The Plan B Debate

By AHS | December 12, 2011

Would More Availability of Plan B Benefit Small Pharmacies?

"In the real world, legislators know nothing about retail. Making this drug more available isn't going to make a difference in sales. And if the law went through, no pharmacy owner in his right mind would place the product in the front of the store. It's small and expensive, and can be easily shoplifted. You'd literally be giving it away."

Alan Solman

Pharmacist and Owner, Kings Pharmacy

New York City

"We run a small pharmacy and serve generally the same people. We have stocked Plan B before, but have not so

Pharmacists, nurses take top two spots in Gallup integrity survey

By AHS | December 12, 2011

For the ninth consecutive year, pharmacists ranked in the top three of Gallup’s annual "Honesty and Ethics" survey, coming in just behind nurses, who took the lead.

Pharmacists ranked second to nurses and ahead of doctors, moving up one place from last year’s survey. Among respondents, 73% rated the honesty and ethical standards of pharmacists as “very high” or “high.”

“The Gallup survey reflects the unsurpassed value of community pharmacy in improving patient health and reducing healthcare costs across the board,” stated National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO

Obama administration refuses to relax Plan B restrictions

By AHS | December 08, 2011

The Obama administration stunned women’s health advocates and abortion opponents alike Wednesday by rejecting a request to let anyone of any age buy the controversial morning-after pill Plan B directly off drugstore and supermarket shelves.

For what the Food and Drug Administration thinks is the first time, the Department of Health and Human Services overruled the agency, vetoing the FDA’s decision to make the contraceptive available without any restrictions. Revealing a rare public split, FDA Administrator Margaret A. Hamburg said her conclusion that the drug could be used safely by women of all ages was nullified by Health and Human Services Sec

Can Pharmacists Help Prevent SIDS?

By AHS | December 04, 2011

When you think of experts who provide education for new parents about how to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), you probably envision a pediatrician or a family physician. But what about a pharmacist? An innovative new continuing education program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health targets pharmacists—both community- and hospital-based—as potentially important sources of SIDS-prevention messages.

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) partnered with First Candle, a national nonprofit health organization focused on improving survival for infants in their first yea

Okla. pharmacists pack state Capitol to oppose prescription changes to state insurance pla

By AHS | December 01, 2011

  Dozens of pharmacists and pharmacy students packed into a legislative hearing Wednesday to voice concerns over a cost-saving proposal to change the prescription drug benefit plan for thousands of state and education employees in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board approved a change to its prescription drug plan. The change provides cost savings for members who use in-network pharmacies and a mail-order service for certain maintenance medications, which are drugs taken each day, such as for diabetes or high blood pressure. The board projects the change will save the system and its members




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