FDA: FDA launches mobile-friendly database with information on life-saving HIV drugs as part of ongoing mission to empower the public through increased access to information and data

FDA: FDA launches mobile-friendly database with information on life-saving HIV drugs as part of ongoing mission to empower the public through increased access to information and data. “Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the launch of an interactive database that will offer a wealth of critical information about antiretrovirals (ARVs) eligible for purchase under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program.”

Pharmacy Times: New Website Tackles Health Care Diversion

Pharmacy Times: New Website Tackles Health Care Diversion. “[The site] aims to obtain the most accurate database of drug diversion incidents in the United States and relies in part on the reporting of those who work inside health care facilities. Great care is taken to verify the reports and not duplicate them. One resource is the list server of IHFDA, which routinely reports known drug diversion events inside hospitals and long-term care facilities. The website also contains facts on health care facility incidents that have been reported across the country, including a US map that pinpoints reported diversion issues.” My first question was “What the heck is health care diversion,” which led me to “drug diversion,” which, according to the CMS, is “the deflection of prescription drugs from medical sources into the illegal market.”

MobiHealthNews: FDA, NIH’s newest app asks clinicians to log case data when treating difficult infections

MobiHealthNews: FDA, NIH’s newest app asks clinicians to log case data when treating difficult infections. “The FDA and National Institutes of Health are tapping the clinical community and a newly launched mobile platform in its search for novel infectious disease interventions. Called CURE ID, the online data repository will allow clinicians to report instances in which existing FDA-approved drugs are used to successfully treat infections.”

TechCrunch: Amazon launches medication management features for Alexa

TechCrunch: Amazon launches medication management features for Alexa. “The feature will allow customers to set up their own medication reminders and request voice refills using their prescription information. At launch, these capabilities are only available to customers of Giant Eagle Pharmacy, a regional retailer in the Midwest and East Coast.”

University of Michigan: U-M, MDHHS launch one-stop website to guide safe pain treatment across Michigan and beyond

University of Michigan: U-M, MDHHS launch one-stop website to guide safe pain treatment across Michigan and beyond. “The toolkit includes everything from evidence-based guides for how many opioid and nonopioid painkiller doses patients typically need after different types of operations to materials that can help guide conversations about tapering off of long-term opioid treatment in favor of other treatments. It also offers information about effective treatments for opioid use disorders, as well as resources for aiding clinicians to link patients to available services in Michigan.”

K5 News: Free online tool identifies dangerous drug/supplement combinations

K5 News: Free online tool identifies dangerous drug/supplement combinations . “Sometimes a supplement can interact with another medication. Now scientists and engineers at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence have developed an online tool to help consumers determine if a supplement will interact with another drug they are taking.”

Washington Post: Drilling into the DEA’s pain pill database

Washington Post: Drilling into the DEA’s pain pill database. “For the first time, a database maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration that tracks the path of every single pain pill sold in the United States — by manufacturers and distributors to pharmacies in every town and city — is being made public.”