Publication date: 
Fri., Oct. 12, 2018 4:00pm EDT ·

FDA Approved Record Number of Generic Drugs in FY 2018

The FDA approved or tentatively approved a record-setting 971 generic drugs in fiscal year 2018, which ended Sept. 30. The agency set a record for most complete responses in one year with 2,548. "Our work is not done. We'll continue taking additional steps to help ensure patients have access to the drugs they need by making generic drug approval more efficient and predictable," stated FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.

Publication date: 
Tue., Oct. 2, 2018 4:00pm EDT ·

ASHP Publishes Guidelines on Preventing Medication Errors

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) guidelines offer best practices and recommendations for avoiding medication errors in hospitals that highlight the leadership roles that pharmacists play and opportunities for them on interprofessional teams to limit errors. The guidelines urge organizations to have a comprehensive program that includes a medication safety head, an event reporting system, a collaborative medication safety team, and a continuous quality improvement philosophy about evaluation of errors and harm.