Rise up (at least twice an hour)

Getting up and moving around just every 30 minutes can probably counter the effects of sitting all day. (Not that this applies to you, but it’s worth mentioning to patients with desk jobs.)

What’s your CPE look like?

Let’s see… 30 hours every two years, so you should have about 10.4 hours of CPE completed by now.

Are you behind? You might want to check out our CPEasy webinars, or even our print-and-mail CPE lessons. It’s all on GPhA.org/education.

Or you could, you know, just panic next October when the licensure deadline looms. Your call.

So what does it really cost to bring a drug to market?

A new study that looked at 10 cancer medications found that the median development cost was only $757 million per drug — not the $2.7 billion that companies often cite when justifying soaring drug prices.

The drugmakers saw a total 700 percent return on investment.

But wait! say critics. That doesn’t take into account all the failures that happen before a working medication is created.

But wait! point out the authors. Yes, it does. The figures “include the companies’ total spending on research and development, not just what they spent on the drugs that succeeded.”

You don’t say

Advisory committee to FDA: Yeah, opioids in kids’ cough meds? Bad idea.

(Addiction isn’t the issue, “rather, that there’s little evidence the drugs work to treat cough in children, and there’s lots of evidence that they can have serious side effects.”)

How much naloxone should first responders carry?

Georgia’s PharmD on Demand crunched the numbers. The answers?

  • Law enforcement: 4 mg nasal spray per officer and 4 mg available for K-9 partner (usual dose 0.04-0.1mg/kg nasally)
  • EMS first responders: two 2-mg naloxone prefilled syringes per EMT
  • EMS drug boxes: four 2-mg naloxone prefilled syringes