National Take Back Day 2018

The next National Take Back Day is Oct. 27, 2018!

June is National Safety Month, but we're not talking big machinery safety. We're talking about the safety of our health. Twice a year the Drug Enforcement Administration sponsors National Take Back Day. They partner with law enforcement and various pharmacies within communities to provide ways for patients to dispose of unused, unwanted and expired prescriptions. The purpose behind this day is to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of drugs, opposed to tossing them in the trash. The day also serves as a way of educating the public about the potential for drug abuse. Your medicine may be helpful for you, but remember it's most likely harmful to someone else.

What if I can't make it to a registerd facility to dispose my prescriptions?

While it is preferred prescriptions be taken back to registered officials, there are ways to dispose

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Sears Closing 72 Stores in the Near Future

Sears Holdings announced this week that they have identified one hundred additional stores that continue to be unprofitable. Representatives of the company say they are not liquidating just for the sake of liquidating, instead their plan is to get capital in order to fulfill pensions for their employees. The department store chain has found themselves in a constant cycle of closing low performing stores to reduce costs. But even as expenses were cut, sales continued to fall further. At the end of the first quarter, Sears and Kmart had 894 stores operating. That's 381 fewer than it had a year ago. In January 2018 the company announced the closing of 64 Kmart stores and 39 Sears stores. Some locations are even being auctioned off online. CEO of Sears Holdings said they're not erring on the side of "this store might work," however instead of investing the time and money, they're staying on

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Workforce Domination: Millennials and Supply Chain Management

Millennials are quickly taking over the workforce. The Governance Studies at Brookings predicts that by 2025, 75 percent of the workforce will be millennials. So, what will become of the supply chain in the millennial workforce? A study done at the close of 2017 by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professional found striking results in regards to the future. CSCMP interviewed 300 young professionals. Of those 300, 70 percent are working towards a bachelor's degree and 54 percent are majoring in supply chain management or a related field. The reason? When choosing a career choice, millennials gravitate to jobs that give endless opportunities and different types of jobs. They're also looking for an abundance of room for growth. Millennials appreciate the surplus of opportunities for internships and first hand learning, saying it gives them perspective into the job before graduation. Job satisfaction is another reason young professionals are looking to supply

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Consumerism – Then and Now

Consumerism – Then and Now


  You’re a consumer, I’m a consumer – we’re all consumers, and in today’s modern world, appearance goes a long way and captured the attention of millions. The evolution of consumerism has rocketed forward in the last 10 years bringing the supply chain world with it. Picture this: 10 years ago you walked into a brick and mortar store, found those amazing jeans the model had on in the catalog only to discover they don’t have the right size. Back then you more than likely would have accepted the item was unavailable and perhaps you waited for it to be restocked. The key word here being “waited”. A store associate even told you when to check back into the store for those jeans. Or maybe you chose to order them from the catalog and called to place the order. Those jeans would arrive

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DEA and States Share Prescription Drug Information to Combat Opioid Abuse

DEA and States Share Prescription Drug Information to Combat Opioid Abuse


The Drug Enforcement Administration and attorneys general from 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will now share prescription drug information with one another to help with criminal investigations tied to opioids. The DEA will provide data from its Automation of Reports and Consolidated Order Systems, which collects 80 million transaction reports annually, and the attorneys general will provide the DEA information from their state-run prescription drug monitoring programs. Better information means better decisions . That means the 48 attorneys general and DEA can prosecute the criminals who are contributing to our national drug emergency... Keep Reading.

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Bon-Ton Announces the Closing of all Department Stores.

Bon-Ton Announces the Closing of all Department Stores


The Bon-Ton Stores, a chain of department stores that trace its origins to 1854, applied for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February, but failed to find a buyer. With a significant geographic operating footprint and operating presence, the store is dependent on traffic. "Foot traffic" for stores has decreased as customers shift increasingly toward online retailers," said the company. The company says big retailers like JCPenny, Kohl's and Macy's are squeezing them out.  Bon-Ton is the parent company of Younkers, Carson's and more. The stores will hold liquidation sales until late July.  Keep Reading...

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FDA postpones DSCSA compliance for one year June 30, 2017

November 2018 becomes the deadline day for serializing pharma packages


It’s doubtful that there was a huge sigh of relief through US pharma land with the June 30 announcement  – because the majority of pharma manufacturers have already taken steps toward meeting the Nov. 27 compliance deadline, even if they would not be 100% compliant by that date. But some manufacturers, and a considerable number of contract packagers (who perform packaging functions for multiple clients, and thus have a somewhat more complicated compliance strategy) now have some breathing room to continue their upgrading efforts. Perhaps the most relieved of all is FDA itself, which has been running behind in issuing guidances to industry on a variety of DSCSA compliance details (and in fact, the new guidance includes a paragraph promising some of that guidance eventually... Keep reading 

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OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Hit With Unprecedented Lawsuit

In Everett, Washington, the jail is overflowing with addicts, the detox facility is set to double in size, and the city spends a fortune clearing its streets and parks of needles and tiny plastic bags. Those are the hallmarks of a heroin epidemic that began, city officials said, as a crisis dating back to the late 2000s that involved different drugs: opioid prescription painkillers.
 

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 CVS Pharmacy could face $29 million in fines for allegedly losing track of painkillers at four of its Northern California stores. Tuesday, March 11, 2014

 

CVS Pharmacy could face up to $29 million in fines for allegedly losing track of prescription painkillers at four of its Northern California stores.Prosecutors say the pharmacies face nearly 3,000 violations of the controlled substances act. Officials say the painkillers include Vicodin and Norco. The Los Angeles Times reports thousands of pills may have been sold on the black market. Officials at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration say more than 37,000 pills were taken from CVS stores in Modesto, Fairfield, Dixon and Turlock. ABC7 News has learned that this is not the first incident of theft... Keep Reading

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Industry McKesson settles investigation on controlled substances Thursday, April 30, 2015

Title II of the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), passed in November 2013, is unusually detailed in its specified actions and deadlines compared to much federal legislation; usually, a law is passed with general goals and dates, and then the appropriate regulatory agencies develop specific regulations and timetables. But the entire dynamic of DQSA—the end product of a decade or more of Congressional bills, hearings, prior law and litigation—was...Keep Reading

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