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Rise and shine, everyone, another busy day is on the way. And it is also a frigid on here on the Pharmalot campus, where the shortest person is staying home to nurse an illness and the official mascots are looking for a cozy spot to snooze. As for us, we are keeping warm by — you guessed it — quaffing cups of stimulation. As always, you are invited to join us, because no prescription is required. Meanwhile, here are the usual tidbits. Hope you have a lovely day and accomplish great things. Keep in touch …

GlaxoSmithKline says that two major clinical studies successfully tested a new two-drug treatment regimen to control the virus that causes AIDS, Reuters tells us. The results are a boost for its ViiV Healthcare venture, because the approach is a departure from conventional triple drug cocktails that can cause troublesome side effects, especially among older patients who make up a growing proportion of those treated for the disease.


AstraZeneca’s head of oncology, Mondher Mahjoubi, is leaving to lead Innate Pharma, a French biotech, Reuters informs us. His departure is a setback for AstraZeneca, given the drug maker’s focus on new cancer treatments, and comes ahead of key clinical trial readouts for experimental immunotherapy drugs. The company says a successor will be announced shortly.

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  • “Do you have questions about your prescription? Ask the pharmacist.” The sign must be in both English and Spanish and no smaller than 8.5 inches by 11 inches. The sign must be posted in clear public view at all locations where a patient may pick up prescriptions.”

    The above is what passes for pharmacy counseling in at least one state. What’s really scary is, and I’ve heard this personally, is when pharmacists go beyond the limits of their knowledge and start dispensing medical advice. Hey, what the heck, it’s free and there is no waiting around for the doctor to see you. Unless you are unlucky enough to come across that pharmacist mentioned on the blog who practices in Sevierville, TN, ground zero for heroin addiction country, who didn’t know what naloxone was.

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