July 28, 2010
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) offered recommendations to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at a two-day public meeting that concluded today and was held to solicit input as the agency designs and implements Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) intended to promote drug safety.
"Pharmacists take seriously their role as the primary source of drug information for their patients," said NCPA Acting Executive Vice President Douglas Hoey, RPh. "Pharmacists provide both life-saving medications to their patients, as well as critical written and verbal drug information and counseling that allow medications to be used most appropriately and safely. Going forward, we urge the FDA to leverage the value that community pharmacists offer related to the proper use of medications and avoidance of costly mistakes down the road."
NCPA's Vice President for Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Ronna Hauser, PharmD, presented the following views and recommendations to the FDA:
NCPA's full statement to the FDA regarding REMS is available here. In addition, NCPA's statement to the FDA concerning a class-wide opioid REMS can be found here.
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