December 27: Year in Review 2019

Published Online: Friday, December 27th, 2019




This year video program provides our readers with an in-depth review of the top news, product approvals, FDA rulings, and more of 2019. Our Year in Review is a can't miss for the busy pharmacy professional.


Nicole Grassano: Hello and welcome to the Pharmacy Times News Network. I’m Nicole Grassano your host for our Pharmacy Year in Review.

Throughout the 2019 year, Pharmacy Times brought the latest news coverage, expert interviews, and updates from across the pharmacy landscape.

From newsworthy moments to groundbreaking research, here are the most popular articles published on Pharmacy Times® during 2019. 

Number 5: Opioid Prescribing Limits Across the States. In February 2019, 15 states, including Alaska, Hawaii, and Colorado, passed laws limiting opioid prescribing for acute pain in opioid native patients to a 7-day supply.

Number 4: Tamiflu Set to Switch to OTC Status. In July 2019, manufacturer Sanofi signed a deal with Roche Pharmaceuticals to obtain exclusive OTC rights for the antiviral agent Tamiflu, a neuraminidase inhibitor indicated for the treatment and prophylaxis of the influenza virus.

Number 3: Uncertainty Remains in the Match or Mismatch for the 2019-2020 Flu Vaccine. In October 2019, a study indicated that there was an antigenic mismatch of the 2019 Southern Hemisphere influenza vaccine with the H3N2 component, resulting in a lower vaccine effectiveness during the H3N2-dominated influenza seasons.

Number 2: Recall Expanded for Losartan Potassium Tablets. In January 2019, a recall of Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited’s Losartan Potassium Tablets USP was expanded to include 8 additional lots, bringing the total to 10 lots recalled at the consumer level.

Number 1: U.S. News, Pharmacy Times Team Up to Reveal 2019 Top Recommended Health Products. In June 2019, the U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, and Pharmacy Times®, the leading multimedia resource for the pharmacy industry, released the 2019 Top Recommended Health Products.

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Thanks for watching our Pharmacy Year in Review. I’m Nicole Grassano at the Pharmacy Times News Network.

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