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Slideshow: Everything You Need to Know About the US Bird Flu Outbreak

Drug Topics

In a webinar conducted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), experts gathered to publicly address the ongoing bird flu outbreak across many US states.

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STAT+: Vertex reports positive results in stem cell trial for type 1 diabetes

STAT

ORLANDO — Twelve people with type 1 diabetes who received a therapy derived from stem cells were able to produce enough of their own insulin to maintain healthy blood glucose levels 90 days later, Vertex Pharmaceuticals said Friday. All but one reduced or eliminated the need to inject insulin over those three months and three people followed for one year no longer needed to inject insulin at all.

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Watch out, GSK. Gilead’s twice-yearly PrEP drug shows 100% efficacy for HIV prevention

Fierce Pharma

For the first time, an HIV PrEP drug candidate has shown zero infections in a phase 3 trial. | For the first time, an HIV PrEP drug candidate has shown zero infections in a phase 3 trial. For Gilead, it serves as one of two pieces for a potential FDA filing. For GSK, it means a major competitor could be looming around the corner.

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Study: Ultraviolet-B Radiation Could Improve Widespread Vitamin D Deficiency

Pharmacy Times

Ambient-UVB radiation could improve 25(OH)D prediction in the future, improving widespread vitamin D deficiencies among non-White individuals.

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Position Your Pharmacy for Expansion

Speaker: Chris Antypas and Josh Halladay

Access to limited distribution drugs and payer contracts are key to pharmacy expansion. But how do you prepare your operations to take the next step? Meaningful data: Collect and share clinical data regarding outcomes, utilization, and more Reporting: Limited distribution models require efficient tracking and reporting systems Workflows: Align workflows with specific pharma and payer contractual requirements For in-depth, expert insights on pharmacy expansion, watch this webinar from Inovalon.

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‘A mixed bag’: Fifth Circuit rules on ACA preventive services legal case

Fierce Healthcare

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a decision in a major legal case that observers have said could fundamentally alter the preventive services provision in the Affordable Care Act. | The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued its ruling on Braidwood Management v. Becerra, a case that has wide-ranging implications on millions of Americans.

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Increasing Prevalence of T1D Calls for Age-Specific Clinical Guidelines of Management

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Clinical recommendations for the management of type 1 diabetes (T1D) in older adults are urgently needed as the global population ages and as improved diabetes care and management of complications have extended the life expectancy of the patient population.

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Can you eat popcorn if you have diabetes?

The Checkup by Singlecare

If you’re managing Type 2 diabetes , choosing foods that help regulate blood glucose levels is essential. According to the American Diabetes Association , the best food choices for people with diabetes include whole grains, lean proteins, healthy fats, and non-starchy vegetables. Foods that are high in fiber and low in sugar are good snack options for individuals with diabetes because they help prevent rapid increases in blood sugar levels, improve heart health, and assist with weight mana

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BENEFIT Trial Results Show Quadruplet Regimen for NDMM TI May Require Weighing Efficacy vs Safety

Pharmacy Times

The quadruplet regimen added bortezomib to the current standard of care, which is a triplet regimen of isatuximab, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone for patients with transplant-ineligible, newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (NDMM TI).

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Color Health taps OpenAI to generate screening plans for cancer patients

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Color Health is working with OpenAI to test out computer-generated personalized care plans for cancer patients. | Color developed a new copilot app that leverages GPT-4o to identify missing diagnostics and create tailored workup plans for patients.

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Pharmacy in the Digital Age

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The world’s information is at our fingertips, but understanding that information and applying it to patient care still requires a rigorous education.

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What the FDA's New Dosage Guidance Means for the Future of Clinical Research

Speaker: Dr. Ben Locwin - Biopharmaceutical Executive & Healthcare Futurist

What will the future hold for clinical research? A recent draft from the FDA provides valuable insight. In "Optimizing the Dosage of Human Prescription Drugs and Biological Products for the Treatment of Oncologic Diseases," the FDA notes that "targeted therapies demonstrate different dose-response relationships compared to cytotoxic chemotherapy, such that doses below the Maximum Tolerated Dose (MTD) may have similar efficacy to the MTD but with fewer toxicities.

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Opinion: Long Covid feels like a gun to my head

STAT

I have spent my career studying infectious diseases that fall under the heading of neglected tropical diseases. Now I have a neglected disease — long Covid — an incurable (for now and for me) disease. As a medical anthropologist working in global health, I thought I understood the despair of poor health. I didn’t. I join 7% of the U.S. adult population — or about 18 million Americans — who have experienced long Covid.

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Kansas AG accuses Pfizer of misrepresenting COVID vaccine, hiding safety risks in lawsuit

Fierce Pharma

Kansas Attorney General is accusing Pfizer of "misrepresenting" its vaccine's safety and efficacy in a 179-page civil suit.

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Study Finds Asthma Severity is Not Associated With Reactivity to Allergen Skin Testing

Pharmacy Times

The findings also show that skin testing positivity for perennial allergens was higher in patients with childhood-onset asthma compared with those with adult-onset asthma.

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Novavax seeks FDA approval for updated Covid-19 vaccine

Pharmaceutical Technology

Novavax has sought US FDA approval for an updated JN.1 version of its Covid-19 vaccine, NVX-CoV2705, for individuals aged 12 years and above.

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5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Pharmacy Management Software

Are you still using workarounds to manage your daily operations? To achieve peak performance, it's time to explore other options for specialty and infusion pharmacy software. Streamline pharmacy operations and improve clinical performance with automated processing, real-time data exchange, and electronic decision support. Download this helpful infographic to: Drive efficiency and patient adherence from referral receipt to delivery and ongoing care – all with our Pharmacy Cloud.

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Value-Based Care Models Can Help Pharmacies Improve Operations

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Sandra C. Canally, RN, founder and CEO of The Compliance Team, discussed the goals, benefits, and opportunities of value-based care in pharmacy.

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STAT+: Doctors Without Borders is closing its widely regarded access-to-medicines campaign

STAT

In a surprise move, Doctors Without Borders is closing down its access-to-medicines campaign, which has been credited with ensuring needed drugs and vaccines have been made available to countless patients in low-income countries around the world. The organization plans to close its campaign by the end of this year and create a new effort devoted to access to products for health care.

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Value-based care, GLP-1s: 4 takeaways from AHIP 2024

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LAS VEGAS — Last week, leaders across the health insurance industry descended on Sin City to dig deep into the biggest topics facing payers. | LAS VEGAS — Last week, leaders across the health insurance industry descended on Sin City to dig deep into the biggest issues facing payers.

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Insights Into the Evolving Landscape of Hematology Treatment

Pharmacy Times

Tim Mok, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS, discusses innovative therapies that are changing the treatment options available for patients with hematologic malignancies.

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Merck gets shot in the arm with FDA approval for first pneumococcal vaccine designed for adults

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The FDA has approved the world’s first pneumococcal disease vaccine designed for adults, signing off on Merck’s Capvaxive (formerly V116) and positioning it to become the primary shot used by senio | The FDA has approved the world’s first pneumococcal disease vaccine designed for adults, signing off on Merck’s Capvaxive (formerly V116) and positioning it to become the primary shot used by seniors to protect against the bacterial infection.

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Slideshow: Exploring Cannabis Utilization in the Oncology Landscape

Drug Topics

Four abstracts presented at ASCO 2024 delved into cannabis and pain management, potential medication interactions, and symptom mitigation, in patients with cancer.

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Substance use experts are sounding the alarm on another addiction: gambling

STAT

LAS VEGAS — Downstairs was a sensory overload: Roulette wheels spun, slot-machine chimes rang, and dealers hurried to scoop up stacks of casino chips resting in front of busted blackjack hands. Many gamblers held a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other.  It was perhaps a strange setting for a conference about substance use treatment.

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Novant Health gives up $320M hospital deal after FTC secures appeals court injunction

Fierce Healthcare

Novant Health is throwing in the towel on its $320 million plan to purchase two Community Health Systems hospitals after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) scored an injunction on the deal from an | "With the FTC’s continued roadblocks we do not see a way to finalize this transaction," a spokesperson for the nonprofit system said Tuesday.

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Drug Shortages in Community Oncology: Ensuring Access to Chemotherapy

Pharmacy Times

Persistent chemotherapy drug shortages challenge oncology providers. American Oncology Network employs a drug shortage committee for organized shortage management that involves pharmacists and interdisciplinary stakeholders.

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In fight against knockoff weight loss meds, Eli Lilly accuses sellers of 'deceptive' advertising

Fierce Pharma

Eli Lilly is stepping up its effort to combat the improper sale of compounded versions of its popular diabetes and weight loss drugs. | Eli Lilly is stepping up its effort to combat the improper sale of compounded versions of its popular diabetes and weight loss drugs. The Indianapolis-based drugmaker is suing six wellness centers, medical spas and others that it claims are using "deceptive" advertising.

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GLP-1s Lead to Weight Loss, Improved CVD Outcomes in Breast Cancer

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In 2 abstracts presented at ASCO 2024, researchers addressed the use of GLP-1s for weight loss and to reduce cardiovascular outcomes in women with breast cancer.

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New Merck pneumococcal vaccine wins FDA approval

STAT

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved Merck’s new pneumococcal vaccine for adults 18 and older. The vaccine, which will be sold under the name Capvaxive, is designed to protect against pneumococcal pneumonia, which hospitalizes about 150,000 adults in the United States every year and kills about 1 in 20 who develop it, according to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

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Amazon Pharmacy expands RxPass subscription service to Medicare patients

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Amazon Pharmacy is expanding its prescription drug subscription program, called RxPass, to Prime members on Medicare insurance. | The RxPass program, launched in January 2023, provides unlimited access to 60 eligible generic medications and will ship the medications to customers' homes for a flat monthly fee of $5.

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FDA Approves Pembrolizumab With Chemotherapy to Treat Adult Patients With Endometrial Carcinoma

Pharmacy Times

The indication is for adult patients with primary advanced or recurrent endometrial carcinoma and is the third indication that pembrolizumab has received for this disease state.

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Blood test could spot Parkinson’s years earlier

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An AI-powered blood test that may be able to predict Parkinson’s years before symptoms develop could allow earlier treatment and guide trials of new treatments

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Diabetes and the Skin: Complications and Prevention Tips

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Skin complications are common in patients with diabetes, but pharmacists can recommend several easy measures to help.

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Inside Anthony Fauci’s ‘On Call’: 9 health and science takeaways from the memoir of America’s most famous doctor

STAT

Anthony Fauci spent 40 years in the top echelons of government. It was no accident. To read the forthcoming memoir by the country’s former top infectious disease expert, “On Call: A Doctor’s Journey in Public Service,” a copy of which was obtained by STAT, is to get a sense of his finesse while advising seven presidents. He strove, he writes, to speak with complete candor and stay out of politics, while remaining strategic in pushing for policies he considered vital t

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Argenx's Vyvgart Hytrulo snares 2nd US nod as FDA gives green light in autoimmune disease CIDP

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For more than a decade, argenx has sought to apply its novel antibody fragment treat | Argenx's Vyvgart has won approval to treat its second indication in the U.S. and its third globally after the U.S. FDA cleared the med to treat the rare and debilitating peripheral nervous system disease chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP).

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FDA Commissioner Says the United States Is Failing the Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic

Pharmacy Times

With improved technology and innovations for diabetes, it is essential for health care providers and health agencies to collaborate to combat rising rates of diabetes.

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NIH awards Cellibre $2M to advance sustainable cannabinoid ingredient production

Outsourcing Pharma

Cellibre, a pioneer in sustainable biochemical manufacturing, has received a $2 million grant from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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