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

Drug Topics

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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New Merck pneumococcal vaccine wins FDA approval

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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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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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Bird flu snapshot: A critic of the U.S. response speaks out, and USDA tries to ‘corner the virus’

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Bird flu snapshot: This is the first in a series of regular updates on H5N1 avian flu that STAT is publishing on Monday mornings. To read future updates you can also subscribe to STAT’s Morning Rounds newsletter. Seth Berkley, the former head of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, gave voice last week to a point of view STAT has been hearing for a while about the U.S. response to the H5N1 bird flu outbreak in dairy cows.

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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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Pharmacists Lead the Fight Against Declining Flu Vaccination Rates

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In an attempt to promote flu vaccination, Kristen Thorson, PharmD, encourages pharmacists to “know the power of their recommendation.

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Vaping is just as good as Chantix at helping people quit cigarettes, new study finds

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WASHINGTON — E-cigarettes were about as effective at helping people quit smoking as the gold-standard pharmaceutical drug, varenicline, according to a clinical trial published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. The trial randomized 458 people who smoked daily and wanted to quit to receive either a nicotine-containing e-cigarette and placebo tablets, varenicline and an e-cigarette without nicotine, or a placebo tablet and a nicotine-free e-cigarette for 12 weeks.

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STAT+: Oncologists turn to blood test for circulating tumor DNA, but questions remain on how to use the data

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The hope for many cancer patients who go through surgery is that they’ll be cured after the surgeon removes the tumor. The question that lingers is whether they got it all out — if the surgery happened in time before cancer cells scattered off of the primary tumor to seed unseen metastases or if some microscopic malignancy was left behind near the original cancer site.

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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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What’s the evidence for the Surgeon General’s proposed social media warning?

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United States Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wants to add a warning label on social media. “It is time to require a surgeon general’s warning label on social media platforms, stating that social media is associated with significant mental health harms for adolescents,” he wrote in an op-ed published on Monday in the New York Times, calling on Congress to take action to add the warning, which would be along the lines of the ones issued against tobacco and alcohol consumption.

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Color Health taps OpenAI to generate screening plans for cancer patients

Fierce Healthcare

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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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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FDA Approves Blinatumomab for Adult and Pediatric Patients With B-ALL

Pharmacy Times

The FDA approved blinatumomab for treatment of patients with CD19-positive Philadelphia chromosome-negative B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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Amazon Pharmacy expands RxPass subscription service to Medicare patients

Fierce Healthcare

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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STAT+: Former medical device CEO who sold fake plastic parts sentenced to 6 years in prison

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The former CEO of Stimwave, a company that sold pain-relief devices with dummy pieces of plastic, was sentenced Monday by a New York judge to six years in prison.  Stimwave sold nerve stimulation devices to combat pain. Under CEO Laura Perryman’s leadership, the company warped the design of their devices to earn more reimbursement money from insurers, resulting in unnecessary plastic parts that allowed doctors to claim around $18,000 more than they previously could.

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GLP-1s Improve Taste Sensitivity, Reduce Body Weight in Patients with Obesity

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Two posters presented at ENDO 2024 assessed semaglutide’s impact on taste sensitivity and tirzepatide’s role in body weight reduction.

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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, GLP-1s: 4 takeaways from AHIP 2024

Fierce Healthcare

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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Opinion: I’m a hypochondriac. Here’s how the health care system needs to deal with people like me

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A late-night Flomax commercial is sometimes all it takes for me to start spinning in a cycle of anxiety. If I don’t need Flomax to help me pee better, then I imagine I probably need a screening for prostate cancer. I’m a hypochondriac. I’m also a health care executive with insight into how the U.S. health care system works — and doesn’t work — which may contribute to my hyper focus on health.

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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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How Pharmacists Can Help Support Men’s Health

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Patrick Alonso, PharmD, CPh, discusses how pharmacists' skills are underutilized and how they can help support men’s health.

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STAT+: Under pressure to thwart pharma patent abuse, the PTO proposes a new rule. But will it fly?

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In a bid to prevent the patent system from being abused, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has proposed a new rule designed to stem the use of so-called patent thickets , which are wielded by pharmaceutical companies to delay the arrival of lower-cost generic medicines in the marketplace. Essentially, thickets are collections of numerous patents that add only incremental changes to a drug and, therefore, produce little to no additional benefit to patients.

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As nursing visas again hit their annual limit, industry groups call for Congress to step in

Fierce Healthcare

International workers’ high demand for employment-based immigrant visas has led the State Department to effectively cut off the flow of green cards for skilled workers, including nurses, for the re | "This latest visa freeze halts the flow of qualified international nurses when American hospitals need them most, and the only way to correct it is through congressional action," said American Association of International Healthcare President Patty Jeffrey.

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STAT+: Why health care spending keeps climbing

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You’re reading the web version of Health Care Inc., STAT’s weekly newsletter following the flow of money in medicine. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Monday. Putting your money where your mouth is Large companies rarely switch health insurance vendors. It’s a pain in the butt for everyone involved, even if the current setup is a raw deal.

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How Software as a Service Elevates Patient Care in the Pharmacy

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Nicolette Mathey, PharmD, founder of ATRIUM24 and Dotti CRM, discussed how new technological tools can help pharmacists care for more patients.

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STAT+: Why a big California employer ditched Elevance for some of its health plans

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The California Public Employees’ Retirement System is making a drastic change to one of its major health insurance plans for the state’s employees and retirees: It’s switching health insurance carriers, and forcing its new partners to earn their fees instead of automatically getting them. The new contract could serve as a model for other large employers that are fully on the hook for their workers’ health care costs and want their insurance companies to do more to kee

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From market withdrawal back to £3B peak sales: GSK dreams big for myeloma ADC Blenrep

Fierce Pharma

Two back-to-back pivotal trial wins have rekindled hopes at GSK that once-failed multiple myeloma drug Blenrep could reach more than 3 billion pounds sterling in peak sales after all. | Two back-to-back pivotal trial wins have rekindled hopes at GSK that once-failed multiple myeloma drug Blenrep could reach more than 3 billion pounds sterling in peak sales after all.

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FDA offers new guidelines for Covid-19 vaccine

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Want to stay on top of the science and politics driving biotech today?  Sign up  to get our biotech newsletter in your inbox. Hello! Today, we talk about the uptick in physicians using ctDNA to determine if resected cancers are truly gone, we see the FDA offering new guidelines for Covid-19 vaccines, and more.

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Could Amazon or Google hold the key to the future of public health diagnostics?

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Discover how leading tech giants such as Amazon, Google, Apple, and Microsoft are shaping the future of public health diagnostics through MedTech innovations. Explore the potential impact on healthcare and stay informed on the latest developments.

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Mark Cuban's D2C pharmacy won't beat most insured patients' out of pocket drug prices, one study finds

Fierce Healthcare

Insured patients are often better off buying their generic prescriptions through their health insurance benefits than through Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company, though those without insurance could | Only about 12% of generic prescription fills bring higher costs than the billionaire-backed pharmacy, with median savings among these landing at about $5.

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Address the impact of trending health information with conversation data

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Explore the impact and influence of trending health information, like Ozempic and the Eddy Effect on platforms like TikTok, through conversation data analysis. Learn more about these trends and their implications.

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AHIP 2024: Cutting through the 'nostalgia' for traditional Medicare

Fierce Healthcare

LAS VEGAS—The eyes of many regulators and lawmakers are on Medicare Advantage (MA), and, amid rising criticism of the program, one industry leader is making the case that "nostalgia" for traditiona | LAS VEGAS—The eyes of many regulators and lawmakers are on Medicare Advantage, and amid rising criticism of the program, one industry leader is making the case that "nostalgia" for traditional Medicare is misguided.

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Upscaling your brand strategy: New ways of planning

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Learn how to upscale your brand strategy with new and innovative ways of planning. Discover effective brand planning strategies to take your brand to the next level.

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Expert: Individualized Gender-Affirming Care and Support is Essential for LGBTQ+ Patients

Pharmacy Times

Creating a supportive environment and staying informed on the latest research can be significant when supporting patients in the LGBTQ+ community, notes Olivia Buckoski, PharmD, AAHIVP, HIVPCP.

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How long should you stop Eliquis before surgery?

The Checkup by Singlecare

Eliquis, the brand name of the generic medication apixaban, is an oral anticoagulant and Factor Xa inhibitor medication that reduces the risk of a blood clot. Since apixaban will not be available until 2028 , Eliquis is the go-to prescription. Manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eliquis is a medical treatment for people with serious conditions such as atrial fibrillation, pulmonary embolism, or deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot in the legs).

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CDC Evaluates Concerns of Guillain-Barré Syndrome Following RSV Vaccination

Pharmacy Times

Data show that the estimated rate of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) after receiving an RSV vaccine was 5.0 among individuals aged 60 years and older, with 1.5 reports per million doses of both vaccines.

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Telehealth firm fraud charges may worsen ADHD drug shortage

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Two executives at telehealth startup Done Global have been arrested and face allegations of fraud involving the distribution of medicines for ADHD

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