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Scott Soefje, PharmD: Take a Site-Specific Approach to Optimize Care Delivery, Finances

Drug Topics

According to Scott Soefje, PharmD, understanding nuances across sites of care can help health care providers optimize patient care delivery while ensuring financial viability across all settings.

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Optical Sensor Shows Promise in Non-Invasive Continuous Glucose Monitoring

Pharmacy Times

Optical glucose sensing techniques have been reported, but they require complex optical instrumentations found in laboratories, so feasibility for patient use has been challenging.

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STAT+: In a scientific first, researchers use CRISPR base editing to treat liver disease in fetal monkeys

STAT

The ambitious idea of using CRISPR to cure genetic diseases before birth is one step closer to reality. Scientists reported on Monday that they used a form of the technology known as “ base editing ” to alter the DNA of laboratory monkeys in the womb, substantially reducing the levels of a toxic protein that causes a fatal liver disease before the animals had even been born.

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Personalized Care, Collaboration Key to Navigating Ethics in Oncology Pharmacy

Drug Topics

Karen Fancher, PharmD, addresses how hearing the perspectives of colleagues can offer invaluable support to shape individualized approaches to ethical dilemmas in oncology pharmacy.

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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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Hospitals largely keep quiet on maternal care since Dobbs, STAT survey finds

STAT

The Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has transformed not just abortion access but maternal health care across the United States, causing physicians in states with restrictive laws to shift treatment of conditions including ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage. The full scale of the impact, though, has been obscured in a polarized political climate where physicians are often afraid to speak out, or are blocked by their hospitals from talking about their experiences post-Dobbs.

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CMS sets Medicaid payments to home care workers at 80%

Fierce Healthcare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is hoping to improve Medicaid enrollees’ access to care through a final rule that better compensates caregiving roles. | CMS released a series of final rules Monday, including Medicaid access regulations that some groups worry will cause providers to close.

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Simple HealthKit partners with Amazon to increase access to at-home diagnostics and chronic care

Fierce Healthcare

Simple HealthKit is bringing chronic condition diagnostics to front porches across the country via a new partnership with Amazon. | Consumers can now buy Simple HealthKit’s at-home tests for diabetes (HbA1c), respiratory wellness and sexual wellness and have it shipped to their door through Amazon.

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STAT+: ‘Devalued, disempowered, and unseen’: Mass General Brigham doctors react to latest merger step

STAT

Discontent among Mass General Brigham doctors had been at a slow burn for years. But when an unexpected announcement from the chief executive titled “A message about our future” popped into inboxes one morning last month, that frustration seemed to fully ignite. Mass General Brigham, a dominant force in Boston medicine, was launching the latest and perhaps most contentious step in its ongoing effort to merge its two flagship Harvard-affiliated medical centers: combine all departmen

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There's a big market for healthcare data analytics. Here's how Trilliant Health is making moves to stand out

Fierce Healthcare

The $4 trillion healthcare industry is a data-rich sector, and every healthcare player is trying to find a way to use information to drive better decisions, whether in the clinic or the boardroom.< | The $4 trillion healthcare industry is a data-rich sector, and every healthcare player is trying to find a way to use information to drive better decisions, whether in the clinic or the boardroom.

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STAT+: How a scientific slip-up caused a pregnant woman to get an untested treatment for preterm birth

STAT

Makena, once the only available treatment to prevent preterm birth, has had its share of controversy. A yearslong debate over the drug’s effectiveness led the Food and Drug Administration to withdraw its approval of the product and demand it be pulled from the market after a confirmatory trial couldn’t replicate the results of a key study.

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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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UnitedHealth offers update on cyberattack data analysis, systems restoration

Fierce Healthcare

UnitedHealth Group provided an update late Monday on its analysis of the data accessed in the cyberattack on Change Healthcare, and said it identified files that contain personal and health informa | UnitedHealth Group provided an update late Monday on its analysis of the data accessed in the cyberattack on Change Healthcare, and said it identified files that contain personal and health information.

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Biden administration finalizes abortion privacy protections

STAT

WASHINGTON — Biden officials are still pressing to shore up abortion protections amid an onslaught of legal challenges, one of which is slated for Supreme Court arguments this week. The Department of Health and Human Services on Monday released a final rule that would put abortion services under the same federal privacy protections as other health care data covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA.

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Headspace expands to direct-to-consumer mental health market

Fierce Healthcare

Headspace has launched direct-to-consumer text-based mental health coaching to expand its reach beyond employer customers and capture the cash-pay healthcare market. | Headspace is entering the direct-to-consumer mental health coaching market, broadening its reach beyond its model of contracting with health plans and employers.

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Opinion: An FDA pathway can accelerate innovation for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

STAT

In human biology, the protein dystrophin is a shining example of Joni Mitchell’s classic line, “you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” Dystrophin stabilizes muscle cells. In its absence, the house of cards comes down. For my 6-year-old son, Charlie, dystrophin will govern how long he lives. And how much dystrophin he has in his body depends on the ability of drug developers to continue improving it with innovation.

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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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What pharma stands to gain from technological innovation

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Pharmaceutical companies stand to gain significant benefits from technological innovation in the form of improved data analytics, streamlined healthcare processes, and enhanced patient outcomes. Explore the potential advantages for the pharma industry.

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UnitedHealth ghosts Congress on Change cyberattack — for now

STAT

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.  Embracing Wall Street, stiff-arming Congress (for now) We finally got an answer of how much financial damage the Change  Healthcare  cyberattack did to UnitedHealth Group: Basically none.

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Ocrelizumab Demonstrates Near-Complete Suppression of Relapses for Multiple Sclerosis

Pharmacy Times

Ocrelizumab (Ocrevus; Roche) is being investigated as a twice yearly 10-minute subcutaneous injection compared to the intravenous infusion formulation.

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Biden admin finalizing industry-opposed staffing requirements for nursing homes

Fierce Healthcare

The Biden administration will finalize a controversial nursing home staffing rule today that includes the more stringent requirements floated in last September’s proposal, Vice President Kamala Har | Later today the federal government will finalize the more stringent version of the Nursing Home Minimum Staffing rule floated last year, Vice President Kamala Harris' office said Monday morning.

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Study Finds Many Individuals With Cardiovascular Disease Consume Twice Daily Recommendation of Sodium

Pharmacy Times

Investigators found that 89% of individuals with cardiovascular disease consumed more than 1500 mg of sodium daily.

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Therapeutic Relationship Plays Key Role in Psychedelic Treatment

Drug Topics

A higher patient-rated therapeutic alliance was associated with improvements in depression outcomes up to 1 year after treatment.

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STAT+: Novo Nordisk’s growth plan

STAT

Want to stay on top of the science and politics driving biotech today?  Sign up  to get our biotech newsletter in your inbox. Morning! Hope you had a delightful weekend. Up today: an exclusive look at the scientific mix-up behind the approval of preterm birth drug Makena. We hear from a mother of a son with Duchenne muscular dystrophy who wants to ensure the FDA’s accelerated approval pathway stays strong, and more.

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AI in Drug Discovery: Day Two

pharmaphorum

Discover the innovative use of artificial intelligence (AI) in drug discovery with a focus on GenAI and Large Language Models (LLMs) on Day Two of this informative event. Explore how technology is revolutionising the pharmaceutical industry.

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VP Harris announces final rules mandating minimum standards for nursing home staffing

STAT

The federal government is for the first time requiring nursing homes to have minimum staffing levels after the Covid-19 pandemic exposed grim realities in poorly staffed facilities  for older and disabled Americans. Vice President Kamala Harris announced the final rules on Monday before a trip to La Crosse, Wis., where she will talk to nursing home care employees about their work.

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Jury awards Providence's hourly workers $98M in unpaid wages, though judge could double payout

Fierce Healthcare

A Seattle jury determined that Providence had underpaid thousands of its hourly employees by denying second meal breaks during long shifts and rounding down the minutes they clocked in for a shift. | A verdict reached last week could see up to $220 million paid out to over 33,000 of the system's hourly employees. Providence said it plans to appeal the decision.

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STAT+: Pharmalittle: We’re reading about an OptumRx contract, 340B dispute resolution, and more

STAT

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to another working week. We hope the weekend respite was invigorating and inspiring, because that oh-too predictable routine of online meetings, phone calls, and deadlines has returned. But what can you do? The world, such as it is, continues to spin. So to give it a nudge in a better direction, we are firing up the coffee kettle to brew some cups of stimulation.

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With $75m cash injection, SynOx plans ph3 rare tumour trial

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Ireland’s SynOx Therapeutics has completed a second-round financing, raising $75 million, as it prepares to take its drug for tenosynovial giant cell tumour (TGCT) into phase 3 trials. TGCT is a rare disease affecting the joints and tendons caused by overproduction of the protein CSF-1, which stimulates the proliferation of various cell types, inflammation, and destruction of the matrix of the joint.

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Health Canada approves Merck’s KEYTRUDA for gastric cancer treatment

Pharmaceutical Technology

Health Canada has approved Merck’s KEYTRUDA (pembrolizumab), an anti-programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) therapy for use in combination with fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-containing-chemotherapy as a first-line treatment for adult gastric cancer patients.

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US Supreme Court rejects Vanda's bid to revive patents on sleep disorder drug Hetlioz

Fierce Pharma

The prospects for Vanda Pharmaceuticals’ 10-year-old circadian rhythm drug Hetlioz have grown that much dimmer after the U.S. | The prospects for Vanda Pharmaceuticals’ 10-year-old circadian rhythm drug Hetlioz have grown that much dimmer after the U.S. Supreme Court shot down the company’s attempt to challenge an appeals court decision invalidating several of the drug’s patents in 2023.

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Case Study: Advise Patients on Eligibility, Efficacy of Zoster Vaccine

Pharmacy Times

Sharing data and a personal recommendation can make a difference in a patient’s life

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Sanofi's Zantac settlement is worth $100M, or $25K per claimant: Bloomberg

Fierce Pharma

Sanofi will pay $100 million—or approximately $25,000 each—to roughly 4,000 claimants who filed lawsuits saying that the French company failed to warn users that its heartburn medicine Zantac (rani | Sanofi will pay approximately $25,000 per person to roughly 4,000 claimants who filed lawsuits saying that the French company failed to warn users that its heartburn medicine Zantac (ranitidine) can cause cancer, Bloomberg reported.

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Avidity Biosciences gets grant for polynucleic acid conjugate for treating FSHD through rna interference

Pharmaceutical Technology

Discover how Avidity Biosciences' patented polynucleic acid molecule conjugate targets the DUX4 gene to combat FSHD. Learn more about this groundbreaking approach in gene therapy.

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Soon-Shiong's ImmunityBio bags FDA approval for Anktiva to challenge Merck in bladder cancer

Fierce Pharma

After a merger and an FDA rejection, celebrity businessman and biotech entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong’s ImmunityBio has landed the company’s first U.S. | After a merger and an FDA rejection, celebrity businessman and biotech entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong’s ImmunityBio has landed the company’s first U.S. approval in the cancer immunotherapy Anktiva.

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Cigna Group Foundation unveils grant program targeting youth mental health

Fierce Healthcare

Cigna has announced a new multiyear initiative that aims to invest in improving youth mental health. | Cigna has announced a new multiyear initiative that aims to invest in improving youth mental health.

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Ahead of Alnylam's key heart disease readout, experts say Pfizer rival would be hard to displace

Fierce Pharma

As a closely watched readout from Alnylam Pharmaceuticals' Amvuttra in the rare heart disease transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy (ATTR-CM) is expected in a few weeks, experts suggested the RNA si | As an all-important readout from Alnylam’s Amvuttra in the rare heart disease ATTR-CM is expected in a few weeks, experts suggested that the RNA silencer may have a hard time challenging Pfizer’s tafamidis franchise despite a last-minute trial design change.

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