Mon.Mar 27, 2023

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Celebrating the success of the COVID-19 vaccines, and looking to the future

PhRMA

It’s been over three years since I saw my first COVID-19 patient in the emergency department. The image of that x-ray is burned into my memory: clusters of white spots spread out across both sides of the patient’s lung. A dramatic, and not all that common, clinical finding. The patient in front of me already had a fever and was breathing quickly, in need of extra oxygen support.

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Treatment For Rare Immunodeficiency Disease Gets FDA Approval

Drug Topics

The drug Leniolisib, now with the brand name Joenja, treats APDA, a genetic disorder that impairs the immune system. Its annual list price will be $547,500.

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Rapid microbiology testing market growth expected 2022 to 2027

European Pharmaceutical Review

A report has predicted the rapid microbiology testing market size is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.31 percent between 2022 and 2027. According to the data, the market is forecasted to increase by $2,487.91 million. The research includes historic market data from 2017 to 2021, using 2022 as the base year. It covers various testing methods such as growth-based, nucleic-acid-based and viability-based.

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How Independent Pharmacists Build Their Brand In A Crowded Market

Drug Topics

Drug Topics® is joined by Thomas W. Taylor, the owner of Williamsburg Drug, for a conversation about starting an independent pharmacy, maintaining patient relationships, and more.

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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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Newly available test strips can detect lethal ‘tranq’ in drug supply

STAT

Public health workers will soon have a new tool at their disposal to thwart a spreading danger to users of illicit drugs: xylazine test strips. The new testing kits will allow health departments, grassroots harm-reduction groups, and individual drug users to test substances for the presence of xylazine, a sedative often referred to as “tranq.

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3 Ways Best-in-Class Purchasing Automation Optimizes GPO Membership

Drug Topics

As a GPO member, how many hours a week do you eat up in purchasing? You can unify purchasing and inventory into one integrated solution with best-in-class automation. It won’t replace your GPO — it works with your system giving you greater visibility, accountability, insight, convenience and efficiency.

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Why GPO Member Pharmacies Need Best-in-Class Inventory Automation and How They Can Achieve It

Drug Topics

Smarter Inventory for GPO Members: Maximize Your GPO Membership If you’re working with a GPO, best-in-class inventory automation gives your pharmacy more inventory options, more insights into that relationship and more oversight of your wholesaler. It won’t replace your GPO. It empowers you. It integrates with your GPO—and your entire vendor portfolio—to give you visibility, accountability and insight.

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How trazodone can help anxious dogs

The Checkup by Singlecare

Just like their human best friends, dogs can feel anxious and even depressed sometimes. Also like humans, the medication trazodone is sometimes prescribed for dogs who aren’t their usual happy selves. In humans, this medication treats depression and insomnia —thanks to its sedative effects. Here is what you should know about using this Rx in veterinary medicine, including its use, dosage, and side effects.

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Promoting Health Equity and Achieving Pharmacoequity to Ensure Medication Access for All

Drug Topics

Speakers at the 2023 virtual Value-Based Insurance Design Summit discussed government programs and company initiatives to advance health equity, as well as the role of research and advocacy to achieve pharmacoequity.

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Undertaking lifelong endurance exercise linked to unfavourable coronary plaque composition

Hospital Pharmacy Europe

Undertaking lifelong endurance exercise gives rise to more risk-prone non-calcified coronary plaques compared to fit and healthy individuals The findings of a prospective study by the Master@Heart Consortium has revealed that participation in lifelong endurance exercise, gives rise to a more unfavourable coronary plaque profile compared to healthy and active non-athletes.

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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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How Vitamin D Can Help Migraines In Young Patients

Drug Topics

Vitamin D supplementation may be an effective and safe adjunctive prophylactic therapy to topiramate for children who experience migraine attacks, showed a study conducted in Saudi Arabia.

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Regenerative medicine: new focus on VEGF target?

Pharmaceutical Technology

Regenerative medicines in early-stage development (preclinical, discovery, or investigational new drug [IND]/ clinical trial application [CTA] filed status) have seen a change in drug targets compared to therapies in late-stage development (Phase II to pre-registration stage). According to GlobalData’s Drugs database, early-stage therapies are focused on vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) as the top drug target, with three drugs currently in development.

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Cash Flow Secrets: 7 Tips to Improve Your Cash Flow

DiversifyRx

Get insider secrets on improving your independent pharmacy’s cash flow. Improving your pharmacy’s cash flow is more critical than ever before! There are so many threats to your business. From the 2024 DIR fee apocalypse to aggressive audits to dwindling profits. Now is the time to shore up your cash flow so you can sleep well at night. Here are my tried and true secrets to improving pharmacy cash flow.

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ViVE 2023: UnitedHealth's new tech exec on how the payer giant is aiming to accelerate transformation

Fierce Healthcare

ViVE 2023: UnitedHealth's new tech exec on how the payer giant is aiming to accelerate transformation pminemyer Mon, 03/27/2023 - 22:48

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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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Elevated ozone levels increase risk of hospital admission for cardiovascular diseases

Hospital Pharmacy Europe

Increased ozone levels within the atmosphere are associated with an greater risk of hospital admission for a range of cardiovascular diseases An increased level of atmospheric ozone has been shown to be associated with a greater risk of hospital admission for a number of adverse cardiovascular events according to the findings of a time-series analysis by Chinese researchers.

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Why the world’s smallest wheelchairs are going unused

STAT

DALLAS — Inside Kelly Eakin’s garage in suburban Maryland, two of the world’s smallest wheelchairs gather dust. Just a few years ago, these wheelchairs were in high demand. There was a constant waiting list of eight or nine young children with spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, a devastating disease that could shorten life and stunt growth so severely many patients couldn’t use the child wheelchairs insurance covered.

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Wakefern taps Mike Stigers to serve as president

Drug Store News

Mike Stigers will succeed Joe Sheridan, who announced his retirement last year and will remain with the company through the end of the calendar year.

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STAT+: Under protest, FDA to convene advisory panel to review controversial cell therapy for ALS

STAT

The Food and Drug Administration will convene a meeting of independent advisers to review a personalized cell therapy for ALS that the agency has previously refused to consider. On Monday, BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, maker of the experimental ALS treatment called NurOwn, said the FDA had agreed to hold an advisory committee meeting. A date has not been set.

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Kellogg’s adds fun to breakfast with Frosted Flakes Minecraft cereal

Drug Store News

The limited-edition cereal features Frosted Flakes and green squares of “Creeper Bit” marshmallows that evoke Minecraft’s pixelated block look.

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A half century after Prozac, a new generation of depression drugs is bringing hope to a long-stagnant field

STAT

This article is excerpted from the latest STAT Report: Treating Depression: a new era of promising Drugs. O n May 8, 1972, a researcher at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis named Jong-Sin Horng tested a compound his team had developed and found it had a curious property.

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Do You Swallow a Spoonful of Mustard for Heartburn?

The People's Pharmacy

Do you suffer from heartburn? Many people do, judging from the popularity of acid-suppressing drugs such as esomeprazole ( Nexium ), lansoprazole ( Prevacid ) or omeprazole ( Prilosec ). Antacids like Maalox or Tums also sell briskly. But readers have found a lot of non-drug alternatives that can ease the burn. Some swear by pre-emptively munching a small handful of almonds at the end of a meal.

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Value-based care enabler Wellvana clinches $84M to expand in existing, new markets

Fierce Healthcare

Value-based care enabler Wellvana clinches $84M to expand in existing, new markets agliadkovskaya Mon, 03/27/2023 - 14:48

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STAT+: Ohio attorney general accuses pharmacy benefit managers of drug price fixing

STAT

The Ohio attorney general filed a lawsuit on Monday accusing three large pharmacy benefit managers of fixing prices for various medicines, the latest effort to scrutinize the controversial companies that occupy a crucial role in pharmaceutical pricing. The lawsuit alleges Humana, Prime Therapeutics, and Cigna — which owns Express Scripts — shared pricing information and other data gathered by a company based in Switzerland to gain an upper hand in negotiations with drug companies f

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BioNTech surprises analysts with low revenue guidance as COVID-19 vaccine demand wavers

Fierce Pharma

BioNTech surprises analysts with low revenue guidance as COVID-19 vaccine demand wavers fkansteiner Mon, 03/27/2023 - 09:35

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STAT+: Bernie Sanders’ accidentally great drug pricing idea

STAT

When Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel was called before a Senate committee last week to defend his company’s decision to raise the price of its Covid vaccine, things went largely as one would expect. Progressives tried to pin the Moderna billionaire down as a symbol of corporate greed. Mitt Romney delivered a paean to the free market. And Bancel tried — and succeeded — at not being too quotable, showing what appeared to be a newfound restraint.

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Novo's high-dose Rybelsus win tees up regulatory filings—and new rivalries

Fierce Pharma

Novo's high-dose Rybelsus win tees up regulatory filings—and new rivalries esagonowsky Mon, 03/27/2023 - 09:19

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REX Awards 2023 - OTC

Drug Store News

DSN’s Retail Excellence Awards spotlight companies that help consumers treat minor maladies with over-the-counter solutions.

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Duo no more: After M&A spree, Pfizer parts ways with Merck KGaA on Bavencio

Fierce Pharma

Duo no more: After M&A spree, Pfizer parts ways with Merck KGaA on Bavencio zbecker Mon, 03/27/2023 - 17:42

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AbbVie receives CRL over drug delivery device

Outsourcing Pharma

The US FDA demanded more information about the device, which would deliver ABBV-951 to patients, should the treatment be approved.

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With FDA nod for a Novartis castoff, Pharming is set to market a second rare disease drug

Fierce Pharma

With FDA nod for a Novartis castoff, Pharming is set to market a second rare disease drug kdunleavy Mon, 03/27/2023 - 10:40

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STAT+: Novartis data set up multibillion-dollar battle over breast cancer drugs

STAT

Novartis announced data Monday that could set up one of the biggest marketing battles in cancer. At issue is the market for medicines called CDK 4/6 inhibitors. The first of these drugs, Pfizer’s Ibrance, is a $5-billion-a-year product and one of that company’s top sellers. But it has been losing market share to Eli Lilly’s Verzenio.

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Cleaning Up in Bio/Pharma

BioPharm

As the therapeutic landscape grows more complex, so too must the analytical techniques for cleaning validation to ensure the utmost cleanliness is achieved.

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Opinion: Strengthen science by funding living evidence synthesis

STAT

A recent high-profile paper suggesting that science is becoming dramatically less disruptive set the academic world abuzz. One interpretation of this finding — though by no means the only one — is that the exponential growth of the scientific literature has led researchers to build off older and increasingly narrow slices of the research landscape.

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ViVE 2023: Hospitals, health tech companies face shortages in data privacy, security talent. Recruiting 'outsiders' could be one fix

Fierce Healthcare

ViVE 2023: Hospitals, health tech companies face shortages in data privacy, security talent.