November, 2023

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Independent Rx Forum: NCPA Priorities, Legislative Updates for Independent Pharmacies

Pharmacy Times

Tune in to this episode of the Independent Rx Forum for a comprehensive overview of the National Community Pharmacists Association's legislative priorities, updates on critical pharmacy-related bills, and insights into the legislative process.

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Case study: The pinnacle of person-centred care in hospital pharmacy

Hospital Pharmacy Europe

In November 2022, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust embarked on a person-centred care pilot that has changed the face of their pharmacy practice for the better. Helena Beer speaks to four of the key players about how they went about the ground-breaking project, the impact it’s having on patients, staff and the wider healthcare community, and their top tips for success.

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There Are Increasing Opportunities for Community Pharmacies to Help Patients With Anemia in Condition Management

Pharmacy Times

Pharmacies have the potential to introduce testing services, promote public health campaigns, collaborate with anemia-led clinics, and get more prescribing rights to diagnose anemia.

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Flu Vaccine May Protect Against Heart Attack, Cardiovascular Events

Drug Topics

Study authors recommend that healthcare personnel consider prioritizing influenza vaccination for patients with recent cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) in light of new evidence.

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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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Pfizer site in Connecticut in line for layoffs amid $3.5B cost-cutting campaign

Fierce Pharma

With layoffs hitting employees on both sides of the Atlantic, Pfizer’s $3.5 billion cost-cutting spree has kicked it into high gear this month. | The company's Groton, Connecticut, research site is the latest to fall victim to job cuts as part of Pfizer's massive $3.5 billion cost-cutting mission, following layoffs across the U.S. and the U.K.

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STAT+: FDA investigating whether CAR-T, a treatment for cancer, can also cause lymphoma

STAT

The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it is investigating whether CAR-T therapy, which uses genetically modified white blood cells to attack tumors, can in rare cases cause lymphoma, a blood cancer. “Although the overall benefits of these products continue to outweigh their potential risks for their approved uses, FDA is investigating the identified risk of T cell malignancy with serious outcomes, including hospitalization and death, and is evaluating the need for regulatory

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‘They thought I had cancer’: painkiller banned in UK linked to Britons’ deaths in Spain

The Guardian - Pharmaceutical Industry

Patients’ group says reactions to metamizole can cause sepsis and organ failure – and British and Irish people are at higher risk A patients group representing several British victims has launched legal action against the Spanish government over claims it failed to safeguard people against the potentially fatal side effects of one of the country’s most popular painkillers, involved in a series of serious illnesses and deaths.

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Unveiling Progress and Challenges: C diff Awareness Among Medical Professionals

Pharmacy Times

Christian John Lillis, co-founder and executive director at Peggy Lillis Foundation, discusses the role of the pharmacist in education that advances C diff awareness in the medical community.

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Around 14% of Americans Have Experienced Long COVID Symptoms

Drug Topics

Although long COVID has emerged as a major public health concern, it has not yet been clearly identified as a clinical condition.

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FDA investigates 'serious risk' of secondary cancer following CAR-T treatment

Fierce Pharma

In a blow to CAR-T therapies, the FDA is investigating a “serious risk” of patients developing new cancers after treatment with these highly efficacious oncology drugs. | In a blow to CAR-T therapies, the FDA is investigating a “serious risk” of patients developing new cancers after treatment with these highly efficacious oncology drugs.

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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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STAT+: Mayo Clinic to spend $5 billion on tech-heavy redesign of its Minnesota campus

STAT

Mayo Clinic will spend $5 billion to reinvent its flagship medical campus in Rochester, Minn., infusing digital technologies into several new buildings designed to present a 21st-century vision of clinical care, the organization said Tuesday. The project, to include five new buildings with 2.4 million square feet of space, will merge Mayo’s traditional medical services with its increasing investments in artificial intelligence and digital tools.

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Primary care player Forward unveils AI-based, self-serve CarePods backed by $100M investment

Fierce Healthcare

Primary care player Forward unveiled this week what it has been quietly working on the past two years—self-serve CarePods that use artificial intelligence to screen and diagnose health conditions.< | Primary care player Forward unveiled this week what it has been quietly working on the past two years—self-serve CarePods that use artificial intelligence to screen and diagnose health conditions.

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Shock of the old: 10 scandalous vintage medicines – from asthma cigarettes to cocaine wine

The Guardian - Pharmaceutical Industry

Cure any ailment! Never known to fail! Early medicine adverts made grand claims but they look alarming today The confusion with patent medicines starts with the name, since they were rarely ever patented; manufacturers just thought it sounded cool. Bamboozling was always part of the package: from the 17th century, concoctions of water, alcohol and herbs were sold with wild claims and exotic origin stories.

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Gene Therapy Advances in Hemophilia A Treatment

Pharmacy Times

Atta Chowdhry, RPh, and Robert Sidonio Jr, MD, MSc, discuss the emergence of gene therapy as an exciting option for patients with hemophilia A and highlight benefits, limitations, and ongoing research in the field.

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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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Legalized medical cannabis five years on - Releaf discusses how far the industry hasn't come

Outsourcing Pharma

It is five years this month since a ground-breaking change in UK healthcare history happened â with doctors being able to prescribe cannabis-based medicines for the first time.

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Moderna loses a COVID vaccine patent in Europe amid heated clash with BioNTech, Pfizer

Fierce Pharma

With litigation spanning many countries, the COVID-19 vaccine giants remain engaged in a heated patent war. | Moderna pledged to appeal after the European Patent Office ruled one of its patents invalid in the intellectual property battle that spans multiple countries.

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Pandemic-related immunity gap in kids explains surge of respiratory infections in children in China, says WHO

STAT

Reports this week that China is experiencing a surge in respiratory infections in young children triggered flashbacks of the start of the Covid-19 pandemic among infectious disease watchers. But a rapidly organized meeting Thursday between the World Health Organization and health officials in China assuaged much of that concern. The evidence presented to the WHO team pointed to what’s sometimes called an immunity gap that was created by the pandemic.

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UnitedHealthcare hit with class action over alleged use of AI to deny Medicare Advantage claims

Fierce Healthcare

UnitedHealthcare is facing a potential class action lawsuit following allegations that it used an algorithm to deny claims for post-acute care services in Medicare Advantage. | UnitedHealthcare is facing a potential class action lawsuit following allegations that it used an algorithm to deny claims for post-acute care services in Medicare Advantage.

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Texas AG sues Pfiz­er and Tris Phar­ma for adul­ter­at­ed ADHD drug

Pharmaceutical Technology

Texas AG has sued Pfizer and Tris Pharma for providing adulterated attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder drug, Quillivant XR, to children.

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Vitamin D Supplementation During Pregnancy Reduced Rates of Asthma, Wheezing in Children

Pharmacy Times

Compared to the standard prenatal vitamin alone, vitamin D supplementation with the prenatal vitamin reduced the risk of asthma and wheezing in children by approximately 50%.

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Do you need antibiotics for strep throat?

The Checkup by Singlecare

Strep throat is one of the most common reasons for a sore throat. About 5% to 15% of sore throats in adults and 20% to 30% of sore throats in kids are caused by a strep infection, which is caused by group A streptococcus bacteria. If you or your child has strep throat, you may rush to the doctor to request an antibiotic—but do you actually need antibiotics to treat strep?

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Novo Nordisk fights back at Lilly with Wegovy combo trial against Zepbound in obesity

Fierce Pharma

In response to an onslaught from Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk is escalating the obesity market battle with a new head-to-head trial against its archrival. | In response to an onslaught from Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk is escalating the obesity market battle with a new head-to-head trial against its archrival.

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STAT+: U.K. approves world’s first CRISPR-based medicine, giving greenlight to therapy for sickle cell, thalassemia

STAT

LONDON — Regulators in the U.K. on Thursday approved a CRISPR-based medicine to treat both sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia, making it the world’s first therapy built on the revolutionary gene-editing technology and ushering in a new phase of genetic medicine.   The authorization of the therapy, from Vertex Pharmaceuticals and CRISPR Therapeutics, is itself not a surprise.

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Prior authorization and other regulatory burdens have increased since last year, practices tell MGMA

Fierce Healthcare

Nine in 10 polled medical practices say their regulatory burden has increased over the past year with prior authorization, audits and appeals, the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) and require | The latest annual poll of practices' regulatory burden outlined prior authorization, audits and appeals, Medicare QPP and other leading pain points that physicians say are weighing down theor staff and ability to deliver care.

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FDA Approves CorMedix Inc’s Treatment for Bloodstream Infections in Patients Receiving Dialysis

PharmExec

Defencath is indicated for the prevention and treatment of catheter-related bloodstream infections in adults with kidney failure administered chronic hemodialysis via a central venous catheter.

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FDA Approves Defencath for Catheter-Related Infections for Those With Kidney Failure

Pharmacy Times

Taurolidine and heparin (Defencath; CorMedix) is indicated to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections for adults with kidney failure who are receiving chronic hemodialysis via central venous catheter

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FDA approves Zepbound for weight loss

The Checkup by Singlecare

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved Zepbound (tirzepatide) for chronic weight management. The injectable medication is a new version of Eli Lilly’s Mounjaro, which is approved by the FDA to control blood sugar in people with Type 2 diabetes. Studies show tirzepatide works as an effective drug for people with obesity or those who are overweight and have other health conditions.

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Pfizer's cost-cutting campaign hits Sandwich site in UK, where 500 workers will lose jobs

Fierce Pharma

Earlier this month, Pfizer’s $3.5 billion cost-cutting campaign crossed overseas to Ireland. Now, just a week later, Pfizer is announcing hundreds more job cuts in the U.K. | Pfizer plans to cut approximately 500 roles and ax its Pharmaceutical Sciences Small Molecule capabilities at its site in Sandwich in Kent in the U.K. The move is a consequence of Pfizer’s enterprisewide cost realignment program, which the drugmaker unveiled in mid-October.

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STAT+: UnitedHealth faces class action lawsuit over algorithmic care denials in Medicare Advantage plans

STAT

A class action lawsuit was filed Tuesday against UnitedHealth Group and a subsidiary alleging that they are illegally using an algorithm to deny rehabilitation care to seriously ill patients, even though the companies know the algorithm has a high error rate. The class action suit, filed on behalf of deceased patients who had a UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plan and their families by the California-based Clarkson Law Firm, follows the publication of a STAT investigation Tuesday.

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Ardent Health struggles to get systems back online as hospitals reopen emergency rooms

Fierce Healthcare

Hospitals across multiple states have reopened their emergency rooms but continue to face disruptions after parent company Ardent Health Services was hit by a ransomware attack a week ago. | Hospitals across multiple states have reopened their emergency rooms but continue to face disruptions after parent company Ardent Health Services was hit by a ransomware attack a week ago.

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Health Canada approves Jazz’s cannabis derived seizure therapy

Pharmaceutical Technology

Epidiolex has been approved as an adjunct therapy for seizures associated with three rare forms of epilepsy in patients aged two and older.

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Prevention, Treatment for Migraine Rapidly Evolves, Calling for Development of Novel Drugs

Pharmacy Times

Zavegepant (Zavzpret; Pfizer) is the first and only only CGRP receptor antagonist as a nasal spray for the acute treatment of migraine in adults with and without aura approved by the FDA.

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Why are my toes numb?

The Checkup by Singlecare

You sit cross-legged for too long, and that familiar feeling of pins and needles starts to creep in after your foot falls asleep. But what about a total loss of feeling, like numbness in the toes? Numb toes can happen for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, numbness in your toes is a temporary issue caused by ill-fitting shoes or spending too long out in the cold.

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Pfizer cuts 200 jobs at COVID drug, vaccine plant in Michigan amid $3.5B savings campaign

Fierce Pharma

Pfizer’s plunging COVID-19 product demand has spurred a companywide cost-cutting campaign, with nearly 200 jobs now on the chopping block in Michigan. | Pfizer is cutting roughly 200 positions at its Kalamazoo site following a review of demand for its COVID-19 vaccine and antiviral Comirnaty and Paxlovid.

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