April, 2023

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Advice For New Pharmacists: Lessons Form The Front Lines

IDStewardship

In this article advice for new pharmacists is provided by a pharmacist with 15 years of experience and answers are sourced from commentary on Twitter as well. Composed By: Timothy P. Gauthier, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCIDP Article Posted 1 May 2023 Recently while attending the American Pharmacist Association’s annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ I walked by a grown man at a breakfast bar wearing a head-to-toe onesie patterned with Dunkin’ Doughnuts (DD) logos.

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In heavyweight obesity fight, Eli Lilly launches Mounjaro head-to-head trial against Novo Nordisk's Wegovy

Fierce Pharma

In heavyweight obesity fight, Eli Lilly launches Mounjaro head-to-head trial against Novo Nordisk's Wegovy aliu Fri, 04/21/2023 - 22:35

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Tired of ‘dead end’ approach, herpes patients mobilize to demand government action

STAT

A medical student spoke emotionally about grappling with a diagnosis his classes told him little about. A young queer man took one test, got a different result on the next, and is now saving up the money needed for the most advanced diagnostics, which insurers rarely cover. A young woman tested positive, got little guidance from her doctor and found information on government sites that she interpreted as pushing abstinence.

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Study: Pandemic Shows Link to Increased Exposure of Opioids to Postpartum Women

Pharmacy Times

Analysis indicates that there was a larger increase of filled prescriptions for individuals who delivered by cesarean birth.

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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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Xiromed intros generic Depo-Testosterone

Drug Store News

Testosterone cypionate injection is indicated for replacement therapy in males with conditions associated with symptoms of deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone.

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VA pauses $16B Oracle Cerner EHR deployments indefinitely to address error-ridden early rollout

Fierce Healthcare

VA pauses $16B Oracle Cerner EHR deployments indefinitely to address error-ridden early rollout dmuoio Fri, 04/21/2023 - 11:36

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Goodbye, original COVID-19 vaccines: FDA updates shot guidance, pulls monovalent authorizations

Fierce Pharma

Goodbye, original COVID-19 vaccines: FDA updates shot guidance, pulls monovalent authorizations zbecker Wed, 04/19/2023 - 11:04

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In counties with more Black doctors, Black people live longer, ‘astonishing’ study finds

STAT

Black people in counties with more Black primary care physicians live longer, according to a new national analysis that provides the strongest evidence yet that increasing the diversity of the medical workforce may be key to ending deeply entrenched racial health disparities. The study , published Friday in JAMA Network Open, is the first to link a higher prevalence of Black doctors to longer life expectancy and lower mortality in Black populations.

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Study Shows Psilocybin Therapy Improves Major Depressive Disorder in Patients With Cancer

Pharmacy Times

Based on the study results, investigators concluded that there is justification for a randomized clinical trial.

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FDA declines Eli Lilly’s bowel disease drug over manufacturing issues

Pharmafile

Pharma giant Eli Lilly’s Biologic Licence Application (BLA) for its bowel disease drug has been declined by the FDA over concerns about the proposed manufacturing of the drug. However, concerns weren’t expressed over the clinical data package, safety or label for the medicine. Mirikizumab was hoped to become a new drug treatment for ulcerative colitis (UC), a condition where abnormal reactions in the immune system cause inflammation in the inner lining of the colon.

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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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HIMSS23: Epic analytics leader details efforts to bring GPT-4 into healthcare and growing work in genomics, life sciences

Fierce Healthcare

HIMSS23: Epic analytics leader details efforts to bring GPT-4 into healthcare and growing work in genomics, life sciences hlandi Thu, 04/20/2023 - 08:09

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Breathing easy: How digital inhalers are changing asthma treatment

Pharmaceutical Technology

AstraZeneca , Teva Pharmaceuticals , and Novartis , and other companies, are expanding their reach in the asthma space by capitalizing on digital technologies to enhance the patient experience. But experts say the complete integration of these devices and platforms into the healthcare system remains to be seen. Dr. Amy Chan, senior clinical research fellow at the School of Pharmacy, University of Auckland, says digital inhalers have existed for almost 30 years.

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After Johnson & Johnson loses again in bankruptcy case, it's game on for talc lawsuits

Fierce Pharma

After Johnson & Johnson loses again in bankruptcy case, it's game on for talc lawsuits kdunleavy Mon, 04/03/2023 - 06:44

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Demand for home health aides is soaring. So why are they still so undervalued?

STAT

On most days around 2pm, home health aide Duane Crichlow can be found in an apartment in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, playing catch with his client — a man in his 30s with a developmental disability who is quick to give Crichlow hugs and kisses. If it’s nice outside, Crichlow will walk his client, who is nonverbal and in a wheelchair half the time, down three flights of stairs, hauling the wheelchair back and forth separately.

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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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Limitations on Reproductive Rights Makes Agonizing Decisions Even Harder for Pregnant Women With Cancer

Pharmacy Times

Even before the Dobbs ruling overturned country-wide reproductive rights, the oncology field was already facing a dearth of maternal care access challenges.

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Psychedelic medicines: are they gaining traction in Europe?

European Pharmaceutical Review

Psychedelics are a class of psychoactive substances that produce temporary changes in perception, mood and cognitive processes. 1 Some psychedelics are found in nature, including psilocybin, a naturally occurring molecule found in almost 150 species of mushrooms which turns into psilocin once ingested, causing psychedelic effects. Other psychedelics are man-made, such as lysergic diethylamide (LSD), which was first synthesised in 1938 by Albert Hofmann at a laboratory in Switzerland. 2 LSD is wi

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New AI-driven long COVID app coming soon to individual, enterprise customers

Fierce Healthcare

New AI-driven long COVID app coming soon to individual, enterprise customers agliadkovskaya Wed, 04/26/2023 - 14:04

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Ghana becomes first country to approve Oxford’s malaria vaccine

Pharmaceutical Technology

Ghana’s Food and Drug Authority (FDA) has approved R21/Matrix-M malaria vaccine in children aged 5 to 36 months, marking the first regulatory clearance for the University of Oxford-developed vaccine in any country in the world. Serum Institute of India (SIIPL), manufacturer and licence holder of the vaccine, has been notified of the registration by Ghana’s FDA.

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Show 1339: Harnessing the Power of the Vagus Nerve

The People's Pharmacy

We have multiple nervous systems. You are probably aware of the nerves that help move your arms to throw a ball or move your legs to jump. No doubt you also know about the fight-or-flight response triggered by a fright. The oddly named sympathetic nervous system is in charge of that. Many of us don’t pay much attention to the parasympathetic nervous system.

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Q&A: Chronicling the failures of the U.S. response to Covid

STAT

A new book on the U.S. response to the Covid-19 pandemic paints a picture of a country ill-prepared to cope with a dangerous biological foe, riven by partisan politics, and led by people who saw little political gain in taking ownership of managing the crisis. It also describes a country that remains ill-equipped to battle the next pandemic or major disease threat, though it lays out changes that could strengthen the country’s position.

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Aflibercept Shows Promising Results for Treatment of wAMD, DME, Diabetic Retinopathy

Pharmacy Times

Data from the aflibercept 8 mg clinical trial program will be presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2023 Annual Meeting, April 23 to 27.

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Eli Lilly's weight-loss drug passes 2nd trial with flying colors, setting up likely approval

Fierce Pharma

Eli Lilly's weight-loss drug passes 2nd trial with flying colors, setting up likely approval aliu Wed, 04/26/2023 - 22:30

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Home care industry touts bipartisan bill to expand Medicare in-home benefits, reimbursement

Fierce Healthcare

Home care industry touts bipartisan bill to expand Medicare in-home benefits, reimbursement dmuoio Mon, 04/24/2023 - 14:08

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Dyadic expands Covid-19 licence with Rubic to bolster vaccine production in Africa

Pharmaceutical Technology

Dyadic International has announced expansion of a licence agreement for its C1-cell protein expression platform with South African consortium Rubic One Health. The expanded licence will include the development of vaccines and therapeutic proteins beyond Covid-19 for human and animal health markets in Africa. During the Covid-19 pandemic, vaccination rates of many countries in Africa were significantly trailing the rest of the world.

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Taking healing into your own hands

Drug Store News

The origin story of Element Apothec is like many other entrepreneurial endeavors, a product was developed and created because items available on the market didn’t meet the need.

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Hospitals pledge to protect patient privacy. Almost all their websites leak visitor data like a sieve

STAT

Every hospital in America promises to protect the privacy of its patients and the details of their medical care. And almost every one of them uses sophisticated data tools to track and share the personal information of visitors as soon as they start clicking on their websites. A new study found that 99% of U.S. hospitals employed online data trackers in 2021 that transmitted visitors’ information to a broad network of outside parties, including major technology companies, data brokers, an

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DEA’s Proposed Rules on Controlled Substances Prescribing via Telemedicine and Their Uncertain Impact on the Pharmacy Community

Pharmacy Times

Proposed rules would permit a telehealth provider to prescribe only up to a 30-day supply of a Schedule III-V non-narcotic controlled substance or buprenorphine through telehealth without the patient first being evaluated in person by a provider.

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'The Top Line': How Pfizer became the first in Big Pharma history to break $100B in sales, plus this week's headlines

Fierce Pharma

'The Top Line': How Pfizer became the first in Big Pharma history to break $100B in sales, plus this week's headlines tcarey Thu, 04/20/2023 - 14:46

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Kaiser Permanente to acquire Geisinger Health in bid to launch multi-system VBC platform

Fierce Healthcare

Kaiser Permanente to acquire Geisinger Health in bid to launch multi-system VBC platform dmuoio Wed, 04/26/2023 - 12:49

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Latest WHO Covid-19 vaccine guidance may decrease future demand

Pharmaceutical Technology

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revised its recommendations regarding the use of Covid-19 vaccines following a meeting of the agency’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation (SAGE). The latest guidance applies to the current phase of the pandemic and reflects the impact of the Omicron variant, which has led to high levels of immunity in all age groups through both vaccination efforts and infections across the globe.

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FDA approves allogeneic stem cell transplant therapy

European Pharmaceutical Review

“The approval of Omisirge is a significant development in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation” Omisirge ® (omidubicel-onlv), now US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved , is the first allogeneic stem cell transplant therapy to be given marketing authorisation based on results from a global, randomised Phase III clinical study. The treatment is indicated for patients 12 years and older with hematologic malignancies planned for umbilical cord blood transplantation, following myeloablati

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Opinion: Why involuntary treatment for addiction is a dangerous idea

STAT

As the overdose crisis rages on and the pandemic-fatigued public runs low on empathy, there have been increasing calls for expanded involuntary commitment for people with substance use disorder. Some of the advocacy for more coercive treatment seems rooted in a disdain for people who use drugs, most especially when their drug use occurs visibly and in close geographic proximity to affluence, for example in San Francisco or in the Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass area of Boston which borders

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Despite Lack of Consensus on Definition and Regulations, Digital Therapeutics Are Becoming General Medical Practice

Pharmacy Times

The market for digital therapeutics products is expected to grow given increasing global access to smart technologies, their cost-effectiveness, and the need for patient-specific treatments.

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Letter 4: The Heart of a Manager

The Honest Apothecary

My Dear Nephew Simon, So great to hear from you again. I’m glad that you found some of the practical advice in the last letter to be helpful. Don’t be too discouraged by the negative cultures being created by other managers in different departments. Focus on your team for now. In time we will talk about how you expand your influence with other stakeholders around the organization.

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