May, 2024

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The Positive Impact of Pharmacist Led Research at Mayo Clinic: Enhancing Patient Care and Treatment Opportunities

Pharmacy Times

Jodi Taraba offers valuable insights on the benefits of involving oncology pharmacists in clinical trial research to advance treatment and care for patients with cancer.

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Slideshow: Mental Health Burden of Food Allergy, Nutritional Intervention May Help Children

Drug Topics

Recent research on food allergy highlights the mental health concerns of people living with a food allergy, how nutritional intervention can help children with food allergy, and that peanut introduction can reduce rates of new allergy in high-risk infants.

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NIH documents show how $1.6 billion long Covid initiative has failed so far to meet its goals

STAT

More than three years ago, the National Institutes of Health launched a $1 billion-plus initiative to find the root causes and potential treatments for long Covid , the chronic disease that has quickly changed the lives of millions of Americans. But a lack of visible progress from the initiative, called RECOVER, has drawn months of criticism from patient advocates, researchers, and lawmakers, including at a Senate hearing last week on the NIH’s budget.

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Justice Department 'upping its game' on healthcare antitrust enforcement with new task force

Fierce Healthcare

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday it has established a new task force to take on healthcare monopolies and collusion. | The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday it has established a new task force to take on healthcare monopolies and collusion.

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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 moves to settle more than 10,000 Zantac cases in state courts: Bloomberg

Fierce Pharma

Following the lead of French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, Pfizer has agreed to settle more than 10,000 personal-injury claims from users of heartburn drug Zantac, resolving litigation in several U. | Following the lead of French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, Pfizer has agreed to settle more than 10,000 personal-injury claims from users of heartburn drug Zantac, resolving litigation in several U.S. state courts, according to Bloomberg.

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COVID-19 vaccinations now ‘alarmingly low’ in Europe

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COVID-19 vaccination rates have fallen precipitously in Europe and should be ramped up this autumn so they are at least in line with influenza vaccine uptake.

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Slideshow: The 5 Types of Asthma and Their Common Triggers

Drug Topics

While many people may be unaware of the different types of asthma, there are 5 ways individuals can experience the condition, with common triggers that heighten symptoms.

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A third U.S. farm worker infected with bird flu is the first to experience respiratory symptoms

STAT

A third human case of H5 bird flu tied to the ongoing U.S. outbreak in cattle has been detected in a farm worker in Michigan, state health authorities confirmed on Thursday. The unnamed individual worked on a dairy farm and was in close contact with infected cows, the state health department said in a statement. The farm involved is different from the one where an earlier human case was detected last week.

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Epic releases open-source AI validation tool for health systems

Fierce Healthcare

Epic launched an open-source tool on Wednesday to enable healthcare organizations to test and monitor artificial intelligence models. | Six weeks after announcing it was developing an AI validation software tool for healthcare, Epic has launched the open-source tool on Github to help health systems test and validate AI models.

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Revealed: key files shredded as UK government panic grew over infected blood deaths lawsuit

The Guardian - Pharmaceutical Industry

Lost documents prevented victims from finding out the truth, official inquiry told Disastrous failures that caused the contaminated blood scandal were denied by ministers for decades after officials destroyed, lost and blocked access to key documents, memos submitted to the official inquiry reveal. Several batches of files involving the work of a blood safety advisory committee were shredded as the government faced the threat of legal action, documents show.

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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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Interview: Has Cybin hit the biggest breakthrough in 40 years to treat psychiatric disorders?

Outsourcing Pharma

In an intriguing interview with Cybinâs CEO, Doug Drysdale, OSP senior editor, Liza Laws found out how second-generation psychedelics could be the biggest breakthrough in psychiatry in 40 years.

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Counsel Patients on Nutrition and Following a Balanced Diet Complementary to GLP-1s

Pharmacy Times

The GLP-1 market is expected to exceed $100 billion by 2023, according to J.P. Morgan Research, with total users in the United States projected to reach 30 million.

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Obesity is Common in Individuals with Celiac Disease

Drug Topics

In an abstract presented at Digestive Disease Week 2024, researchers analyzed the prevalence of obesity in patients with and without celiac disease.

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The new menstruation: Girls are getting their periods earlier and less regularly

STAT

Menstruation is a critical indicator of health. Whether and when someone with a uterus gets their period — for the first time, and throughout their life — can reflect not only their reproductive health, but their risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, miscarriage, and premature death. That also makes menstruation a useful measure of population health.

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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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UPMC's layoffs were the start of a McKinsey-guided 'transformation,' documents show

Fierce Healthcare

A wave of employee layoffs that UPMC announced last month was just one part of a broader restructure and operations “transformation” initiative, for which the nonprofit system has tapped management | An internal presentation obtained by Fierce Healthcare outlined April's “tough, but necessary" layoffs as one part of a broader look at the nonprofit system's operations, for which it has partnered with the consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

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Takeda, amid restructuring campaign, plots 641 layoffs at two Massachusetts sites

Fierce Pharma

A recently announced $900 million restructuring drive is already making waves at Takeda, wi | From early July to March 2025, the Japanese drugmaker will cut 495 staffers at its Cambridge location and 146 in Lexington, Massachusetts. Takeda is the largest life sciences employer in the state.

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Short reads, big impact: How genomics is revolutionising cancer research

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Discover how genomics is transforming cancer research through the study of DNA, RNA, and ctDNA. Learn about the latest breakthroughs in the field in this insightful short read.

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Health Care Shortage Calls for Diversifying the Role of Community Pharmacists in Treatment of Minor Ailments

Pharmacy Times

New research study reveals the potential of community pharmacists for minor ailment treatment, allowing for diversified patient care during growing health care shortage.

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AstraZeneca admits Covid-19 vaccine may cause blood clots in “very rare” cases

Pharmaceutical Technology

AstraZeneca has maintained that while the vaccine may, in “very rare” cases, cause TTS, the casual mechanism for this effect remains unknown.

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New evidence supports fear that drinking raw milk containing bird flu viruses may be dangerous

STAT

A new study published Friday provides more evidence of the potential danger of drinking unpasteurized, or raw, milk containing H5N1 avian flu viruses. The work , published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that mice that were fed milk from H5N1-infected cows became very ill.

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The race for healthcare AI models heats up as Google boasts Med-Gemini surpasses GPT-4

Fierce Healthcare

Google and DeepMind released an open access paper on their newest artificial intelligence tools intended for use in hea | Results released by Google on Med-Gemini's performance show that it outperforms existing AI/ML including GPT-4 on over a dozen industry benchmarks.

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At request of AstraZeneca, Europe suspends marketing authorization of COVID vaccine Vaxzevria

Fierce Pharma

Once hailed as a landmark accomplishment for the speed with which it was developed and a shining example of British innovation, the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine has been grounded by the European | Once hailed as a landmark accomplishment and a shining example of British innovation, the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine has been grounded by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

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AZ’s Dato-DXd misses survival endpoint in lung cancer trial

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The overall survival (OS) data has come in from the TROPION-Lung01 study of AstraZeneca and Daiichi Sankyo’s datopotamab deruxtecan (Dato-DXd) in lung cancer – and the result likely isn’t what they were hoping for.

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Elevating Pharmacists, Empowering Pharmacy Technicians: A Symbiotic Journey in Health Care Excellence

Pharmacy Times

As pharmacy practice continues to evolve, it is imperative to recognize the vital contributions of all members of the pharmacy team, including pharmacy technicians.

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From Healing to Harm: The Unintended Consequences of Polypharmacy in Seniors

PharmD Live

Polypharmacy, or the concurrent use of at least five medications, can be essential for individuals with multiple chronic conditions. When medications are prescribed with clear therapeutic objectives, optimized to minimize adverse drug reactions (ADRs), and the patient adheres to the regimen, polypharmacy can be appropriate and beneficial. However, it often becomes excessive and hazardous when medications are unnecessary, fail to meet therapeutic goals, pose a high risk of ADRs, or when the patie

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New data show the HPV vaccine prevents cancer in men, too. Why don’t more people get it?

STAT

You’d think if there were a vaccine that would prevent tens of thousands of cases of cancer a year, people would want it for themselves and for their kids. But new data being released Thursday ahead of the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology show that just isn’t the case.

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Report: The generative AI roadmap, its hurdles and strategies to mitigate

Fierce Healthcare

The panel that worked on the report was made up of Big Tech players like Amazon, Google and Microsoft, as well as leaders such as Harvard Medical School, the Leapfrog Group and Kaiser Permanente.

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BioNTech, flush with $145M from CEPI, looks to expand mRNA vaccine production in Africa

Fierce Pharma

As various efforts to produce next-generation vaccines in Africa are being carried forward by the likes of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, BioNTech | Under an expansion of the partners’ existing deal, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) is committing up to $145 million to bolster BioNTech’s efforts to establish vaccine R&D and manufacturing capabilities at the German company’s facility in Kigali, Rwanda.

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Takeda wagers up to $2.2bn on AC Immune Alzheimer’s shot

pharmaphorum

Takeda has made a strong play for a stake in the Alzheimer’s disease market, paying $100 million upfront for an option on AC Immune’s amyloid-targeting immunotherapy. The option fee could be followed by another up to $2.1 billion in potential milestones if Takeda takes global rights to the programme, currently headed by ACI-24.060 which is in a phase 1b/2 trial with new data due in the next few weeks.

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Program Highlights Opportunities for Community Pharmacies to Deliver Screening, Education, and Referral Interventions

Pharmacy Times

Aligning community pharmacy interventions with top-down findings, payers’ population health priorities, and identified unmet needs can help develop a sustainable pathway.

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Final report says UK infected blood scandal “should have been avoided”  

Pharmaceutical Technology

Nearly 30,000 people, including children in clinical trials, were infected with hepatitis C and HIV from contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Michigan reports a human case of bird flu, the nation’s second linked to H5N1 outbreak in dairy cows

STAT

A second human case of bird flu infection linked to the current H5N1 outbreak in dairy cows has been detected, in a farm worker who had exposure to infected cows, Michigan state health authorities announced on Wednesday. In a statement , health officials said the individual had mild symptoms and has recovered. Evidence to date suggests this is a sporadic infection, with no signs of ongoing spread, the statement said.

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Ascension reports systems, clinical operations disrupted amid apparent 'cybersecurity event'

Fierce Healthcare

Ascension disclosed Wednesday that it has detected “unusual activity” on some of its technology networks that it believes “is due to a cybersecurity event.” | The Catholic health giant said it detected "unusual activity" Wednesday and "immediately" activated remediation processes, including hiring a third-party cybersecurity firm.

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House's updated biosecurity bill sets 2032 decoupling deadline for industry's work with WuXi AppTec

Fierce Pharma

Right after an industry survey suggested that switching away from Chinese CDMOs could take biopharma companies up to eight years, lawmakers have adjusted the BIOSECURE Act. | Right after an industry survey suggested that switching away from Chinese CDMOs could take biopharma companies up to eight years, lawmakers have adjusted the BIOSECURE Act. The new draft lays out a 2032 deadline for the separation mandate.

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