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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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Breaking: FDA Approves First-Ever RSV Vaccine

Drug Topics

The vaccine is approved for use in adults aged 60 and older to prevent lower respiratory tract disease caused by RSV.

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Pharmacists Find Marketing Success With Instagram, TikTok

Drug Topics

Pharmacists can reach the members of their community through creative use of social media platforms such as Instagram and TikTok.

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New PhRMA Ad Campaign Sheds Light on PBM Abuses

PhRMA

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) today launched a new ad campaign that continues to shed light on the role of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) in driving up health care costs and denying coverage of lifesaving medicines.

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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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Novavax’s COVID-19 Vaccine Demonstrates Efficacious, Safe Response in Adolescents

Pharmacy Times

Analysis shows that the ratio of neutralizing antibody geometric mean titers in adolescents compared with young adults was 1.5 after vaccination with NVX-CoV2373.

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What explains rare heart condition among young men after Covid vaccines? A new study offers clues

STAT

A new study sheds light on what may be causing very rare cases of heart inflammation in young men after receiving an mRNA Covid vaccine. Early hypotheses as to what was driving the heart inflammation, called myocarditis , included an allergic response to the vaccine, vaccine-induced antibodies, or an autoimmune response in which the immune system attacks the body’s own healthy tissue by mistake.

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Americans want state policymakers to lower out-of-pocket costs

PhRMA

Too many Americans are struggling to access and afford their health care. While policy debates about how to address these issues can seem never ending, American adults largely agree on what state policymakers should be doing to help deliver relief to patients at the pharmacy counter.

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AI, Machine Learning Improve Patient Care, Can Empower Health Care Professionals

Pharmacy Times

There are still significant unresolved issues in artificial intelligence and machine learning, which must be addressed before they can be safely and effectively used more broadly in medicine.

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For Eli Lilly’s head scientist, Alzheimer’s results cap a 25-year scientific quest

STAT

If you flip to the 1,031st page of the May 1998 edition of the Journal of Cell Biology, you’ll find the first scientific byline for Daniel Skovronsky, then a young trainee at the University of Pennsylvania, on an article describing how beta-amyloid, a vexing molecule thought to play a role in Alzheimer’s disease, was more complicated than the field understood.

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How Each COVID-19 Variant Impacts Children Differently

Drug Topics

Though the Omicron variant caused the most symptoms in pediatric patients, there were no differences in adverse outcomes by COVID-19 variant.

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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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ImmunoGen touts 'home run' as ovarian cancer drug Elahere extends lives in landmark trial win

Fierce Pharma

ImmunoGen touts 'home run' as ovarian cancer drug Elahere extends lives in landmark trial win aliu Wed, 05/03/2023 - 14:50

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The Role of the Pharmacy Technician Expands into Pharmacy-Based Community Health Worker

Pharmacy Times

The advent of pharmacy-based community health workers has helped to expand and codify the pre-existing community-based efforts of pharmacy technicians to reach even outside of medication access.

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Opinion: Do masks work? Randomized controlled trials are the worst way to answer the question

STAT

Early in the Covid-19 pandemic, before we had vaccines and effective medical procedures, the only ways to prevent transmission of the virus were behavioral measures like face masks and social distancing. There was (and continues to be) a desperate hunger for definitive studies telling us how well specific measures would work, with specific publics, in specific settings, for specific strains of the novel and changing virus.

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Ghana Becomes First Country to Approve ‘World-Changing’ Malaria Vaccine

Drug Topics

The Ghana Food and Drugs Authority approved R21 for children aged five months to three years.

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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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Astellas Pharma agrees to buy Iveric bio for about $5.9bn

Pharmaceutical Technology

Astellas Pharma has entered into a definitive agreement to buy US-based biopharmaceutical company Iveric bio, in a deal valued at nearly $5.9bn. Under the deal terms, the company, through Astellas US Holding’s wholly owned subsidiary Berry Merger Sub, will acquire all the outstanding Iveric Bio shares for $40.00 in cash for each share. Both the companies’ Boards of Directors have unanimously approved the deal.

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Illegal Online Pharmacies Are Growing, Pose a Significant Problem to US Public Health

Pharmacy Times

Illegal online sellers threaten the health, privacy, and security of patients by failing to comply with the laws of the jurisdiction in which they are located, or the jurisdiction in which they are selling their medicines.

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CDC to cut back on Covid data it collects as public health emergency ends

STAT

The ending of the public health emergency for Covid-19 will force the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to cut back on the data it collects to analyze how much illness the SARS-CoV-2 virus is causing in the future, the CDC announced Friday. But some of the data metrics the CDC will no longer be able to collect are of lesser value now than they were at earlier points in the pandemic, agency officials explained in a press briefing Thursday in advance of Friday’s release of two arti

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Data, Collaboration Can Help Unlock the Full Potential of Value-Based Care

Drug Topics

A unified data ecosystem will provide the foundation for the next generation of patient-care technology.

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A CEO’s quest to solve a 400-year-old medical mystery — and he’s also a patient

PharmaVoice

The CEO of Ventoux Biosciences has the disease that his company is aiming to treat, and it's driving him to find better medications.

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Pharmacists, Nurses Improve Medication Communication, Patient Experience Through Development or Medication Safety Patient Education Program

Pharmacy Times

Given the increasing value of patient satisfaction in determining the quality of care in the hospital reimbursement model, research is flourishing with a focus on identifying the factors that could positively influence patient satisfaction outcomes.

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Opinion: Long waits to see a doctor are a public health crisis

STAT

In 2004, the physician search firm Merritt Hawkins first issued their Survey of Physician Appointment Wait Times. That year, the national average wait to get in to see a new physician was 21 days, an unacceptable amount of time to wait to access care. But that number has only gotten worse. In their 2022 survey , the wait for a new patient appointment increased to an average of 26 days.

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Treatment Landscape Surrounding TRD

Drug Topics

Key opinion leaders illustrate treatment strategies for patients diagnosed with TRD.

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Pharma á la carte – 05/04/2023

The Honest Apothecary

Here I share some of the latest news, articles, editorials, or blog posts that fall generally under the theme of Pharma or healthcare. I might throw in a something off-topic from time to time which I found while wandering throughout the endless hallways and corridors of the internet. All article shared will be free to read and not locked behind an annoying paywall.

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New Therapeutics, Gene Therapies Show Promise in Rett Syndrome

Pharmacy Times

Session at the 2023 Asembia Summit notes that pharmacists play a particularly important role in the large multidisciplinary care team needed for Rett syndrome management.

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STAT+: What to know about the upcoming readout of Eli Lilly’s experimental Alzheimer’s therapy

STAT

Eli Lilly is nearing the readout from a pivotal study of its experimental treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. The approval of a similar medicine earlier this year has wrung risk from the outcome, but for the same reason, expectations for strong results are higher. The Lilly drug, called donanemab, is an antibody that targets accumulated plaques in the brain called amyloid.

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Risk Factors Associated with TRD

Drug Topics

Medical experts discuss the risk factors associated with TRD.

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Why R&D innovation holds the key to greater patient impact

European Pharmaceutical Review

Cancer remains a global threat with around 10 million people dying from the disease each year worldwide, making it the second leading cause of death. 1,2 In the EU, an estimated 2.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer annually and the number is growing. 3 With greater scientific understanding of cancer, the industry has made significant progress in developing innovative medicines to help patients.

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Improved Training Needed for Sexual Health Promotion, HIV Prevention in Individuals With Mental Health Problems

Pharmacy Times

Mental health interventions are a critical part of the global response to HIV, with multiple potential roles for psychiatrists and other mental health professionals.

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STAT+: Sam Waksal and Jeremy Levin plot ‘the turnaround story of the century’

STAT

Over glasses of Chablis at Fleming by Le Bilboquet in Manhattan, two longtime friends and biotech lifers hashed out the deal that will bring their wending and colorful careers back together after three decades. Jeremy Levin, the professorial executive who has become one of the industry’s loudest voices on matters of social justice, is getting back into business with Sam Waksal, a hit-making drug developer with a gift for eloquence and a biography that doubles as biotech’s great unp

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Horizon taps AI provider Solera Health in effort to offer more customized care to members

Fierce Healthcare

Horizon taps AI provider Solera Health in effort to offer more customized care to members fdiamond Thu, 05/04/2023 - 14:16

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J&J's consumer group Kenvue set for $41B IPO, the largest US market debut in more than a year

Fierce Pharma

J&J's consumer group Kenvue set for $41B IPO, the largest US market debut in more than a year esagonowsky Thu, 05/04/2023 - 09:58

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Listen to Patients, Caregivers to Provide Optimal Care in Pediatric Atopic Dermatitis

Pharmacy Times

Pharmacists play key roles in navigating prior authorizations and other limits on utilization, as well as educating and listening to patients and caregivers.

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Study: Ingredient found in salad bowls and burger wrappers less safe than previously thought

STAT

A compostable salad bowl seems like an Earth-friendly way to enjoy a healthy lunch. But the toxic chemicals used in containers like molded-fiber salad bowls, sandwich wrappers, and French fry pouches may be leaching into food despite efforts to make those materials safer, according to the results of a study published in March in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.

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Telehealth providers cheer DEA move to temporarily extend virtual prescribing flexibilities

Fierce Healthcare

Telehealth providers cheer DEA move to temporarily extend virtual prescribing flexibilities hlandi Wed, 05/03/2023 - 15:16

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