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Walgreens to Start Selling its Own OTC Naloxone Nasal Spray

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The company’s version of the opioid overdose medication will be $10 cheaper than branded products and is set to be available in stores later this month.

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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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The only tribal medical school in the U.S. graduates its first Native American doctors

STAT

There are so few Indigenous physicians in the United States — just 0.3% of doctors — that their numbers barely show up in charts and graphs depicting the diversity of the medical workforce. But as of Thursday, there will be at least nine more. Thursday is graduation day for the first class of the nation’s only tribally affiliated medical school, the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation.

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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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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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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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Collaboration Is Key When Implementing SDOH Screening Programs

Pharmacy Times

Properly training staff and gaining stakeholder buy-in are crucial steps to successfully designing and launching a program to screen and address health-related social needs.

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Uber Health to roll out new caregiving solution to simplify benefits, logistics for families

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NEW YORK CITY—Uber Health will begin rolling out a new solution designed for caregivers this summer, the company announced at its annual product event Wednesday. | Uber Caregiver will allow care-receivers to add a caregiver to their Uber profile so they can see and spend their health benefits on eligible services, request rides to doctor’s appointments or order groceries.

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Sunscreen Safety: What Every Pharmacist Needs to Know

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Warm weather means one thing: People are eager to be outdoors. Although sun protection is paramount, sunscreen options can be daunting. How can pharmacists help?

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FDA Ensures Safety and Effectiveness of Laboratory Developed Tests

Pharmacy Times

Under the modification to the Food, Drug, & Cosmetics Act, individuals and health care providers can hopefully have more confidence in in vitro diagnostic devices.

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In military medicine, study shows rank and race affect care

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Higher ranking military officers receive more resources and better care than low ranking military officers, according to an analysis of 1.5 million military ER visits published Thursday in the journal Science. The study also showed that white physicians expended less effort on Black patients, even when rank was taken into account: Higher ranking Black officers received care from white physicians that was similar to that received by lower ranking white officers.

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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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CVS warns it could lose up to 10% of its members next year

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Facing the wrath of upset investors following its first quarter earnings, CVS Health has promised to value margins over members going forward. | CVS Health is reassessing its Medicare Advantage business and weighing the possibility of exiting certain markets as it looks to get its margins under control.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose Beneficial to Immunocompromised Patients

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A recent study found that, of 423 participants who were initially low responders, 90% increased their antibody concentrations to more than 400 AU/mL.

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Pharmacy Influencers Share How to Balance Passions and Career

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Three influencers from around the world showcase the passions they pursue outside the pharmacy industry.

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USDA, FDA turf battles hamper responses to outbreaks like H5N1 bird flu

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WASHINGTON — On a bright June day in 2018, one of the nation’s top regulators waved groceries in the air, quizzing the secretary of agriculture on which agency is charged with monitoring different types of food. Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration at the time, grinned widely as he held liquid egg whites and a carton of eggs.

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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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Senators Whitehouse, Cassidy propose bipartisan primary care payment reform, seek industry feedback

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U.S. | Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Bill Cassidy want to reform how primary care providers get paid through Medicare, and they also want to hear from the healthcare industry about the best way to do it.

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Q&A: How Coffee Helped This Pharmacy Improve Front-End Sales

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Chris Schaffner, owner of Schaffner Pharmacy and Apothecary Coffee in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, sat down with Drug Topics to discuss his joint business venture.

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Study: Contact With Children Causes Transmission of Pneumococcal Disease Among Older Adults

Pharmacy Times

The prevalence of transmission was higher for those who had contact with children aged less than 5 years and aged 5 to 9 years compared with children aged older than 10.

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CDC launching wastewater dashboard to track bird flu virus spread

STAT

Reluctance among dairy farmers to report H5N1 bird flu outbreaks within their herds or allow testing of their workers has made it difficult to keep up with the virus’s rapid spread , prompting federal public health officials to look to wastewater to help fill in the gaps. On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to unveil a public dashboard tracking influenza A viruses in sewage that the agency has been collecting from 600 wastewater treatment sites around the

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RAND: Hospitals charged insurers 254% more than Medicare rates in 2022

Fierce Healthcare

The gap between insurance plans and Medicare's payments to hospitals for inpatient and outpatient services widened over the course of just a couple of years, a new study from RAND Corporation | A new report from RAND Corporation highlighted just how much more employers and private insurers are paying hospitals for inpatient and outpatient services.

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FDA Approves Tarlatamab-dlle for Extensive-Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer

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Amgen’s Tarlatamab-dlle (Imdelltra) is the first and only approved DLL3-targeting bispecific T-cell engager therapy for the aggressive form of lung cancer.

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SDOH Framework Highlights Role of Health System Specialty Pharmacists

Pharmacy Times

Future potential directions include measuring the impact of clinical pharmacist interventions on referral utility, disease-specific clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, medication adherence, and absenteeism.

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Opinion: As childhood asthma worsens, insurers restrict access to an essential medication

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As pediatricians who take care of children in the inpatient, emergency, and primary care settings, we are alarmed by the recent trend of families having to go without basic medications to control their child’s asthma. At least seven children have died due to uncontrolled asthma this year in the Philadelphia region, a dramatic increase from prior years.

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Mental health inequities will cost U.S. $478B in 'unnecessary' expenses in 2024

Fierce Healthcare

Inequities in mental health across the U.S. | ED overutilization, exacerbated comorbidities and lost productivity will drive trillions in "avoidable and unnecessary expenses" should inequities in mental health access and outcomes remain unchecked.

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In Frankfurt, Pharmacy Takes a Different Approach

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In Germany, data live in the cloud, patients can fill prescriptions at any pharmacy, and the wholesale price of semaglutide (Ozempic) is a fraction of the cost.

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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

Pharmacy Times

Hepatitis Awareness Month is designed to raise awareness of viral hepatitis and promote testing and vaccination while decreasing the stigma against the virus.

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STAT+: CVS is willing to dump 10% of its Medicare Advantage members next year

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CVS Health is preparing to make significant changes to its 2025 Medicare Advantage plans, which could potentially drive away 10% of its membership, the company’s chief financial officer said at an investment banking conference Tuesday. “The goal for next year is margin over membership,” CVS CFO Tom Cowhey said at the conference, hosted by Bank of America.

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

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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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Reviewing Efficacy, Safety of Weight Loss Therapies in T1D

Drug Topics

Different weight loss therapies provide a wide range of benefits to patients with T1D—but they have some potential adverse effects.

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Pharmacists Need Additional Training to Combat Corticophobia for Patients With Atopic Dermatitis

Pharmacy Times

Corticophobia is defined as a phobia of topical corticosteroids due to negative feelings or beliefs, which can come from misinformation about the long-term effects.

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STAT+: Data integrity watchdogs call for stronger safeguards in scientific journals

STAT

SAN FRANCISCO — According to Elisabeth Bik, a scientific watchdog who has discovered thousands of errors in scientific papers, the problem of fraud, errors, or data mishandling in the scientific literature seems to be getting worse. In the last couple of years, Bik’s been seeing an influx of AI-generated papers in the scientific record that are “nonsensical and clearly low quality.

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Transcarent unveils new gen AI-enabled platform WayFinding

Fierce Healthcare

Earlier this month, Transcarent teased that it was betting big on artificial intelligence as it banked a $126 million funding round. | Earlier this month, Transcarent teased that it was betting big on artificial intelligence as it banked a $126 million funding round. Now, it's unveiling WayFinding, a new platform that leans on generative AI to connect members with benefits navigation, clinical guidance and care delivery services all in one place.

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FDA Approves Updated Label for Altuviiio for Effective Bleed Protection in Children Younger than 12 Years

Drug Topics

Altuviiio was first granted approval by the FDA in February 2023.

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Positive Data of Coartem for Malaria in Infants Weighing Less Than 5 kg

Pharmacy Times

The data were previously presented at the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria 8th Pan-African Malaria Conference and have been submitted for regulatory review.

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Animal studies lend support to an innovative HIV vaccine strategy — but there’s still a long way to go

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HIV has long stumped immunologists looking to develop an effective vaccine. All of the most promising approaches pioneered in the past three and a half decades have ultimately failed, and only a few months ago, the last trial expected to potentially deliver a vaccine within this decade was shut down. But HIV scientists are nothing if not resilient, and used to trying one new approach after another.

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