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Five retail pharmacy trends for 2024

Drug Store News

Labor challenges, the expansion of healthcare services, store-count rationalization and PBM reform are among the front-burner issues in the year ahead.

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Pharmacists Are Transforming and Optimizing HIV Treatment

Pharmacy Times

Regardless of a pharmacist’s practice site or type, they play an integral role in ensuring the treatment success of patients with HIV.

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Who are the 50 most influential leaders in pharmacy?

Drug Store News

The Pharmacy 50 program, launched in 2021 by The Pharmacy Podcast Network, is recognizing individuals that have had a significant impact on the accomplishments of others in pharmacy.

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Pharmacy Focus: Policy Edition - PBM Audits

Pharmacy Times

On this episode, Dae Lee, Pharm.D., Esq., CPBS , and Harini Bupathi, Esq, attorneys at Frier Levitt, engage in a thought-provoking conversation on the evolving landscape of pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) audit strategies, regulations, and enforcement.

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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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Vision for consultant pharmacists by 2030 unveiled by RPS

Hospital Pharmacy Europe

An ‘ambitious and exciting’ vision for consultant pharmacists to be leaders within the profession has been published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). The vision sets out a multifaceted approach under five strategic pillars to help to ensure consultant pharmacists are an integral part of the pharmacy and wider healthcare team in all sectors of the UK by 2030.

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Bipartisan Lawmakers Signal Support for H.R. 1770

Drug Topics

The Equitable Community Access to Pharmacist Services Act seeks to ensure that seniors in rural and underserved communities have access to care and services from pharmacists for common infectious diseases.

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Advise Patients On Five Tips When Consuming Vitamins, Supplements, Energy Drinks

Pharmacy Times

By offering personalized guidance, promoting awareness, and fostering open communication, pharmacists can empower their patients to navigate the new year with a focus on both wellness and safety.

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FDA wants classwide boxed warning on all commercial CAR-T therapies amid secondary cancer safety probe

Fierce Pharma

As many have feared, the FDA’s investigation into secondary T-cell cancers following treatment with existing CAR-T therapies is poised to lead to a classwide black box warning. | As many have feared, the FDA's investigation into secondary T-cell malignancies following treatment with existing CAR-T therapies is poised to lead to a classwide black box warning.

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T2D Remission Through Weight Loss Linked With Lower Rates of Chronic Kidney, Cardiovascular Disease

Drug Topics

A study found that patients with type 2 diabetes who showed evidence of any remission had a 33% lower rate of chronic kidney disease, and a 40% lower rate of the composite cardiovascular disease measure.

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Merck CEO refused to testify in Senate because he’s not an expert in drug pricing, Bernie Sanders says

STAT

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday jabbed the CEO of Merck for telling congressional staff that he didn’t have the expertise to testify at a Senate hearing on prescription drug prices because he’s a tax attorney. Sanders, who has threatened to subpoena the CEOs of Merck and Johnson & Johnson over their refusal to testify at a hearing on why drug prices are higher in the United States than other countries, told reporters the reasons the companies gave ranged fro

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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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FDA Adds Boxed Warning to Denosumab for Increased Risk of Hypocalcemia in Patients With CKD

Pharmacy Times

According to the FDA review, patients with CKD receiving denosumab for osteoporosis who are on dialysis or have CKD-MBD are at the highest risk of severe hypocalcemia.

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Humana's stock tumbles pre-market as it posts $541M loss in Q4

Fierce Healthcare

Humana primed the pump last week for a disappointing fourth quarter call, and its stock again dropped Thursday morning as the company posted a $541 million loss. | Humana primed the pump last week for a disappointing fourth quarter call, and its stock again dropped Thursday morning as the company posted a $541 million loss.

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FDA Requests Black Box Warning for Approved CAR-T Therapies Over Secondary Cancer Concern

Drug Topics

As per US law Section 505(o)(4), the manufacturers are required to make the requested changes, respond with a modified version of the requested changes for review, or respond with a rebuttal within 30 days of the FDA's ask.

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The White House has a pharmacy — and it’s been a mess, a new investigation found

STAT

There’s a pharmacy in the White House — or, at least, there’s a sign that says “Pharmacy,” though the people in charge insist it isn’t one. Whatever they call it, the office has had enough internal complaints to warrant a government watchdog investigation. And its findings were hardly encouraging: – One former pharmacy staff member told investigators that a doctor once asked if the staffer could “hook up” someone with a controlled su

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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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Obstetrical Patient Dies After Inadvertent Administration of Digoxin for Spinal Anesthesia

Pharmacy Times

The ampule of digoxin was accidentally taken from automated dispensing cabinet instead of bupivacaine

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AI can crack open the 'black box' of effective mental health therapy at scale, study finds

Fierce Healthcare

As artificial intelligence advances in different areas of healthcare, there are concerns that technology and AI-based chatbots will replace the human connections between patients and practitioners. | A new study finds promising potential for AI and large language models to enhance mental health therapy at scale by being able to analyze millions of text-based counseling messages to shine a light on what works.

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City of Boston Sues Major PBMs Over Role in Opioid Crisis

Drug Topics

The lawsuit claims several pharmacy benefit managers, including Express Scripts and OptumRx, collaborated with manufacturers in “deceptive” and “dangerous” marketing.

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New chronic Covid study offers insight into which immunocompromised patients are most at risk

STAT

You’ve heard of long Covid, a condition in which the acute infection subsides but troubling symptoms persist. Less well known is chronic Covid: The virus just doesn’t leave, sometimes staying in patients’ bodies long enough to mutate into new variants. This happens to people whose immune systems are compromised, whether through disease or treatment, leaving them vulnerable to infections that last weeks, months, or, in one known case, a year.

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Navigating Challenges in Hepatic Encephalopathy Treatment

Pharmacy Times

Jennifer Marsh, PharmD, BCCCP, discusses the current standard of care for hepatic encephalopathy, highlighting challenges in treatment, prescription drug coverage, transition of care, and outpatient treatment access.

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HHS releases voluntary cybersecurity performance goals to beef up healthcare's digital defenses

Fierce Healthcare

The Department for Health and Human Services (HHS) has published voluntary cybersecurity performance goals tailored for healthcare organizations, the first move in the administration’s

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Oral Simnotrelvir May Shorten Recovery Time of Patients With Mild-to-Moderate COVID-19

Drug Topics

Patients who received oral simnotrelvir recovered up to 1.5 days faster from COVID-19 compared to patients who received a placebo in the new study.

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Abortion funds run short of money as demand soars and donations fall

STAT

The head of the Abortion Fund of Ohio had a sinking feeling as she looked at its end-of-year finances last month. The fund had paid out $1.5 million in 2023 to help close to 4,400 patients get abortions — up from 1,175 the year before — and the pace wasn’t sustainable. If the fund didn’t take a pause for a few weeks, she feared it would run out of money and have to close for good.

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Merck's Keytruda extends life for kidney cancer patients after surgery, while Bristol's Opdivo fails again

Fierce Pharma

Merck’s unique approval for Keytruda as a postsurgical treatment for resectable kidney cancer has gained new backing in the form of data showing the PD-1 inhibitor can extend patients’ lives. | Merck’s unique approval for Keytruda as a postsurgerical treatment for resectable kidney cancer has gained new backing in the form of data showing the PD-1 inhibitor can extend patients’ lives.

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Isaac Health nabs $5.7M seed round to scale up virtual brain health and dementia care

Fierce Healthcare

The U.S. faces a growing shortage of neurologists, creating care "deserts" around the country, forcing patients to wait longer and drive further to receive care. | Digital health company Isaac Health launched in 2022 to provide a virtual brain health and memory clinic platform with the goal of improving access to constrained brain health services.

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Dupilumab Approved by FDA to Treat Eosinophilic Esophagitis in Children Under 12

Drug Topics

Eosinophilic esophagitis is a chronic, progressive disease thought to be responsible for damaging the esophagus, and it can severely impact a child’s ability to eat.

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Why many more people are lining up for a flu shot than a Covid vaccine

STAT

America is over the Covid vaccine. Frantic lineups for scarce doses when Covid vaccines first became available have long since given way to widespread indifference. Each new round of boosters has drawn fewer bared arms than the round before it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that, as of Jan. 6, a mere 21.5% of Americans aged 18 and older and 11% of children have been vaccinated with the latest Covid vaccine.

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Circadian Disruption May Be Significantly Linked to Chronic Kidney Disease

Pharmacy Times

Increased waist circumference and high blood pressure can disrupt circadian rhythm, which can increase risk of progression to poor renal outcomes.

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Experts weigh in on how to tackle growing teen mental health crisis

Fierce Healthcare

To turn the tide around on the growing teen mental health crisis, the U.S. | Social media is cited as one of the drivers of the worsening crisis along with COVID-19, gun violence and the threat of climate change.

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RSV Hospitalization Risk Higher than Flu, Omicron Among Children

Drug Topics

Of the 2596 patients included in the study, the hospitalization rates were 31.5% for Omicron, 27.7% for influenza, and 81.7% for RSV.

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Rollout of a new malaria vaccine kicks off in Africa

STAT

LONDON — Starting Monday, a new, highly effective malaria vaccine will be rolled out for the first time, as an immunization campaign for children kicks off in Cameroon — a day that global health officials say marked a historic step in the decades-long quest to protect people from one of the world’s deadliest infections. The vaccine drive in Cameroon — the first launch of the vaccine outside of clinical trials and pilot programs — comes as some 20 African countr

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Gilead's Trodelvy fails to extend survival in lung cancer study, prompting selloff

Fierce Pharma

Even as Gilead looks to become an oncology powerhouse in the coming years, the company on Monday recorded a major setback for its antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) Trodelvy. | The antibody-drug conjugate did not significantly improve survival outcomes compared with a chemotherapy alone in previously treated patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer.

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Cognoa's FDA-approved autism diagnostic tool now in-network for Highmark members

Fierce Healthcare

Cognoa, maker of the first FDA-approved autism diagnostic tool, announced Highmark has signed on as its first commercial payer partner. | The tool, Canvas Dx, leverages AI to empower doctors to quickly and accurately diagnose developmental risk without bias, the company claims. It is the first FDA-approved autism diagnostic tool.

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Report: Oncology, Immunology Projected to Lead Global Spending From 2024 to 2028

Pharmacy Times

The IQVIA Global Use of Medicines report for 2024 predicts that loss of brand exclusivity will negatively impact global market growth.

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STAT+: Democrats urge government to rein in Medicare Advantage overpayments and denials

STAT

The Biden administration is about to set the ground rules for next year’s Medicare Advantage plans, and two Democratic lawmakers want the government to aggressively change how those insurance plans operate. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) sent a letter Friday to Medicare’s top leader, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, outlining steps they say would drastically reduce the estimated $100 billion in annual overpayments and questionable quality bonuses Medicare

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