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Health System Specialty Pharmacies' Role in Cost Reduction

Drug Topics

From medication adherence to patient counseling, clinical pharmacists at health system specialty pharmacies can play a role in reducing health care costs.

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Expert: Pharmacists Have Vital Role in Multiple Myeloma Treatment

Pharmacy Times

The vice president of pharmacy operations at American Oncology Network says that pharmacists can contribute by educating patients and offering resources for support and treatment adherence.

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CDC’s top flu scientist says the risk to the public from H5N1 is low, but she isn’t sleeping well. Here’s why

STAT

Vivien Dugan isn’t getting much sleep these days. The director of the influenza division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dugan is leading the team of CDC scientists that is working with partners — in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and state and local health departments — to respond to the H5N1 bird flu outbreak in dairy cattle.

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Walmart shuttering all 51 health centers, citing lack of profitability

Fierce Healthcare

This is a developing story and will be updated with more information. | Walmart is shuttering all 51 health centers along with its virtual care services, the retail giant announced Tuesday morning.

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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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CGM Use Linked to Improved Diabetic Retinopathy Outcomes in T1D

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The current study highlights the potential benefit of incorporating continuous glucose monitor (CGM) data into eye care assessments for patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D).

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Recreational Cannabis Legalization Associated with Decreases in Alcohol, E-Cigarette Use

Pharmacy Times

Retail sales were associated with lower e-cigarette use, although recreational legalization also increased the frequency of cannabis use among adolescents.

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Hospitals no longer required to report COVID-19 data to CDC

Fierce Healthcare

Hospitals are off the hook for data reporting requirements that have been in place since the early COVID-19 pandemic. | Hospitals were required to share COVID-19 admissions, ICU capacity and other related data on a daily basis during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, then the reporting frequency shifted. The CDC said it still encourages hospitals to report their data on a "voluntary" basis and will soon begin displaying those data online.

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High-Fat Diet Associated with Poor Sleep Quality in Patients with T1D

Drug Topics

Researchers addressed the association of sleep quality and dietary intakes for patients with type 1 diabetes who use insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring.

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FDA Accepts Supplemental New Drug Application for Tapinarof Cream, 1%, in Atopic Dermatitis

Pharmacy Times

The acceptance is based on positive data from the phase 3 ADORING 1 and ADORING 2 pivotal trials, as well as interim results from the phase 3 ADORING 3 open-label, long-term extension trial.

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Scientists spot an orangutan using a plant to treat his own wound in the wild

STAT

When male Sumatran orangutans let out a long call, they’re usually trying to grab female attention. But the sounds — a booming blend of roars and grunts — can end up attracting unwanted attention from other males, too. Things can get tense. Which is likely how Rakus, an adult male orangutan frequently seen in Gunung Leuser National Park in South Aceh, Indonesia, acquired a face wound in June 2022.

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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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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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FDA Approves Second Formulation of Humira Biosimilar Cyltezo

Drug Topics

According to Michael Osso, president and chief executive officer of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, “the flexibility of having multiple biosimilar formulations to choose from is important to support broader patient access to biologic medicine.

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Identifying Food Allergies vs Food Intolerances: Pharmacists Can Play a Critical Role in Education

Pharmacy Times

Pharmacists can help patients distinguish between food allergies and intolerances, as well as facilitate access to life-saving medications and preventative care.

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Pasteurization inactivates H5N1 bird flu in milk, new FDA and academic studies confirm

STAT

Extensive testing of pasteurized commercially purchased milk and other dairy products from 38 states has found no evidence of live H5N1 bird flu virus, Food and Drug Administration officials said at a press briefing Wednesday. The results confirmed findings of earlier testing of a more limited number of samples and add weight to the FDA’s conclusion that pasteurized milk products are safe for consumption despite a widespread outbreak of cows infected with H5N1.

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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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'Too big to fail': Consolidation concerns loom over hearing on Change Healthcare cyberattack

Fierce Healthcare

The scale of UnitedHealth Group's sprawling empire was under the microscope on Wednesday as CEO Andrew Witty testified before a key Senate panel about the cyberattack on Change Healthcare that's ha | The scale of UnitedHealth Group's sprawling empire was under the microscope on Wednesday as CEO Andrew Witty testified before a key Senate panel about the cyberattack on Change Healthcare that's had ripple effects across healthcare.

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Health System Specialty Pharmacists Elevate Care Across Clinical Spaces

Drug Topics

The expertise of health system specialty pharmacists, combined with better adherence and better affordability, leads to better patient outcomes.

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FDA Grants Full Approval to Tisotumab Vedotin-tftv for Recurrent, Metastatic Cervical Cancer

Pharmacy Times

Tisotumab vedotin-tftv is the first antibody-drug conjugate to demonstrate positive overall survival data in patients with previously treated recurrent or metastatic cancer.

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After private equity firms gobbled up wheelchair makers, users pay the price in long repair times

STAT

When Maureen Amirault purchased her first electric wheelchair in 2020, she had been living with muscular dystrophy for decades. Braces and a cane helped, but walking became too arduous, so she got a chair through a company called Numotion. The first few months were great. The headrest fell off, but Numotion fixed it in a matter of days.

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CVS scoops up tech-enabled Medicare Advantage broker Hella Health

Fierce Healthcare

CVS has quietly acquired Hella Health, a startup Medicare Advantage broker based in New York City, according to a post on LinkedIn. | CVS has quietly acquired Hella Health, a startup Medicare Advantage broker based in New York City, according to a post on LinkedIn.

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Pharmacogenetic Testing Recommendations Needed in Clinical Guidelines to Increase Consistency

Drug Topics

A review found that many guidelines that recommended pharmacogenetic testing were inconsistent between clinical associations.

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FDA Grants Fast Track Designation to Eneboparatide for Treatment of Patients With Hypoparathyroidism

Pharmacy Times

Currently, the treatment is being evaluated in the phase 3 CALYPSO study to further prove the safety and efficacy in patients with hypoparathyroidism.

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What we’re starting to learn about H5N1 in cows, and the risk to people

STAT

The H5N1 bird flu virus has been around for decades, and the damage it wreaks on chickens and other poultry is well documented. But the recent discovery that the virus has jumped into dairy cattle — whose udders seem to be where the virus either infects or migrates to — has dumbfounded scientists and agricultural authorities. Questions for which there are pretty clear answers when it comes to birds are suddenly unsettled science in cows.

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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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Weekend ICYMI: April 22 to April 26

Drug Topics

In case you missed it, this week we had news about bird flu, remote continuous glucose monitoring, new atrial fibrillation care initiatives, and more.

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Managing Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Diagnosis, Classification, and Treatment Strategies

Pharmacy Times

At Asembia's AXS24 Summit, a clinician discusses the pathophysiology and classification of pulmonary arterial hypertension.

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There’s never a good time to drink raw milk. But now’s a really bad time as bird flu infects cows

STAT

Scientists who know about the types of pathogens — E. coli and Salmonella among them — that can be transmitted in raw milk generally think drinking unpasteurized milk is a bad idea. But right now, they believe, the danger associated with raw milk may have gone to a whole new level. “If I were in charge, for the moment I would forbid the selling of raw milk,” said Thijs Kuiken, a pathologist in the department of viroscience at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam,

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Walgreens inks deal with Boehringer Ingelheim to advance clinical trials for obesity treatment

Fierce Healthcare

Retail pharmacy giant Walgreens inked another partnership to recruit participants for research as it continues to build out its clinical trials business. | Walgreens has signed more than 35 clinical trial contracts with drugmakers including Freenome and Prothena. The aim is to optimize recruitment and make clinical trials more accessible, inclusive and equitable, the companies said.

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The Pipeline Is Full of Expensive, Innovative Therapies

Drug Topics

Paying for these new therapies, that may be curative for patients, remains a challenge.

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FDA Approves Fidanacogene Elaparvovec-dzkt as One-Time Gene Therapy for Adults With Hemophilia B

Pharmacy Times

The 1-time treatment may be a better alternative for patients who don’t want to undergo frequent doses of standard of care intravenous factor IX infusions.

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Opinion: Medical students lose in the research arms race for residency slots

STAT

“Going to medical Spanish class really isn’t worth my time. I’d rather use the time to do research,” one of my classmates told me during the first week of my first year of medical school. Such a comment was my introduction to the publish-or-perish environment that is increasingly pervasive amongst medical students. Before then, I had known publish-or-perish as something for those seeking tenure at universities.

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Hospitals' patient experience, preventable infection improving after pandemic struggles, Leapfrog finds

Fierce Healthcare

The latest batch of Hospital Safety Grades from independent watchdog The Leapfrog Group suggest that patients’ care experiences, which deteriorated during and since the pandemic, may finally be tur | New data from the watchdog reflecting CMS-reported patient safety measures show that hospitals are, on average, working their way back from patient experience and hospital-acquired infection scores that plummeted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Expert: Education of Providers, Patients Key to Biosimilar Uptake

Drug Topics

Savings associated with biosimilar uptake are projected to reach $181 billion through 2027.

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Health System Specialty Pharmacies Impact Medication Adherence, Total Cost of Care

Pharmacy Times

HSSPs improve medication adherence and reduce total health care costs by directly managing medications for complex chronic conditions like cancer, diabetes, COPD and CHF.

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With younger women getting breast cancer, national panel lowers mammogram screening age to 40

STAT

A national advisory panel significantly lowered the age recommendations for screening mammography on Tuesday, saying that all women should start breast cancer screening at age 40, rather than 50, and continue every other year until age 74. The previous recommendations from the panel, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, suggested that women make an individual choice on getting mammography from ages 40 to 49.

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