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Holding pharmacy benefit managers accountable

PhRMA

State legislative sessions across the country are in full swing, and many state officials have made lowering the cost of medicine for patients a top priority. If policymakers are serious about addressing high out-of-pocket costs for patients, they should start by taking steps to finally hold pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) accountable.

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Patients With Diabetes Taking Pioglitazone Less Likely to Develop Dementia

Drug Topics

Not only were people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes less likely to develop dementia if they took pioglitazone, but the benefit was stronger among patients with a history of ischemic heart disease or stroke.

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STAT+: How a depression test devised by a Zoloft marketer became a crutch for a failing mental health system

STAT

A bedrock of the U.S. mental health system — a nine-item questionnaire used to spot depression — began not with a doctor, but with a marketing man. Howard Kroplick, now 73 years old and living on Long Island, is obsessed with antique racing cars and, in his storied career in the pharmaceutical industry, crucially urged Pfizer to avoid the word “impotence” when promoting Viagra.

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First successful CAR-T treatment for muscle inflammation

European Pharmaceutical Review

University Hospital Erlangen in Germany is the first in the world to use chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cells to successfully treat a patient suffering from a severe case of muscle inflammation (myositis). The researchers noted that risk of developing a very severe form of the autoimmune inflammatory disease is high. The patient who received the CAR T treatment was diagnosed with anti-synthetase syndrome.

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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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What they are saying: Nonprofit hospitals are gaming the system at the expense of patients

PhRMA

There have been some alarming stories uncovered by the media on ways nonprofit hospitals — many of which participate in the 340B drug pricing program — are taking advantage of the system and their tax-exempt status to boost their bottom lines, at the expense of patients.

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Recommendations Differ Between WHO and CDC for HPV Vaccine Schedules

Drug Topics

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the CDC recommend different doses when it comes to vaccine protection against the human papillomavirus (HPV).

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Medicinal cannabis: the route to good manufacturing practice registration

European Pharmaceutical Review

The UK medicinal cannabis sector has witnessed important regulatory advances in recent years. After the substance became legal in the UK in 2018, pharmaceutical companies have faced numerous obstacles to attain a fairer position in the industry. Crucially, January 2023 marked a key moment: the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) granted Celadon Pharmaceuticals the first good manufacturing practice (GMP) registration since legalisation in 2018 for high Δ9-tetrahydrocannabin

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PhRMA submits comments to USPTO highlighting important role of patent system in medicine development

PhRMA

PhRMA responded to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) request for comments regarding USPTO initiatives to ensure the robustness and reliability of patent rights.

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Amoxicillin Shortage Impacting Nearly 75% of Pharmacists Nationwide

Drug Topics

Pharmacists generally agree that domestic production of the commonly used antibiotic could prevent more shortages from happening in the future

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GenScript ProBio and RVAC partner for Covid-19 vaccine pDNA

Pharmaceutical Technology

GenScript ProBio has announced a strategic collaboration with RVAC Medicines to manufacture GMP-grade plasmid DNA (pDNA) for the latter’s RVM-V001, an mRNA Covid-19 vaccine candidate. Under the agreement, GenScript ProBio will offer GMP plasmid manufacturing service for the RVM-V001 programme. This collaboration is expected to help expedite the clinical manufacturing of RVM-V001 and future mRNA-based vaccines that target infectious diseases such as Clostriodioides difficile infection (CDI) and R

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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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Opinion: Fixing U.S. public health will require a health-systems revolution — and for physicians to take a backseat

STAT

A classic warning in public health goes like this: “A society that spends so much on health care that it cannot or will not spend adequately on other health enhancing activities may actually be reducing the health of its population.” No nation is as guilty of this practice as the United States, with its extremely high health expenditures alongside abysmal population-level health outcomes.

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Stopping pharmacy benefit managers from “gaming the system”

PhRMA

People around the country say they are paying too much for their prescription medicines. State policymakers could help address this problem now. Doing so starts with stopping pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) from taking advantage of the health system and patients.

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Kindergarten Vaccination Rates Falling, Creates Opportunity to Offer Catch-Up Vaccine Schedules

Drug Topics

With nearly 250,000 kindergarten age children not receiving their recommended vaccines, pediatric health care providers search for solutions.

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Major coalition of health groups aims to combat health misinformation

Fierce Healthcare

Major coalition of health groups aims to combat health misinformation rking Fri, 02/24/2023 - 11:17

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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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Patent wars: what’s behind Amgen’s possible win over Sanofi at the US Supreme Court

Pharmaceutical Technology

Amgen could be the winner of a high-stakes patent spat with Sanofi as tensions run high weeks before the March 27 US Supreme Court hearing. While some courts were previously on Sanofi’s side, it is possible that Amgen’s case could win this time, some legal experts say. However, Sanofi’s side also has significant support, highlighting the dispute’s contentious nature.

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2023 hair care trends

Drug Store News

Consumers are obsessed with their hair, whether it be washing, styling, removing or growing. Here are what experts predict will keep sales bouncy in the new year.

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Increase Seen in Eczema, Prevalence Varies by Race and Ethnicity

Drug Topics

Previous surveys suggested care disparities. Investigators compared these outcomes because of a lack of research in this space.

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Opinion: In Turkey, Ukraine, and beyond, the necessity of trauma care

STAT

Watching news reports of the heroic relief efforts underway in Turkey and Syria following the devastating earthquake there, I can imagine the terrible weight of emotional trauma that so many people are experiencing right now because I’ve experienced it myself. A dozen years ago, as a young doctor with a background in emergency medicine, I felt prepared to handle disaster response situations.

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Google, Microsoft execs share how racial bias can hinder expansion of health AI

Fierce Healthcare

Google, Microsoft execs share how racial bias can hinder expansion of health AI rking Thu, 02/23/2023 - 12:36

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Scotch Porter enters body care space

Drug Store News

New from the brand is the Hydrating Body Wash and Intense Anti-Dry Body Lotion, which will be available in two scents inspired by the brand’s fine fragrance collection.

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Does a Prior COVID-19 Infection Protect Patients from Reinfection?

Drug Topics

Researchers estimate the protection from COVID-19 reinfection based on the variant and time since a patient's previous infection.

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Opinion: Tobacco companies pledge ‘harm reduction’ but are doing the opposite

STAT

This year could shape up to be a historic one for tobacco control — or one in which Big Tobacco accelerates its steady transformation into Big Nicotine. We are hoping for the former, but aren’t betting against the latter. For the last few years, the tobacco industry has publicly endorsed harm reduction. This public health strategy includes efforts designed to reduce, though not eliminate, risks for people who engage in harmful behaviors.

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Costly discharge delays highlight need for more downstream care options, New York group's analysis shows

Fierce Healthcare

Costly discharge delays highlight need for more downstream care options, New York group's analysis shows dmuoio Wed, 02/22/2023 - 12:48

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Cardinal Health report examines shifts in biosimilars industry

Drug Store News

The study reveals provider perceptions of commercially available biosimilars and anticipated launches, which have the potential to increase equitable access to critical treatments.

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Moderna Plans to Offer Free COVID-19 Vaccine to Uninsured Patients

Drug Topics

More traditional health care coverage will begin when the U.S. public health emergency response to COVID-19 ends on May 11.

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European Pharmaceutical Review Issue 1 2023

European Pharmaceutical Review

Included in this issue of European Pharmaceutical Review : FOREWORD Accelerating drug development David Elder, David P Elder Consultancy RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY Shining a light on Raman for microbiological analysis Tim Sandle, Bio Products Laboratory LIMS Overcoming barriers to capturing data in a laboratory Samantha Kanza, University of Southampton ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING Endotoxin trends: sustainability, automation and beyond Miriam Guest, AstraZeneca UK REGULATORY INSIGHT UPC opt-out – a strateg

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Hospital lobby urges FTC to withdraw or add healthcare exceptions to sweeping noncompete ban

Fierce Healthcare

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Opinion: ‘They don’t need your permission.’ When childbirth feels like rape

STAT

The shouting began soon after my son was born. “We’ve got an inversion!” the doctor yelled to his team. Moments earlier, a nurse had pressed my newborn son against my chest. I bent to kiss his dark curls through my surgical mask, then he and my husband were escorted out of the operating room.

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Young Children Benefit from 3 Doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

Drug Topics

The vaccine was 73.2% effective in children aged 6 months to 4 years when administered during the Omicron-dominant phase.

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Amazon completes $3.9B deal to acquire One Medical

Drug Store News

One Medical offers in-office and 24/7 virtual care services, on-site labs and programs for preventive care, chronic care management, common illnesses and mental health concerns.

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Butterfly takes flight: Hand-held ultrasound pushed to the limits to test its use for space missions

Fierce Healthcare

Butterfly takes flight: Hand-held ultrasound pushed to the limits to test its use for space missions agliadkovskaya Fri, 02/24/2023 - 15:22

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What Makes Your Pharmacy Unique?

DiversifyRx

The other USP your pharmacy needs to rule your market When pharmacists see USP, our brains automatically translate it to United States Pharmacopoeia. Which is a critically important USP for pharmacies. However, there is another USP that is vitally important if you are a pharmacy owner. Unique Selling Proposition, aka USP. This is a marketing term that essentially answers the question, what makes your pharmacy unique and who benefits the most from that uniqueness.

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Organizations, Pharmacists Urge Flu Vaccine for Patients With Diabetes

Drug Topics

Leading health organizations are urging those with diabetes and other chronic conditions to get the influenza vaccine.

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The best SingleCare reviews this February

The Checkup by Singlecare

What was your favorite thing about February? Maybe it was spending Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart or watching the Chiefs win the Super Bowl. Or maybe, if you’re a cold weather lover, it was when Phil the groundhog saw his shadow , predicting another 6 weeks of winter! Did you know that February is also American Heart Month? At SingleCare, we want to help you look after your cardiovascular health.

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