2022

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15 Antibiotic Myths To Beware

IDStewardship

In this article an infectious diseases pharmacist discusses antibiotic myths. Authored by: Timothy P. Gauthier, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCIDP. Article posted 27 October 2022. Have you ever seen the show MythBusters on the Discovery Channel? Well this blog post is not nearly as cool as that show, but it may be a fun read at least! Here are 15 antibiotic myths to beware… Myth 1: Stopping antibiotic courses early leads to antibiotic resistance.

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Higher Incidence of Myocarditis, Pericarditis Found After COVID-19 Vaccination

Pharmacy Times

Despite evidence of a higher risk of myocarditis or pericarditis with COVID-19 vaccination, immunization should still be recommended because the benefits likely outweigh the harms, study shows.

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AI Opens Door To Improving Patient Experience

PharmExec

The technology is not just about digital enablement anymore.

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AI will continue to attract investment in near future in the healthcare industry

Pharmaceutical Technology

Artificial intelligence (AI) was seen as one of the top current investment priorities and was thought to continue to attract investment in the healthcare sector in the upcoming two years, according to GlobalData's latest report ‘Digital Transformation and Emerging Technology in the Healthcare Industry - 2022 Edition’. In this survey-based report tracker, digital media was prioritised as a top current investment target, with 53% of surveyed respondents confirming that their companies are currentl

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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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Female Board Members Are Good for Business

PharmExec

Perspectives from a board member and an aspiring board member on how to increase the number of qualified women on boards.

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Pharmacists Take Charge During an In-Flight Medical Emergency

Drug Topics

A group of pharmacists rose to the occasion to help a man having a medical emergency aboard a recent United flight bound for Newark, New Jersey.

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UK digital health project aims to tackle dysfunctional breathing

pharmaphorum

A collaboration between academic centres in the UK has won government funding for a digital approach to dysfunctional breathing or dyspnoea, a symptom that affects around 10% of the population. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has set aside £400,000 (almost $490,000) for the project, which will help fund work at the Universities of Plymouth, Salford and Stirling, and the Glasgow School of Art.

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CVS Health supports future of pharmacy through minority scholarship program

Drug Store News

The scholarships represent a commitment to an inclusive community and promoting diversity of thought, background, perspective and experience to advance pharmacy education and improve patient health.

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Blister material as a source of nitrosamine impurities

European Pharmaceutical Review

Following numerous recalls, the industry is striving to investigate the causes, sources and ways to mitigate carcinogenic nitrosamine impurities. In a recent paper, published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics , researchers identified nitrocellulose blister packaging as a potential source of N -nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and N -nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) impurities.

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NervGen Pharma sets sights on trial for spinal-cord injury treatment

Outsourcing Pharma

The company plans to launch a Phase Ib/II study of its compound NVG-291 in collaboration with researchers at Northwestern Universityâs Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

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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 Bug Name Emoji Game

IDStewardship

On this webpage you will find “The Bug Name Emoji Game” which is just like “ The Drug Name Emoji Game ” and meant to be a fun medical emoji puzzle game for people who deal with different types of microbial pathogens. Simply use the emoji symbols to decipher the corresponding organism name! These puzzles have been developed by Dr.

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Pharmacy Should be ‘Special’ for All Patients

Pharmacy Times

Even if the financial resources were available, there aren’t enough human resources in pharmacy to provide high-touch engagement to the millions of patients who suffer from common chronic diseases.

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Biotech spotlight: Twist Bioscience aims to remove limits on drug discovery with DNA synthesis platform

PharmaVoice

As ‘the Amazon of DNA,’ Twist CSO, Aaron Sato, discusses the company’s breakthrough approach to DNA production and its expansion into drug development.

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Early cell therapy successes start to turn the tide in lupus

Pharmaceutical Technology

In a field dominated by antibodies and small molecules, two cell-therapy based approaches have come under the spotlight for showing early signs of efficacy in treating lupus. In September, a group from Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg reported that five patients with lupus achieved remission after an infusion of autologous chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T cells led to a deep depletion of B cells.

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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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Connecting your Digital Health Strategy from Clinical to Commercial

PharmExec

Thursday, July 21st 2022 at 11am EST, 8am PST, 5pm CEST Join this webinar to hear industry thought leaders discuss how data and experiences serve clinical and commercial needs, explore which platforms and technologies can enable a robust digital health ecosystem, and share recommendations for building a digital health strategy fit for your business.

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Embrace Artificial Intelligence in the Pharmacy

Drug Topics

As technology advances in all areas of life, it is no surprise that technology is becoming more prevalent in independent pharmacy.

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Opinion: Hospice care needs saving

STAT

Hospice in America is gravely ill. An extensive investigation jointly published by The New Yorker and ProPublica documented outright fraud, predatory practices, and flagrant mistreatment by specific publicly traded and private equity-owned hospice companies.

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Meet Florence, WHO’s AI-powered digital health worker

pharmaphorum

An artificial intelligence-powered digital health worker has been unveiled by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as its latest tool for disseminating reliable health information to the public. Originally developed by New Zealand tech company Soul Machines with support of the Qatar Ministry of Health, the first version of the virtual health worker was used to combat misinformation about the pandemic.

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Personalizing the Cancer Patient Journey

Pharma Marketing Network

In the first two weeks after a cancer diagnosis, there are likely dozens of doctor’s visits, tests, consultations, and decision points. The patient care team supplies an abundance of information, although sifting through brochures and online resources can be daunting for the patient and their caregiver. Adhering to regulatory guidelines is an important step pharma takes to ensure that promotional medical materials contain balanced information that is accurate and relevant. 1 The marketer’s goal

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Robotic capsule could replace injected biologics

European Pharmaceutical Review

Scientists at MIT have demonstrated that a novel robotic capsule could potentially replace conventional biologic injection methods by tunnelling through the intestinal mucus barrier to deliver insulin. The research, published in the journal Science Robotics described how the new drug delivery system can transport large protein and small-molecule drugs, like vancomycin, an antibiotic peptide.

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Amazon's latest push into digital health—a virtual clinic for common conditions like allergies and hair loss

Fierce Healthcare

Amazon's latest push into digital health—a virtual clinic for common conditions like allergies and hair loss. hlandi. Tue, 11/15/2022 - 09:18.

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Five Things Pharmacists Should Know About Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP)

IDStewardship

In this article a pharmacist with advanced training and experience in infectious diseases discusses five things pharmacists should know about ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP). Authored By: Lucia Rose, PharmD, BCIDP. Article Posted 1 December 2022. It was the fall of 2009; I was a proud PGY-1 resident at UMass Medical Center rounding with a large team in the ICU.

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Three Keys to Implementing Artificial Intelligence in Drug Discovery

Pharmacy Times

AI-based technologies are increasingly being used for things such as virtual screening, physics-based biological activity assessment, and drug crystal-structure prediction.

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Stand Up to Cancer research initiative targets pancreatic cancer

Outsourcing Pharma

Joining with a noted research foundation, the group is aiming for earlier detection and treatment of the disease, which hits nearly 500K people annually.

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Tapping into pharma’s growing opportunities in digital health

Pharmaceutical Technology

Soaring patient numbers are stretching hospital capacity across the globe, forcing healthcare providers and their partners to think laterally about how to meet the demand without doubling their resources. Smarter diagnostic tools and more sophisticated remote- and self-care models will have an increasingly important role to play, as long as any advances are seen to deliver excellent outcomes and a better patient experience.

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The Manufacturing Edge on Path to Market

PharmExec

FDA backs the benefits of adopting continuous manufacturing, a strategy which has accelerated approval and launch timelines, and its Emerging Technology Program could be a helpful tool.

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Drug Testing Challenges Emerge With CBD Product Use

Drug Topics

Even “THC-free” cannabidiol products may contain trace amounts of THC.

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STAT+: Nine in 10 health care companies with financial stress are owned by private equity

STAT

Almost 90% of the health care companies deemed to be under financial stress by a leading credit rating agency are owned by private equity , a stark indicator of the toll financial investors have taken on a vital sector. The striking finding is part of a new Moody’s Investors Service report released this week that shows broad turbulence throughout an industry weakened by private equity’s practice of loading companies with debt, making them less resilient to challenges like Covid-19,

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Digital health app linked to better outcomes in heart failure

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A study of a mobile health app used to support patients hospitalised with heart failure has concluded that it provided a modest improvement in quality-of-life scores, as well as better clinical outcomes. The finding comes from the large-scale CONNECT-HF cluster study, which looked at various patient engagement and education interventions to see if they could help patients with heart failure do better after discharge from hospital.

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Participation push: How retail pharmacies can innovate clinical trials

Drug Store News

CVS Health Clinical Trial Services was launched in 2021 with the goal of developing and executing a community-centric model for clinical trials.

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Greece slaps Novartis with €214 million bribery suit

European Pharmaceutical Review

The Greek state has filed a lawsuit against Novartis , asking for € 214 million in compensation for non-pecuniary damages* the country may have suffered due to alleged illegal payments to government officials and healthcare providers. Commenting on the lawsuit , Greece’s Health Minister Thanos Plevris, stated that the country is seeking compensation for the damage it has suffered “from the actions that Novartis itself has admitted to in the USA that concerns payments to doctors.”.

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From finding the right candidates to keeping them, how hospitals are using AI to address workforce needs

Fierce Healthcare

From finding the right candidates to keeping them, how hospitals are using AI to address workforce needs. aburky. Fri, 11/18/2022 - 15:25.

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AstraZeneca withdraws US COVID vaccine application, shifts focus to antibody treatments

Fierce Pharma

AstraZeneca withdraws US COVID vaccine application, shifts focus to antibody treatments. aliu. Thu, 11/10/2022 - 09:02.

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Expert: Deprescribing Is an Important Part of End-of-Life Care

Pharmacy Times

A session presenter at the ASCP 2022 Annual Meeting addresses research investigating the value of preventative treatments when patients have a limited life expectancy.

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