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The Respiratory Disease Trifecta: What to Know About COVID-19, Flu, and RSV

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In order to provide the best care, it’s crucial that pharmacists stay up-to-date on the latest guidance and data for flu, COVID-19, and RSV—even when that information is constantly changing.

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Microbiology Laboratory Strategies to Advance Antimicrobial Stewardship

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In this article four experts from bioMérieux discuss microbiology strategies to advance antimicrobial stewardship, reflecting on a recent Xchat (Twitter Chat) on the topic. Authored By: Katarzyna Wojcik, PMP, PhD, Andrea Prinzi, PhD, MPH, CPH, SM(ASCP), Amanda Suchanek, Ph.D., Jessica Blavignac There is no question that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has created new challenges for all stakeholders, requiring active and continued collaboration between healthcare professionals and various discip

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CDC advisory panel says people 65 and older should get a Covid spring booster shot

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An expert panel advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on vaccines on Wednesday recommended that people 65 and older should get an additional Covid-19 vaccine shot this spring. The recommendation was approved by CDC Director Mandy Cohen, allowing the United States to join Canada and the United Kingdom in offering a spring booster this year to people at high risk of severe disease if they contract Covid.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy May Be the First, Only Clinically Effective Treatment for Long COVID

Pharmacy Times

“I’m better than I was before I had long COVID, and in so many ways,” said a patient in an interview with Pharmacy Times.

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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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OTC Colon Cancer Screening Test Now Available in Pharmacies Across US

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Reese Pharmaceutical’s ColoTest has a suggested retail price of $19.99 and will also be sold on major retail shelves later this spring.

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ViVE 2024: Health systems are making big bets on AI. Here's how

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LOS ANGELES — AI took center stage at the ViVE 2024 conference this week and health systems across the country are deploying the tech to tackle issues from easing the drudgery of medical docum | AI took center stage at the ViVE 2024 conference this week and health systems across the country are deploying the tech to tackle issues from easing the drudgery of medical documentation to making it easier for patients to get information about their medical care.

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Pharmacy Focus: Limited Series - Celebrity Endorsements in Pharmaceuticals

Pharmacy Times

The podcast highlights addressing misinformation, the impact of celebrity endorsements in pharmaceuticals, and the important role of pharmacists in educating patients.

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Digital Health Tools Could Increase PrEP Uptake Among Young Individuals At-Risk For HIV

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Participants of a recent study who received automated text messaging and monitoring, as well as peer support and coaching, increased PrEP uptake from 11% to over 20%.

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Perrigo plots hundreds of job cuts as it embarks on restructuring initiative

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Over-the-counter self-care specialist Perrigo is poised to leave hundreds of workers by the wayside as it embarks on the next leg of its corporate journey. | As part of a cost-cutting and restructuring initiative dubbed "Project Energize," Perrigo expects to trim roughly 6% of its total staff, the company said in a fourth-quarter earnings release Tuesday.

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Opinion: Medicare Advantage is bad for patients and bad for investors

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In 2023, enrollment in Medicare Advantage, the version of Medicare run by private insurers, surpassed 50% of eligible beneficiaries for the very first time. Going by this headline, or perhaps the predictable flood of advertisements for plans during the fall’s open enrollment period, you might be fooled into thinking 2023 was MA’s best year yet.

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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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Gepotidacin Demonstrates Non-Inferiority Treating Uncomplicated Urogenital Gonorrhea in Phase 3 Trial

Pharmacy Times

Gepotidacin was compared with the combination of ceftriaxone and azithromycin in adolescent and adult patients with uncomplicated urogenital gonorrhea.

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Smoking Cannabis Linked With Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

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Analysis of participants who never used tobacco cigarettes showed that daily cannabis use was associated a higher risk of both heart attack and stroke.

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'Podnosis': Maternal mental health in the spotlight

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This week on “Podnosis,” we explore the critical issue of maternal mental health. | This week on "Podnosis," Editor-in-Chief Ayla Ellison explores the critical issue of maternal mental health in an interview with Dr. Ken Levey, co-founder and CEO of Mother Goose Health.

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STAT+: A ‘renaissance in neuroscience’ could deliver a fresh crop of psychiatric medicines

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One by one, the companies behind Zoloft, Prozac, and Paxil soured on psychiatry. It was the early 2000s, and as America warmed to the sounds of Sisqó and Shakira, the world’s largest pharmaceutical firms were running out of ideas to treat mental illness. Their blockbuster treatments for depression and schizophrenia had reshaped society and made billions of dollars in the process, but the old cash cows were soon to go generic.

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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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Data From OUtMATCH Study Show Benefits of Xolair for Common Food Allergies

Pharmacy Times

The data follow the FDA approval of omalizumab for the reduction of allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, that can occur after exposure to 1 or more foods.

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Pharmacies Can Leverage Clinical Opportunities to Diversify, Increase Revenue

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Pacience Edwards, PharmD, manager of compliance at Outcomes, discussed during a session at Outcomes 2024 SYNC National Conference several specific opportunities at the pharmacists disposal.

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WSJ: Department of Justice conducting antitrust probe of UnitedHealth Group

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Amid a tense week for UnitedHealth Group as the company continues to navigate a cyberattack against its Optum unit, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Biden administration is quietly launchin | Amid a tense week for UnitedHealth Group as the company continues to navigate a cyberattack against its Optum unit, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Biden administration is quietly launching an antitrust probe into the company.

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STAT+: White House to hold a listening session on reforming pharmacy benefit managers

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In a bid to combat prescription drug costs, the White House will hold a listening session on Monday in search of ways to reform pharmacy benefit managers , according to people familiar with the plans. The list of attendees includes representatives from the federal government and industry, who are expected to provide insights into how the largest pharmacy benefit managers determine which medicines are covered by insurers and employers, as well as prices that are paid at pharmacy counters.

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Expert Predicts Psychedelics Will Be Integrated into Current Regimens for Treating Mental Health Diseases

Pharmacy Times

Investigators continue to conduct regulated and controlled clinical trials to build compelling, high-quality evidence on their therapeutic potential.

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Biktarvy Indication Expanded by FDA for Resistant HIV

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The new approval is supported by the phase 3 Study 4030, which evaluated the efficacy, safety, and tolerability profile of Biktarvy in a broad range of people with HIV-1 with or without pre-existing NRTI resistance, including those with the M184V/I resistance.

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FDA says yes to Allecra, no to Venatorx UTI drugs

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The FDA has approved Allecra Therapeutics' Exblifep, a combination antibiotic for complicated urinary tract infections (cUTIs) that will now launch later this year, but turned down a rival product from Venatorx.

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Q&A: The scientific integrity sleuth taking on the widespread problem of research misconduct

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Elisabeth Bik, a microbiologist by training, has become one of the world’s most influential science detectives. An authority on scientific image analysis who’s been profiled in The New Yorker for her unique ability to spot duplicated or doctored photographs, she appeared frequently in the news over the past year as one of the experts who raised research misconduct concerns that led to an investigation into, and the eventual departure of, former Stanford president Marc Tessier-Lavig

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FDA Approves Expanded Indication for Bikatarvy for HIV Treatment

Pharmacy Times

The new indication includes individuals with HIV who have suppressed viral loads with known or suspected M184V/I resistance.

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Antidepressant Dispensing Soared Among Adolescents, Young Adults After COVID-19 Pandemic

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The increasing use of antidepressants observed before and after the public health crisis suggests a concerning mental health trend, especially among females.

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ViVE 2024: Simple HealthKit launches new kidney disease testing program

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LOS ANGELES — Simple HealthKit is launching a new kidney care program that aims to support health plans in driving better outcomes. | LOS ANGELES — Simple HealthKit is launching a new kidney care program that aims to support health plans in driving better outcomes.

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STAT+: FTC says pharmacy benefit managers are stonewalling requests for information

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A much-anticipated inquiry by U.S. antitrust regulators into pharmaceutical industry middlemen has been stymied because the companies have failed to provide many of the documents that, in some cases, were requested as far back as June 2022. The inquiry was begun by the Federal Trade Commission in response to the role that pharmacy benefit managers play in the cost of prescription medicines.

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Janux plans $200m offer on back of prostate cancer readout

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Buoyed by data from a trial of its T-cell engager (TCE) therapy in prostate cancer that almost tripled its share price, Janux Therapeutics has moved quickly to file a stock offering that could add around $200 million to its cash position. The San Diego biotech is offering $175 million in a public offering that could rise to $201.5 million if underwriters take up an option, less discounts and commissions.

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Study: Biologic Therapies Improve Clinical Outcomes in Patients With Severe Asthma

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Improvement across all asthma control parameters was achieved after 12 months of biologic treatment with mepolizumab, benralizumab, and omalizumab.

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AstraZeneca finally drops roxadustat US rights after FDA rejection, trial failure

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AstraZeneca and FibroGen have finally reached the end of the road for their U.S. collaboration on the oral anemia drug roxadustat. | More than two years after a high-profile FDA rejection, AstraZeneca has backed out of a collaboration with FibroGen for the latter’s oral anemia drug roxadustat in the U.S. Still, AZ left the partners' China pact intact.

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Why won’t Medicare deliver food to sick seniors, if it could get them healthy?

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WASHINGTON – Some twelve percent of traditional Medicare beneficiaries have heart failure. Roughly a quarter have diabetes. There’s early evidence suggesting that both conditions — and a slew of others — could be better managed with pre-made healthy meals. So why doesn’t Medicare try out delivering food to sick seniors?

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GSK antibiotic gepotidacin clears phase 3 gonorrhoea trial

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GSK has reported topline results from a phase 3 trial of its novel antibiotic gepotidacin that could spell the end of a decades-long drought in new oral therapies for gonorrhoea.

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Know Labs Announces Wearable, Non-Invasive Continuous Glucose Monitor

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If approved, KnowU will become the world’s first non-invasive blood glucose monitor introduced to the global marketplace.

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“People Are Screaming Out for Alternatives” In Mental Health Care, And Psychedelics May Fill The Gap, Expert Suggests

Pharmacy Times

Many psychedelics being studied for clinical use are not "magic mushrooms", rather clinical drugs formulated using good manufacturing practice standards.

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Opinion: IVF bans like Alabama’s could cost the lives of children already born

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When my wife, Laurie, completed her ninth in vitro fertilization cycle in the spring of 2000, we had more than 150 fertilized embryos in frozen storage at the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at the NewYork Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Medical College of Cornell University. We were not stockpiling them for later use. At the time, our son Henry was 5.

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