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Stealing With Our Eyes Open

Drug Topics

How much longer can independent pharmacists survive with the current method of reimbursement?

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Statins Could Potentially Slow Deterioration of Cognitive Function for Those With Alzheimer Disease

Pharmacy Times

Due to the observational nature of the study, the study authors said they cannot determine causal relationships between statins and cognitive decline for patients with Alzheimer disease.

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

STAT

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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As AI adoption in healthcare grows, Senate lawmakers weigh regulation, payment approaches

Fierce Healthcare

As the use of artificial intelligence technology in healthcare grows, federal lawmakers are weighing how to protect patients without hindering innovation and many in Congress are pushing for strong | As the use of artificial intelligence technology in healthcare grows, federal lawmakers are weighing how to protect patients without hindering innovation and many in Congress are pushing for stronger regulation.

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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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FDA approves Iovance’s Amtagvi as first T-cell therapy for a solid tumor

Fierce Pharma

The T-cell therapy treatment class, which has transformed the treatment of certain blood cancers, has now reached the solid tumor field thanks to an FDA approval for a first-of-its-kind immunothera | The T-cell therapy treatment class, which has transformed the treatment of certain blood cancers, has now reached the solid tumor field thanks to an FDA approval for a first-of-its-kind immunotherapy developed by Iovance Biotherapeutics.

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Clinical research is about trial and error

pharmaphorum

Clinical research involves trial and error as part of the drug development process. Learn more about how to optimise drug trials and the important role of participants in clinical research.

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Merck is on the lookout for more opportunities within immunology

Pharmaceutical Technology

At the JP Morgan Healthcare conference, Merck (MSD) indicated its eagerness to continue to establish its place in the immunological space.

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Walgreens closing all VillageMD primary care clinics in Florida

Drug Store News

Walgreens-backed VillageMD is closing all its medical clinics in Florida, one of its biggest markets, per a Business Insider report.

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Positive results for MAIA’s SCLC treatment published in Nature Communications

Pharma Times

The aggressive type of cancer accounts for 13% of all lung cancer cases worldwide

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Repeat Dosing Study Demonstrates Positive Data for Neffy Epinephrine Nasal Spray

Drug Topics

Manufacturer ARS Pharma will submit the data as part of a response to a CRL received in 2023.

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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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SGLT2 Inhibitors Are Underutilized for Inpatient Heart Failure Treatment

Pharmacy Times

Cardioprotective antihyperglycemic agents are underutilized for inpatient care in heart failure patients. Lack of use can lead to preventable patient deaths and hospital readmissions.

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FDA Approves BrainSee, First-in-Class Test to Predict Progression of Alzheimer Disease

Pharmacy Times

BrainSee creates a new standard for progression prediction in Alzheimer disease, marking a step forward in brain health management with non-invasive screening.

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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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California Passes First-in-Nation Law to Reduce Medication Errors, Address Pharmacy Staffing Concerns

Pharmacy Times

California's Stop Dangerous Pharmacies Act aims to improve patient safety by establishing new pharmacy staffing regulations and a medication error reporting system, arising from understaffed conditions.

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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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Cholera vaccine shortage reaches worst point yet, with experts fearing deadly outbreaks

STAT

An unprecedented shortage of cholera vaccine has public health experts fearing that a recent surge of outbreaks across developing countries will only worsen, a situation they argue is as regrettable as it was avoidable. At least 16 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean are dealing with cholera outbreaks. According to the latest report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control , between Dec. 23 and Jan. 23, nearly 50,500 people contracted cholera and nearly 500 died.

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

STAT

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

STAT

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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Poor Sleep Quality in Early Adulthood Linked With Worse Cognitive Performance in Middle Age

Pharmacy Times

The risk of poor cognitive performance was nearly double in participants who had the greatest number of sleep disturbances compared to the least.

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STAT+: Congress punts on PBM reform efforts

STAT

WASHINGTON — Congress has abandoned its attempt to reform how pharmacy middlemen operate in an upcoming package to fund the federal government, 11 lobbyists and sources following the talks told STAT. It’s a missed opportunity to pass one of the health care priorities that has attracted the most bipartisan interest and activity this Congress, though lawmakers could revive the negotiations on the issues in the future.

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STAT+: Obesity treatment from Boehringer Ingelheim, Zealand Pharma succeeds in study in liver condition MASH

STAT

LONDON — A drug in development as a weight loss treatment succeeded in a Phase 2 study in a serious liver condition, its developers said Monday, as the competition in the broader obesity medicine field pushes ahead. The drug, survodutide, is being developed by the privately held German firm Boehringer Ingelheim and the Danish biotech Zealand Pharma.

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

STAT

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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STAT+: UnitedHealth cyberattack cripples pharmacies’ and hospitals’ ability to process insurance claims

STAT

Hospitals, pharmacies, and other health care providers are getting stuck in an insurance processing logjam after UnitedHealth Group disclosed a cyberattack within a recently acquired subsidiary that serves as a central hub for payments across the industry. The cyberattack and subsequent system outage within UnitedHealth’s Change Healthcare has caught the attention of federal law enforcement agencies.

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

STAT

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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Florida policy set amid measles outbreak alarms vaccination proponents

STAT

A Florida state policy set amid a measles outbreak in Broward County has vaccination proponents aghast, with many saying it leaves unvaccinated children especially vulnerable to the highly contagious disease. In a letter dated Tuesday about an outbreak at Manatee Bay Elementary School in Weston, located northwest of Miami and west of Fort Lauderdale, the state’s surgeon general, Joseph Ladapo, said that while it is normal policy to tell unvaccinated children to stay home during an outbrea

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STAT+: Liver disease MASH is next target for obesity drugs in development

STAT

As drugmakers race to join the obesity drug market ignited by the approval of Wegovy and Zepbound , they’re not just competing on their drugs’ weight loss effects. They’re also competing on their products’ ability to treat a severe form of liver disease. A new update of the STAT Obesity Drug Tracker shows that at least 23 — about one-fifth — of the 105 obesity treatments in development or on the market are also being investigated for metabolic dysfunctio

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NIH study of ME/CFS points to immune dysfunction and brain abnormalities at core of long-dismissed disease

STAT

Alison Sbrana was in the belly of an opera when her life changed. Down in the pit, surrounded by fellow orchestra members, she’d been straining to play her flute for half the show. As performers overhead enveloped the audience in arias, Sbrana felt like the Hulk was pulling on the tendons in the right side of her neck. “I begged anybody for meds at intermission,” she said.

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Meet the fetal surgeon forging CRISPR’s next frontier: curing diseases in the womb

STAT

SAN FRANCISCO — Outside, the August sun wasn’t yet visible through the thick folds of fog blanketing the San Francisco skyline. Its warmth did not reach the operating room tucked into the sprawling Parnassus Heights hospital complex. In there, the light was all cold and blue fluorescence washing over the sea of scrub caps huddled around an anesthetized young woman on a gurney.

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Presidential age debate obscures a simple fact: Some cognitive skills improve as we get older

STAT

When a psychology professor in Michigan looked through his data on interpersonal conflict a decade ago, he discovered something unexpected. The study , which examined differences across cultures and age groups, seemed to show Americans got wiser as they got older. Richard Nisbett was used to research showing poorer mental skills among elderly adults, but his work found they were better at recognizing multiple perspectives, encouraging compromise, and acknowledging the limits of their own knowled

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Opinion: The Alabama IVF ruling uses faux scientific language to justify a religious position

STAT

Imagine having 15 miscarriages. Maybe you can shrug off the first one or two and keep trying to have children, to create a family. But soon every positive pregnancy test brings a sense of dread, of sad inevitability. Your body becomes your enemy.

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Opinion: New CMS rules will throttle access researchers need to Medicare, Medicaid data

STAT

Groundbreaking research more than a decade ago showed that almost one-fifth of people enrolled in Medicare were being readmitted within 30 days after being discharged from the hospital, harming patients and increasing costs. That study led to a sea change in health care. The government started closely monitoring readmission rates and imposing fines on hospitals with high rates.

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STAT+: Scientists take a (small) step toward universal antivenom

STAT

Antivenom, like Mexican Coke or grandma’s cookies, is still made the old-fashioned way. In antivenom’s case, the recipe is straightforward: Pump a horse full of sub-lethal doses of venom from various local snakes, wait for them to develop an immune response, tap their blood, purify out antibodies, bottle, and freeze. This vampiric, century-old process still reigns because of the unique scientific challenge posed by snake venoms.

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

STAT

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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Phage therapy: Researchers sharpen another arrow in the quiver against antibiotic resistance

STAT

Lynn Cole was in a never-ending cycle of getting recurrent blood infections. And no antibiotic drugs managed to kill off her zombie-like bacteria. “It just got so frustrating over the years because we couldn’t find the source, so we couldn’t figure out how to treat it and prevent it from happening,” said Mya Cole, Lynn’s daughter.

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STAT+: In ‘major milestone,’ FDA approves first cell therapy for solid tumors

STAT

Nearly four decades after its first conception, the first TIL therapy, an immunotherapy that harvests cancer-fighting immune cells from the patient’s own body, received accelerated approval from the Food and Drug Administration for advanced melanoma. The therapy, called Amtagvi or lifileucel from Iovance, is the first cell therapy approved for a solid tumor.

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