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April 18, 2017
April 18, 2017
Medicaid programs and private insurers have often balked at paying for expensive drugs that treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) for adults, but stricter...
Medicaid programs and private insurers have often balked at paying for expensive drugs that treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) for adults, but stricter Medicaid guidelines for children may make coverage more routine.
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April 18, 2017
April 18, 2017
Clinicians have a better handle on prescribing erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) appropriately for chemotherapy-related anemia and no longer...
Clinicians have a better handle on prescribing erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) appropriately for chemotherapy-related anemia and no longer need special training to prescribe them, FDA announced. The ESAs in question are epoetin alfa (Epogen and Procrit—Amgen) and darbepoetin alfa (Aranesp—Amgen).
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April 13, 2017
April 13, 2017
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April 01, 2017
April 06, 2017
Whether formal or informal, education and training are foundational blocks for an organization to provide employee onboarding and organizational...
Whether formal or informal, education and training are foundational blocks for an organization to provide employee onboarding and organizational development. Similar to other practice settings, specialty pharmacy is highly regulated, with training requirements stemming from the federal government, executed contracts, pursued accreditations, and company best practices. In addition, robust baseline and continuous clinical education efforts compensate for the minimal coverage of specialty pharmacy in college of pharmacy curriculums, as well as for the ever-changing landscape of specialty guidelines and products.
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April 01, 2017
April 06, 2017
Hepatitis C (HCV) has made headlines in recent years, thanks to novel treatments that cure the once-incurable disease. However, these cures come at...
Hepatitis C (HCV) has made headlines in recent years, thanks to novel treatments that cure the once-incurable disease. However, these cures come at a cost—one that many health plans have initially been reluctant to cover for all members. Furthermore, as the debate about health care reform continues, patient concerns about availability of coverage options might intensify. Fortunately, as pharmacists and health care providers, we are well equipped to help our patients using our understanding of policy, law, and available resources.
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April 03, 2017
April 03, 2017
Although prescription drug prices continue to rise, CVS Health's commercial PBM clients paid less for prescription drugs in 2016 compared with 2015...
Although prescription drug prices continue to rise, CVS Health's commercial PBM clients paid less for prescription drugs in 2016 compared with 2015.
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April 03, 2017
April 03, 2017
CVS Health said Friday that its contract to provide specialty pharmacy services for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Federal Employee Program (FEP)...
CVS Health said Friday that its contract to provide specialty pharmacy services for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Federal Employee Program (FEP) will end at the end of the year. In a statement, CVS Health wrote: "Given that the contract expires at year end, the loss of this contract does not affect the company's 2017 financial results.
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March 29, 2017
March 29, 2017
A recent study sought to determine whether dietary supplementation with vitamin D3 and calcium reduces the risk of cancer among older women. The...
A recent study sought to determine whether dietary supplementation with vitamin D3 and calcium reduces the risk of cancer among older women.
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March 29, 2017
March 29, 2017
FDA approved on Tuesday dupilumab (Dupixent—Regeneron Pharmaceuticals) injection for the treatment of adults with moderate-to-severe eczema. The...
FDA approved on Tuesday dupilumab (Dupixent—Regeneron Pharmaceuticals) injection for the treatment of adults with moderate-to-severe eczema. The drug is intended for individuals whose eczema is not controlled adequately by topical therapies, or those for whom topical therapies are not advisable.
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