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Influenza vaccines this winter providing moderate levels of protection, CDC data show
STAT News (02/14/19) Branswell, Helen
Interim estimates from CDC suggest that this year's influenza vaccine is providing about 47% protection against all influenza infections. The protection rate against H1N1 viruses—which are causing most of this year's illnesses around the United States—is 46%, while the protection rate…
Feb 14, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
FDA authorizes first interoperable insulin pump
FDA News Release (02/14/19)
FDA announced Thursday that it has permitted marketing of the Tandem Diabetes Care t:Slim X2 insulin pump with interoperable technology (Tandem Diabetes Care Inc.) for delivering insulin under the skin for children and adults with diabetes. The insulin pump, known as an alternate controller enabled…
Feb 14, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Two decades of data reveal overall increase in pain, opioid use among U.S. adults
NIH News Release (02/13/19)
New research finds that significantly more Americans are coping with at least one painful noncancer health condition and that they increasingly are turning to opioids to manage the pain. The conclusions are based on data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, which provided a nationally…
Feb 14, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
How the quest for lower drug prices is hurting children with asthma
CNN.com (02/15/19) Bracho-Sanchez, Edith
Insurers, both private and public, use non-medical formulary switching to limit the coverage of prescription drugs to the medications for which they can negotiate a lower price. What that means for patients is that at any given time, their insurance provider may stop covering the medication they…
Feb 14, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
HIMSS19: CVS, Cigna execs tout pharmacies amid pricing debate
Healthcare Dive (02/13/19) Pifer, Rebecca
PBM executives appearing at the HIMSS19 conference on Wednesday touted their ability to cut costs for patients amid a wider debate about their role in the drug supply chain. The executives emphasized that they are well-placed to help drive down costs, given patients interact far more often with…
Feb 14, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Electronically delivered prescribing feedback and decision support on antibiotic use for respiratory illness in primary care
BMJ (02/13/19) Vol. 364 Gulliford, Martin C.; Prevost, A. Toby; Charlton, Judith; et al.
The REDUCE study examined whether electronically delivered feedback and decision support interventions safely and effectively lower antibiotic prescribing for self-limiting respiratory tract infections. As part of the trial, 41 U.K. general practices were randomly assigned to antimicrobial…
Feb 14, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Automaker retirees racked up a $2 billion pharmacy bill in 2018
Bloomberg (02/14/19) Trudell, Craig
A retiree health-care trust set up by Detroit automakers and the United Auto Workers union spent $4.2 billion on pharmaceutical-related expenses. Nearly one-half of that sum went to prescription drugs, Alan Reuther, legislative consultant for the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, told the House…
Feb 14, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Mass. commission looks to ease prescription drug spending
Worcester Telegram (02/13/19) Lannan, Katie
The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) is urging insurers, policymakers, and medical professionals to take action on prescription drug spending and administrative expenses. On February 13, the commission approved a number of policy recommendations intended to curb the growth in health…
Feb 14, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Vaccine storage in Ventura County failed to meet standards
Kaiser Health News (02/12/19) Rodriguez, Carmen Heredia
In October 2017, Ventura County (CA) health officials, concerned that vaccines were getting too warm while being transported to clinics, changed their protocol. But a routine audit in November found that the ice packs they were using may have frozen some of the medicines and lowered their…
Feb 14, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Arkansas bill would require e-prescription for opioids
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (02/14/19) Moritz, John
A bill now moving through the Arkansas Legislature calls for prescriptions for controlled substances such as opioids to be moved to a paperless, e-prescription system by 2021. Senate Bill 174, proposed by state Rep. Kim Hammer (R-Benton), was recommended by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a voice…
Feb 14, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition