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Government report on health reform says pharmacists should be paid for services
Loren Bonner, senior editor  
A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other government officials laid out recommendations for reforming the U.S. health care system that includes allowing pharmacists and other health care providers to practice at the top of their professional license and be paid…
Dec 13, 2018 Article
FDA efforts to improve drug quality through oversight of data integrity and good manufacturing practice
FDA News Release (12/12/18) Gottlieb, Scott
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says overseeing the quality and safety of pharmaceutical manufacturing is key to efforts to ensure the safety of the nation's drug supply. Having clear guidelines for companies on how to prevent product quality issues is an important step to protecting patient safety…
Dec 12, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Pennsylvania auditor general calls for greater oversight of PBMs
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/12/18) Twedt, Steve
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Tuesday called on legislators to demand more transparency and accountability from PBMs. In an 18-page report, DePasquale said Pennsylvania paid PBMs $2.86 billion in 2017 for Medicaid beneficiaries’ prescriptions. By comparison, the report…
Dec 12, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Soaring insulin prices cause Minnesota lawmakers to draft remedies
Minneapolis Star Tribune (12/12/18) Howatt, Glenn
A group of Minnesota legislators is considering regulations to rein in the soaring cost of insulin. With more than 460,000 diabetics in Minnesota, legislators say they are hearing many complaints from frustrated and worried constituents. Rationing insulin can lead to illness, even death. A vial of…
Dec 12, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
FDA warns API manufacturer involved in valsartan recall
FDA News Release (12/11/18)
FDA has released a warning letter issued to Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical (ZHP), the manufacturer of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) found in valsartan that is the subject of an ongoing FDA investigation into probable cancer-causing impurities in certain commonly prescribed heart…
Dec 12, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Kaleo, maker of $4,100 overdose antidote, authorizes a generic version for just $178
STAT News (12/12/18) Facher, Lev
Drug manufacturer Kaleo announced Wednesday it has authorized its subsidiary IJ Therapeutics to produce a largely identical version of its automated naloxone injector for a retail price of $178 for a kit, which, like the $4,100 brand-name version, contains two doses. First responder groups and…
Dec 12, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Kroger, GoodRx launch Kroger Rx Savings Club
Drug Store News (12/12/18) Salazar, David
Kroger has unveiled its Rx Savings Club, which provides discounts on common generic medications for conditions such as diabetes, asthma, mental health issues, and gastrointestinal health. The program, developed in partnership with GoodRx, offers three tiers of low-cost medications: free 30-day and…
Dec 12, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Analysis finds global antibiotic use varies widely in children
CIDRAP (12/04/18) Dall, Chris
A new global study indicates that among children younger than age 5 years, narrow-spectrum antibiotics comprised more than three-quarters of antibiotics used by young children for common childhood bacterial infections in 70 countries. However, in 17 countries, most notably China and India, broader-…
Dec 12, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Assessment of self-monitoring of blood glucose in individuals with type 2 diabetes not using insulin
JAMA Internal Medicine (12/10/18) Platt, Kevin D.; Thompson, Amy N.; Lin, Paul; et al.
In light of the ongoing national conversation over wasteful and inappropriate health care, University of Michigan researchers looked at whether blood glucose monitoring among non-insulin-dependent type 2 diabetics might be an area for improvement. Previous study has suggested that these patients,…
Dec 12, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
For the asking, a check is in the mail to help pay for costly drugs
Kaiser Health News (12/13/18) Tribble, Sarah Jane
When financial incentives like copay coupons and debit cards do not provide enough help for consumers, pharmaceutical companies sometimes will write a check—what they call direct reimbursement—to make sure a loyal patient will stay on a high-cost, brand-name drug. The practice of…
Dec 12, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition