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Drugmakers raise prices amid shortages, recalls
Wall Street Journal (01/18/19) Loftus, Peter
Drug manufacturers have sharply increased prices of some older, low-cost prescription medicines amid supply shortages and recalls. For example, at least three sellers of the widely used blood-pressure medication valsartan have raised prices since a series of safety-related recalls of the drug by…
Jan 17, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Measles outbreak grows in area with low vaccination rate, most patients unimmunized
USA Today (01/17/19) Shannon, Joel
Sixteen cases of measles have been confirmed in southwestern Washington state. Health officials say that two of the children have an unverified immunization status, but the other 14 have not been immunized against measles. According to reports, Clark County—where the cases were diagnosed…
Jan 17, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Single-dose tafenoquine to prevent relapse of <I>P. vivax</I> malaria
New England Journal of Medicine (01/17/19) Vol. 380, No. 3, P. 215 Lacerda, Marcus V.G.; Llanos-Cuentas, Alejandro; Krudsood, Srivicha; et al.
The DETECTIVE clinical trial explored an alternative approach to how Plasmodium vivax malaria is treated. The two-pronged process involves a blood schizonticide, such as chloroquine, to treat the disease along with 2 weeks of primaquine therapy to prevent relapse. However, the so-called radical…
Jan 17, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
New $1 birth control patch works in seconds, lasts for a month, researchers claim
USA Today (01/16/19) Molina, Brett
Researchers have developed an inexpensive contraceptive patch for women that reportedly can deliver a month-long dose of the contraceptive drug levonorgestrel almost immediately, according to a new study in Nature Biomedical Engineering. When the patch is applied for several seconds, microneedles…
Jan 17, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
CVS Health and Walmart announce new PBM pharmacy network agreement
PR Newswire (01/18/19)
CVS Health and Walmart report that they have reached a multi-year agreement under which Walmart will continue participating in the CVS Caremark PBM commercial and Managed Medicaid community pharmacy networks. Financial terms of the new contract were not disclosed. "We are very pleased to have…
Jan 17, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Appropriateness of outpatient antibiotic prescribing among privately insured U.S. patients
BMJ (01/16/19) Vol. 364 Chua, Kao-Ping; Fischer, Michael A.; Linder, Jeffrey A.
Researchers built a cross-sectional study around more than 19 million non-elderly Americans with private insurance, with the goal of gauging the appropriateness of outpatient antibiotic prescribing. To do so, they set up a classification system to determine whether ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes—…
Jan 17, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
AHA offers FDA recommendations to mitigate drug shortages
Regulatory Focus (01/14/2019) Mulero, Ana
Data has shown an increase in the number of drug shortages in the past year compared with the early 2000s. In November 2018, FDA held a meeting to discuss the causes of the shortages and make recommendations to prevent future ones. The public comment period closed on January 11. The American…
Jan 17, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Bartell's stands apart among regional chains
Chain Drug Review (01/09/19)
Bartell Drugs strives to be a leader in the regional market by staying close to consumers and finding new ways to respond to their changing needs. George Bartell, chairman of the 68-store company, says: "Our size and family-owned structure give us the flexibility to be creative." Kathi Lentzsch,…
Jan 17, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
FDA takes steps to make naloxone OTC
FDA News Release (01/17/19)
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, said Thursday the agency has taken a number of steps to increase the availability of the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone. "Having naloxone widely available, for example as an approved OTC product, is an important public health advance, and a need that we'…
Jan 17, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
FDA directs dwindling resources toward reviewing new drugs
Washington Post (01/17/19) McGinley, Laurie
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb reports the agency plans to furlough more people and suspend lower-priority tasks to preserve money for drug reviews, including for new treatments for depression, diabetes, and several types of cancer. "What we are trying to do is to keep the review process…
Jan 17, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition