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ACPE board seeking APhA appointee to fill vacancy
The APhA Board of Trustees has issued a call for candidates to serve on the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors. This is a special call for nominations to fill a vacancy on the ACPE board in the practitioner appointment. APhA is seeking candidates for this round…
Nov 12, 2018 Article
Pharmacist involvement improves reimbursement of biologics, paper says
Center for Biosimilars (11/06/18) Davio, Kelly
European health care systems are increasingly turning to Managed Entry Agreements (MEAs) to facilitate access to high-cost biologics. These agreements may feature price-volume discounts, dose-capping agreements with drug makers, or outcomes-based contracts. A paper published in Frontiers in Public…
Nov 08, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
FDA's new efforts to strengthen expanded access program
FDA News Release (11/08/18) Gottlieb, Scott
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, discussed Thursday steps the agency has taken to strengthen the expanded access program, which aims to facilitate access to promising investigational medical products for individuals with serious or immediately life-threatening conditions who are unable to…
Nov 08, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Drugmakers pushing to roll back older adults' prescription discounts
Chicago Tribune (11/06/18) Koons, Cynthia; Brody, Ben
The pharmaceutical industry has been lobbying furiously to roll back recently mandated drug discounts for older adults, and it is reportedly focusing on a possible lame-duck session of Congress to peel back a legislative loss they suffered earlier this year. Medicare covers most drug costs until a…
Nov 08, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
FDA approves new version of OTC metered-dose inhaler for mild asthma
FDA News Release (11/08/18) Gottlieb, Scott; Woodcock, Janet
FDA approved this week epinephrine inhalation aerosol bronchodilator suspension (Primatene Mist—Amphastar Pharmaceuticals) for "temporary relief for symptoms of mild, intermittent asthma." The OTC metered-dose inhaler uses hydrofluoroalkane propellants, which are permitted under current…
Nov 08, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Cigarette smoking among U.S. adults lowest ever recorded
CDC News Release (11/08/18)
New data show that cigarette smoking has reached the lowest level ever recorded among U.S. adults, with an estimated 14% (34 million) adults saying they were current cigarette smokers in 2017. The report—from CDC, FDA, and the National Cancer Institute—noted, however, that about 47…
Nov 08, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Elotuzumab plus pomalidomide and dexamethasone for multiple myeloma
New England Journal of Medicine (11/08/18) Dimopoulos, Meletios A.; Dytfeld, Dominik; Grosicki, Sebastian; et al.
A combination of elotuzumab, an immunostimulatory monoclonal antibody, with lenalidomide and dexamethasone has been shown to be effective in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma. Researchers conducted a study involving patients whose multiple myeloma was refractory or relapsed and…
Nov 08, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Surgery patients use only one-quarter of prescribed opioids, and prescription size matters
EurekAlert (11/07/18)
Many surgeons write opioid prescriptions four times larger than what their patients will actually use after common procedures, according to a new study in JAMA Surgery. The research also indicates that the size of that prescription was the strongest predictive factor of how many opioids the patient…
Nov 08, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Triple therapy in the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
BMJ (11/06/18) Vol. 363 Zheng, Yayuan; Zhu, Jianhong; Liu, Yuyu; et al.
Triple therapy is superior to both monotherapy and dual therapy for the treatment of advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a systematic review and meta-analysis. Medical university researchers in China identified 21 randomized clinical trials appropriate for their…
Nov 08, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Express Scripts' myMatrixx launches new data tool
Chain Drug Review (11/07/18) Schiffner, Bill
myMatrixx, a subsidiary of Express Scripts Holding and a leader in pharmacy services for workers' compensation programs, has released myDataSense. The customizable digital analytics tool combines comprehensive data, clinical pharmacy expertise, and a customer service model that allows clients…
Nov 08, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition