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Oklahoma governor signs revised pharmacy choice bill
Daily Oklahoman (05/22/19) McNutt, K.S.
Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma on Tuesday signed a revised pharmacy choice bill into law, 3 weeks after vetoing an earlier version. House Bill 2632 prohibits restrictions on a patient's right to choose a pharmacy provider without paying a penalty and calls for an advisory committee to review…
May 21, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Cancer death rates drop, heart disease deaths on the rise for U.S. adults
CNN (05/21/19) Bracho-Sanchez, Edith
From 1999 to 2017, cancer deaths among adults aged 45–64 years in the United States declined 19%, according to CDC. Researchers from the agency's National Center for Health Statistics also found that deaths from heart disease among this age group fell 22% from 1999 to 2011, though they…
May 21, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Nintedanib for systemic sclerosis-associated interstitial lung disease
New England Journal of Medicine (05/20/19) Distler, Oliver; Highland, Kristin B.; Gahlemann, Martina; et al.
The SENSCIS trial examined the effect of nintedanib in the setting of interstitial lung disease (ILD), which is implicated in systemic sclerosis-associated morbidity and mortality. A sample of 576 ILD patients who met the study criteria were randomly divided into a control group and an intervention…
May 21, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Benralizumab for the prevention of COPD exacerbations
New England Journal of Medicine (05/20/19) Criner, Gerard J.; Celli, Bartolome R.; Brightling, Christopher E.; et al.
The GALATHEA and TERRANOVA studies questioned whether benralizumab could safely and effectively avert exacerbations in patients with moderate to very severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Enrollees included COPD patients with high blood esinophil counts, who continued to suffer…
May 21, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Lilly selling one-half-price version of popular insulin
Associated Press (05/22/19)
Eli Lilly is now selling a one-half-price version of its insulin lispro recombinant (Humalog), following the company's promise in March to offer diabetics a more affordable option. The drugmaker said insulin lispro will cost $137.35 per vial, or $265.20 for a package of five KwikPens, an easier-to-…
May 21, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Out-of-pocket costs for MS, other neurology meds, soar
Medscape (05/20/19) McNamara, Damian
A new study in Neurology indicates that out-of-pocket costs for medications used to treat neurologic diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson disease (PD), peripheral neuropathy, epilepsy, and dementia have increased exponentially over the past 13 years. Researchers accessed a database…
May 21, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
NCPA Foundation, AmerisourceBergen Foundation to support pharmacies during disasters
Drug Store News (05/17/19) Levy, Sandra
The nonprofit AmerisourceBergen Foundation is partnering with the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) to ensure community pharmacies affected by natural disasters and other emergencies can continue to support patient populations. The AmerisourceBergen Foundation has donated to the…
May 21, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Survey finds student pharmacists have high awareness of PrEP but gaps remain
AJMC.com (05/07/19) Rosenberg, Jaime
A study by researchers at the University of Buffalo estimates that 1.2 million people nationwide could benefit from HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), but just 100,000 take it. The researchers surveyed student pharmacists enrolled in a doctor of pharmacy academic training program at the…
May 21, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Former FDA chief Gottlieb: 'We struck the wrong balance' on e-cigarettes
CNBC.com (05/21/19) LaVito, Angelica
FDA struck the wrong balance in its oversight of the e-cigarette industry, former FDA head Scott Gottlieb said Tuesday. While commissioner, Gottlieb championed e-cigarettes as a way to help adults stop smoking. The agency's delayed oversight has been blamed, in part, on a rise in teen vaping that…
May 21, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
To slash prices, Colorado moves to import Canada's prescription drugs
Governing (05/19) Wingerter, Justin
Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado has signed legislation that would permit the importation of prescription drugs from Canada. Under the law, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is charged with the creation of plan to safely import Canadian drugs and to present a proposal to HHS…
May 21, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition