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Study links cancer with higher risk of shingles
Loren Bonner, senior editor  
Results of a new study could build up vaccine prevention efforts for the painful skin condition shingles. In a new study published Dec. 13, 2018 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, researchers found that patients who had recently been diagnosed with cancer, particularly blood cancer, as well as…
Dec 17, 2018 Article
Court orders key documents from Purdue to be unsealed
The Hill (12/14/18) Sullivan, Peter
An appeals court in Kentucky has said that documents about Purdue Pharma's marketing of oxycodone (OxyContin), including a deposition from the former president of the company, Richard Sackler, must be unsealed. The records—part of a 2015 settlement Purdue reached with Kentucky—are…
Dec 16, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
High-dose antipsychotics raise kids' risk of unexpected death
Medscape (12/12/18) Anderson, Pauline
A study published online in JAMA Psychiatry indicates that the use of off-label, high-dose antipsychotics considerably increases the risk of unexpected death in children and young people aged 5–24 years. The analysis by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center included 189,361…
Dec 16, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Hy-Vee buys files from 22 Shopko pharmacies
Drug Store News (12/14/18) Levy, Sandra
Hy-Vee said Friday it has purchased the business of nearly two dozen Shopko pharmacies in six states. The deal for 22 Shopko pharmacies in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin comes just a day after Kroger said it would buy the pharmacy files from 42 Shopko stores. Under…
Dec 16, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
CVS Health defends merger and integration of Aetna
Healthcare Finance News (12/15/18) Morse, Susan
CVS Health is defending its merger with Aetna, through briefs filed on Friday ahead of a federal court hearing on Tuesday. The Department of Justice (DOJ), which has approved the acquisition, also filed a brief on Friday which states the court has the authority to reject a proposed merger…
Dec 16, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Teens using vaping devices in record numbers
NIDA News Release (12/17/18)
New research shows a significant increase in vaping among U.S. teenagers. The findings—from the 2018 Monitoring the Future survey of a nationally representative sample of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in schools across the country—show that 37.3% of high school seniors reported "any…
Dec 16, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
To guide cancer therapy, device quickly tests drugs on tumor tissue
MIT News (12/12/18) Matheson, Rob
A new microfluidic device promises to spare cancer patients the ordeal of experimenting with treatment after treatment until they find one that is effective and tolerable. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) need only about an hour to 3-D print the tumor analysis platform…
Dec 16, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Report: Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its baby powder
Reuters (12/15/18) Girion, Lisa
A Reuters examination of documents concludes that from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, Johnson & Johnson's raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos, and that the company failed to disclose it to regulators or the public. The documents also depict…
Dec 16, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Cigna's algorithms aim to predict opioid abuse
Wall Street Journal (12/13/18) Castellanos, Sara
Cigna Corp. is employing artificial intelligence initiatives to try to predict prescription opioid abuse and overdoses among its customers. The health insurance company's proprietary algorithms are potentially saving lives and helping to reduce health care costs for patients who might have…
Dec 16, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
History of APhA
Historic APhA Headquarters Building Founded as the American Pharmaceutical Association on October 6, 1852, APhA today represents more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and others interested in advancing the profession. In the…
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