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Pharmacists fine tune diabetes clinic with individual care in mind
Loren Bonner, senior editor
For years, pharmacists at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI, have been part of a multidisciplinary diabetes clinic (MDC). But as the emphasis on quality measures through value-based care programs has amped up, the team knew more needed to be done for their patients. A pharmacist-managed diabetes…
May 22, 2018 Article
Pharmacy-based immunization services increase influenza, pneumococcal vaccination rates
Terri D’Arrigo, reporter
Pharmacy-based immunization services have increased influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations by millions since immunizations became more commonplace in the community pharmacy setting, say researchers in a paper published online in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. In the study,…
May 21, 2018 Article
ALS patients losing time and hope as they wait for insurers to cover a pricey new drug
STAT News (05/21/18) Silverman, Ed
Many ALS patients cannot afford the $145,000 price of the drug edavarone (Radicava—Mitsubishi Tanabe) without insurance, but some insurance provider have denied access to the drug, even though it was approved by FDA last fall for treatment of the disease. Costly medicines can give rise to…
May 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
FDA warns of decreased survival linked to use of pembrolizumab or atezolizumab as monotherapy in some patients in urothelial clinical trials
FDA MedWatch (05/18/18)
FDA is cautioning health care professionals, oncology clinical investigators, and the public about decreased survival associated with the use of pembrolizumab (Keytruda—Merck) or atezolizumab (Tecentriq—Genentech) as monotherapy in clinical trials to treat patients with metastatic…
May 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
FDA: Potential risk of neural tube birth defects from dolutegravir
FDA MedWatch (05/18/18)
FDA warned Friday about serious cases of neural tube birth defects involving the brain, spine, and spinal cord that have been reported in babies born to women with HIV who were treated with dolutegravir. According to preliminary results from an ongoing observational study in Botswana, women who…
May 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Canakinumab for the treatment of autoinflammatory recurrent fever syndromes
New England Journal of Medicine (05/17/18) Vol. 378, No. 20, P. 1908 De Benedetti, Fabrizio; Gattorno, Marco; Anton, Jordi; et al.
To evaluate canakinumab as a treatment for recurrent fever tied to autoinflammatory diseases, researchers recruited patients who were experiencing flares from one of three different syndromes. Study participants were randomized to receive subcutaneous canakinumab or placebo every 4 weeks through…
May 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Simple trick may reduce procedural pain
Clinical Pain Advisor (05/11/18) May, Brandon
Injection-associated procedural pain can be easily alleviated, researchers report, by dripping lidocaine onto a patient's skin just before lidocaine injection. The randomized study, reported in Chest, included nearly 500 patients scheduled for lumbar puncture, peripheral insertion of a central…
May 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
When PBM cuts put lives in jeopardy
Columbus Dispatch (05/21/18) Candisky, Catherine; Schladen, Marty
Pharmacists in several Ohio cities say they have seen a rapid decline in reimbursements—drops of nearly 80%—for buprenorphine hydrochloride, endangering the recovery of addicts caught up in the state's opioid crisis. The decision to cut rates was made by CVS Caremark, the state Medicaid…
May 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Cigna files with SEC to begin $67b Express Scripts acquisition
HealthPayerIntelligence (05/17/2018) Beaton, Thomas
Cigna has filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission for its $67 billion acquisition of Express Scripts. Both companies are urging investors to vote for the merger. They highlight the opportunities to increase customer value, saying that vertically integrating a payer with the…
May 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Dane County pharmacists work to reduce elderly falls by doing medical checks
Wisconsin Public Radio (05/17/18) Mills, Shamane
The United Way chapter of Dane County, WI, is working with pharmacists to help older adults in the area avoid medication mix-ups in an effort to reduce falls. Wisconsin ranks second in fall-related deaths in the United States among those aged 65 years and older, with a rate twice the U.S. average.…
May 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition