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Local pharmacies can still have a competitive edge, however

Researchers investigated the effect of post-discharge thromboprophylaxis in patients hospitalized for a medical illness but still at risk for venous thromboembolism upon release. The MARINER clinical trial randomized high-risk patients to a 45-day course of rivaroxaban or to placebo.

Agency also approves new REMS education Blueprint, changes in safety labeling

HHS this week awarded over $1 billion in opioid-specific grants. The awards support the agency's Five-Point Opioid Strategy, which was launched last year and enhanced this week.

Honorees are Lisa Tonrey, Balls Food Stores, Federal Bureau of Prisons pharmacy programs

The Senate on Monday passed legislation enabling pharmacists to inform consumers when it is cheaper to buy a drug without insurance. The Patient Right to Know Act bans the use of gag clauses in insurance plans offered in the private market. The Senate earlier this month passed a similar bill barring these provisions in Medicare.

NEJM study: No real cardiovascular benefit, but daily aspirin may raise risk of hemorrhage

CDC guideline may have contributed to improved prescribing behavior, study finds

New research questions the value of low-dose aspirin for the prevention of heart attacks, strokes, dementia and cancer among healthy older adults.