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Opening statements were heard Tuesday in the nation's first trial over whether a pharmaceutical company is liable for the opioid crisis.

An electronic tool can help community pharmacists identify gaps in therapy and improve medication recommendations for patients with diabetes, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association on May 20, 2019. The Realo Diabetes Optimization Tool (RDOT), developed by Williams and colleagues, assessed patients’ medication profiles for adherence to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2018 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes guidelines and detected areas for potential interventions.

Now, more than ever, with the reappearance of measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases, it’s all hands on deck and engagement of pharmacists as vital members of the immunization neighborhood is critical. Pharmacists have long been recognized for the vital roles that they play in delivering vaccines and providing education to patients and a wide range of other stakeholders.

FDA on Friday approved onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi (Zolgensma—AveXis), a one-time gene therapy for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

In light of the ongoing measles outbreak in the United States, CDC issued clarifications for health care practitioners who provide adult immunizations. In a letter issued May 17, the agency clarified that recommendations for vaccination and assessing immunity in adults have not changed since the publication of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ 2013 recommendations for the Prevention of Measles, Rubella, Congenital Rubella syndrome, and Mumps.

Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) on Thursday unveiled an unexpectedly ambitious plan to lower the price of prescription drugs. The draft legislation includes several proposals that have the potential to upend PBMs, such as banning spread pricing.

A new congressional report from the offices of Reps. Katherine Clark (D-MA) and Hal Rogers (R-KY) concludes that guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) on treating pain were directly influenced by the pharmaceutical industry, including a set of directions for prescribing opioid analgesics that appear to have been taken from Purdue...

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 complaints and administer fines.

Early pregnancy exposure to any benzodiazepine was associated with an increased risk of miscarriage in women, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry.

CDC recorded 41 new cases of measles in the past week, bringing the total for this year's outbreak to 880. Thirty of the new cases were in New York state, especially in New York City and suburban Rockland County. Cases of measles have now been reported in 24 states.