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Interview with Dr. David Healy
By Jason Poquette
There are many roads one can travel on within the world of medicine. Some take their training down the pathway of clinical practice and patient care. Others will steer themselves toward the scholarly street of science and studies. A few apply their brains to the boulevard of books and blogs. And some head straight for the highway and become internationally recognized innovators. Dr. David Healy is one of a few to actually manage all of the above.
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Map: Bad Rx decisions cost poor US states most
Express Scripts
The U.S. wasted $418 billion in 2012 based on bad medication-related decisions, and the impact was most deeply felt in those states that could least afford it, according to new research Express Scripts recently released. While these costly decisions impact the entire nation, analysis shows that they have a disproportionate effect on the poorest states.
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Pharmacists work to boost patient satisfaction scores
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
The Medicare program's focus on patient satisfaction is providing opportunities for pharmacists to use their medication expertise to help make the hospital stay as pleasant as possible for patients. One way pharmacists are doing this is by focusing on the medication-related questions in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey.
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Kroger pharmacy expansion is contaminated by a compounder
Forbes
The compounding pharmacy scandal has caused still more collateral damage, and this time it involves one of the largest supermarket chains in the U.S. Who are we talking about? Kroger, owner of Axium Healthcare Pharmacy, a specialty operator that the food and pharmacy retailer purchased last year in a bid to broaden its already large and fast-growing pharmacy business.
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Study shows dialysis patients who use DaVita Rx live longer
Renal Business Today
DaVita, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners, announced study results showing that, on average, patients using its pharmacy, DaVita Rx, are 21 percent more likely to live longer than patients who do not use DaVita Rx. The study, recently published by the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, also found that dialysis patients who use DaVita Rx spent 14 percent fewer days in the hospital each year, which equates to 1.8 fewer hospital days per patient per year.
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California bill would accord pharmacists provider status
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
A bill to recognize California pharmacists as "healthcare providers who have the authority to provide healthcare services" was introduced Feb. 21 in the state Senate and amended April 1. "There's the potential it could be signed by the governor in September," said Dawn Benton, executive vice president of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists, a co-sponsor of the bill.
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Clot-busting in pulmonary embolism: Worth the risk?
Pharmacy Practice News
Physicians treating unstable patients with pulmonary embolism should, in most cases, administer thrombolytic therapy regardless of a patient's age or comorbidities, Michigan State University researchers suggest. Unfortunately, that message is not getting across to clinicians, according to the investigators. In their database study of 72,230 unstable patients with PE — a blockage of arteries in the lungs caused by clots moving from the legs — only one-third of the patients in shock or on a ventilator received thrombolytic therapy.
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FAQ breaks down flu fundamentals
American Pharmacists Association
The American Academy of Microbiology has issued an influenza FAQ that provides no-nonsense, science-based responses to common questions surrounding the virus.
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Independent pharmacist testifies on enhancing pharmaceutical supply chain safety
National Community Pharmacists Association
Tim Davis, owner of Beaver Health Mart Pharmacy in Beaver, Pa., testified on behalf of the National Community Pharmacists Association at the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on making the pharmaceutical supply chain more secure and safe. With legislation having recently been introduced in both the House and Senate, Davis' remarks focused on the need for more uniform standards; expressed concerns about potentially burdensome legislative requirements on small-business community pharmacies; and highlighted how pharmacies are already addressing the problem.
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New diabetes guidelines take comprehensive approach
Pharmacy Times
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists has released new diabetes guidelines that provide algorithms for treatment but also call for therapy to be tailored to the needs of individual patients. For the first time, the guidelines also incorporate obesity, prediabetes and cardiovascular health management, in recognition of the ways these factors interact with diabetes.
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APhA to CMS: Include MTM in medical loss ratio calculation
American Pharmacists Association
In April 16 comments on a CMS proposed rule on medical loss ratio requirements for Medicare Advantage and Part D, APhA recommended that pharmacist-provided medication therapy management be specifically listed as a healthcare quality — improving activity included in the calculation of MLR.
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Map: Bad Rx decisions cost poor US states most
Express Scripts
The U.S. wasted $418 billion in 2012 based on bad medication-related decisions, and the impact was most deeply felt in those states that could least afford it, according to new research Express Scripts recently released.

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Bath salts aren't just for the bathtub anymore
By Cynthia Sheppard Solomon
Another emergency room admission: overheated, strongly odorous, profusely sweating, tachycardia, severe chest pain, shortness of breath, severe agitation and paranoia.

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Tylenol can ease anxiety over fear of dying
Medical News Today
An over-the-counter pain reliever can also be used to deal with existential worry — anxiety that comes from thinking about death — according to new research from the University of British Columbia.

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MEDICATION UPDATES


US sues Novartis over kickback
Reuters
The U.S. government recently announced its second civil fraud lawsuit against Novartis AG in four days, accusing a unit of the Swiss drugmaker of paying multimillion-dollar kickbacks to doctors in exchange for prescribing its drugs.
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Prenatal valproate exposure linked to autism
Medsacpe
Maternal use of valproate during pregnancy was associated with a significantly increased risk for autism in offspring, even after adjustment for parental psychiatric disease and epilepsy, in a large Danish registry study.
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In ranking of superbugs, Klebsiella takes the lead
Pharmacy Practice News
Hospital pharmacists face several challenges in helping manage antibiotic-resistant, gram-negative superbugs that produce carbapenemases. One of the most worrisome is carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae.
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Side-effect concerns, herbal options among reasons for not filling statins scripts
Medscape
In a small survey of patients who failed to fill their prescription for statin therapy, more than half reported not doing so because of concerns about side effects, while 2 out of every 3 patients expressed general concerns about taking the lipid-lowering medication. Similarly, a majority of patients decided to try making changes to their lifestyle before filling the prescription at the pharmacy.
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