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Can pharmacists help patients afford their drugs?
By Jason Poquette
Ever since the release of the latest Hepatitis C drug, which sells for $1,000 per pill, it seems there has been more attention than ever given to the often unaffordable price of some prescription medications. But it isn’t just the rare specialty medication that is pinching the pockets of the American public these days.
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Pharmacist provider status
Pharmacy Times
Could the effort to achieve pharmacist provider status become the vehicle to bring the broad pharmacy community together? Could that level of broad support from the pharmacy community accomplish something monumental for the profession? Inherent in these two questions is the idea that, at least at times, different segments of pharmacy have worked against one another in the legislative arena. However, the past few years have seen a growing coalescence of pharmacy organizations around common interests.
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Pharmacists help reduce readmissions among high-risk patients
FierceHealthcare
Readmissions could drop as much as 20 percent if community pharmacists work with high-risk patients after discharge on counseling and medication management, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Cincinnati's James L Winkle College of Pharmacy said hospitals were less likely to readmit patients who saw a pharmacist after discharge than those who didn't.
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Health plans bring pressure to bear on drug prices
The New York Times
In dealing with health plans, drug companies are facing a new imperative — bargain or be banned. Determined to slow the rapid rise in drug prices, more health plans are refusing to cover certain drugs unless the companies charge less for them. The strategy appears to be getting pharmaceutical makers to compete on price. Some big-selling products, like the respiratory medicine Advair and the diabetes drug Victoza, have suffered precipitous declines in market share because Express Scripts, the biggest pharmacy benefits manager, recently stopped paying for them for many patients.
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What is Big Pharma's core competency?
By Mike Wokasch
Specifically identifying and defining your core competency — what a company does really well and perhaps better than anyone else — is a key strategic determination for any business. Successful businesses focus resources around exploiting their core competencies to deliver value through their products or service offerings. In a mature industry like pharmaceuticals, you might think that determining a drug company's core competency would be pretty obvious. You also might think that most Big Pharma companies have this well sorted out. Well, I'm not so sure.
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Access to patient data key to success
Pharmacy Practice News
Ambulatory care pharmacists need increased access to electronic medical records and health information exchange networks, according to presenters at the inaugural American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Ambulatory Care Conference and Summit. "Pharmacists need to have access to all information ... across the care continuum, if we are to support safe, efficient and effective medication use," said Dr. Kelly Epplen, BCACP, an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences at the University of Cincinnati's James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, in Ohio.
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Contraception controversy: The pharmacist's perspective
Pharmacy Times
Few of us think about the individual — and sometimes unique — drugs we'll need to dispense when we start pharmacy school. Some of those drugs are controversial and can stir emotions. This article presents facts and offers information and a stepwise approach to developing an informed approach regarding refusal to dispense contraceptives.

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The only 3 things you need to know to be a good pharmacist
By Greg L. Alston
For the past seven years, I have worked as an associate professor at the Wingate University School of Pharmacy in North Carolina. After working in the retail drug industry since 1977, I had this strange notion that I might be able to help students balance the heavily acute-care clinical education with the more streetwise practical elements of community pharmacy.

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Scientists reverse Type 1 diabetes in mice
HealthDay News
Scientists who reversed Type 1 diabetes in mice say their results might lead one day to new ways to help people with the blood sugar disease. Type 1 diabetes accounts for about 5 percent of all diabetes cases and is typically diagnosed in children and young adults. There is no cure for the disease, but it can be controlled by taking insulin.

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MEDICATION UPDATES


FDA: Dr Reddy's recalls over 13,000 bottles of hypertension drug
Reuters
India's Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd is recalling 13,560 bottles of the high blood pressure drug metoprolol succinate in the U.S. after it failed a dissolution test, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. Metoprolol succinate extended release is a cheaper generic form of AstraZeneca Plc's Toprol XL. Wockhardt Ltd also recalled 109,744 bottles of the same drug last month citing the same reason.
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Study sheds light on best medication for children with seizures
Pharmaceutical Processing
A recently published clinical study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has answered an urgent question that long puzzled ER pediatricians: Is the drug lorazepam really safer and more effective than diazepam — the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved medication as first line therapy most often used by emergency room doctors to control major epileptic seizures in children?
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Teen suicide tries increased after FDA toughened antidepressant warning
Harvard Health Publications
A few years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warnings that children and teens who took a common kind of antidepressant might experience suicidal thoughts. The point of the warning was to make sure that parents and doctors paid closer attention to kids taking these medications. But the plan may have backfired.
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US gets a new flu vaccine factory
NBC News
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new U.S. site to make cell-based flu vaccine, saying it will add 50 million doses to the domestic capacity for making shots. The plant in Holly Springs, North Carolina, is owned by Novartis, but it got a healthy shot in the arm with $487 million in investments by the U.S. government. The Health and Human Services Department considers U.S.-made flu vaccines an important defense against both seasonal influenza and any pandemics of new flu.
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