Patients prescribed Auvi-Q should contact their doctor for a prescription for a new epinephrine auto-injector, Sanofi’s chief medical officer said, and they should also call 877-319-8963 or 866-726-6340 for information about returning the auto-injector and a reimbursement, if needed
Forbes is reporting that CVS and Express Scripts have cut ties with Valeant Pharmaceuticals’ specialty pharmacy Philidor Rx amid investigations into the company’s business practices. “In accordance with CVS/caremark’s standard auditing protocols, over the last several weeks we have been monitoring and reviewing the results of recent audits of Philidor’s practices,” CVS said in a statement. ”Based on the findings from those activities, we have terminated Philidor for noncompliance with the terms of its provider agreement.” (Forbes)
HealthDay is reporting that researchers fromt the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center have found that a person’s use of narcotic painkillers as a teen raises their risk of abuse as an adult by 33%. “Most likely, the initial experience of pain relief is pleasurable and a safe initial experience may reduce perceived danger,” the study’s author Richard Miech said. “A pleasurable and safe initial experience with a drug is a central factor in theories of who goes on to misuse drugs.” (HealthDay)
Some 77% of those polled by the Kaiser Family Foundation in October said that ensuring the affordability of high-cost drugs for patients with chronic conditions should be the government’s top health care priority.