The legislation enables seniors in medically underserved communities to access those pharmacists’ patient care services which are allowed by state scope of practice laws through Medicare Part B coverage.
The Boston Globe reports that if there were a measles outbreak, one-in-eight children — particularly young children — would contract the virus, based on research from Emory University, and immunization is the most critical way to prevent that. “If we do start to see immunization levels dip down a little bit and we see those dips sustained, we could start to lose that overall population level immunity,” study author Robert Bednarczyk said. “And if measles get introduced, we may start seeing larger and more severe outbreaks.” (Boston Globe)
The distinction recognizes CVS/specialty's commitment to helping people with arthritis and joint pain, and builds on the longstanding relationship between the two organizations. CVS/pharmacy is currently the exclusive retail drug store partner of the Arthritis Foundation.
The New York Times outlines the controversy surrounding the recent FDA approval of Oxycontin in children. “Just because OxyContin has been abused or prescribed inappropriately doesn’t mean we should deprive the children who need the drug,” Kathleen Neville, pediatric oncologist at Arkansas Children's Hospital told The New York Times, adding it is “our obligation to have the best level of evidence for its use in children.” (The New York Times)
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According to CBS Miami, the Florida Board of Pharmacy has adopted a rule change that looks to help pharmacists ensure that patients who need prescribed controlled substances can get them. “Instead of starting out with trying to find a reason to doubt a prescription, you start off with an assumption that everything in the prescription is good, and you work towards achieving patient access,” Florida Pharmacy Association EVP Michael Jackson said. (CBS Miami)
More than 80% of Americans support medical school and physician residency programs to provide training for physicians in how to treat chronic pain and how to detect and treat addiction to prescription pain medication.
Express Scripts this week announced that it would include two new drugs in a new class of cholesterol treatment in its National Preferred Formulary.
Approximately 4 in 5 U.S. adults in their 40s (80%) and 50s (83%) reported concern around the security of their health data.
Camber Pharmaceuticals has rolled out its generic version of Mirapex and Plavix.