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Two of the nation’s largest drug distributors shipped 12.3 million doses of opioids to a single pharmacy in a small West Virginia town over an 8-year period, the House Energy and Commerce Committee revealed Thursday. The Family Discount Pharmacy in Mount Gay-Shamrock received the drugs from McKesson and Cardinal Health between 2006 and 2014.
The Office of the Actuary at CMS on Wednesday released the projected national health expenditures for 2017–2026. National health expenditure growth is expected to average 5.5% annually over the next decade 2017–2026.
The scourge of crystal methamphetamine has been all but forgotten amid national concern over the opioid crisis. But 12 years after Congress took aggressive action to curtail it, meth has returned with a vengeance. In Oregon, meth-related deaths vastly outnumber those from heroin. At the U.S.
Evidence lacking for providers to recommend OTC supplements
A report released Monday by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said five opioid manufacturers have paid more than $10 million to advocacy groups and doctors tied to them, many of whom amplified industry messages supporting the use of the opioids.
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Purdue Pharma says it will stop promoting oxycodone (OxyContin) and other opioids to U.S. doctors. The company will continue selling the products, but Purdue's sales force "will no longer be visiting offices to engage in discussions about opioid products," the company says.
CVS Health reports it will increase its starting hourly pay to $11 for U.S. workers. The company, with 240,000 U.S. workers, currently pays a starting wage of $9 an hour, though many employees earn more. CVS Health says that in addition to raising the minimum, it will increase pay for lower-wage retail workers at its nearly 10,000 U.S. stores.
A pharmacist's preliminary research suggesting that some diabetes patients may be injecting medicine that has partially disintegrated is causing concern.