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CMS Office of the Actuary releases 2018-27 projections of national health expenditures
U.S. health spending is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 5.5% in the next decade, CMS's Office of the Actuary reported Wednesday. National health expenditures are expected to reach nearly $6 trillion by 2027, the report said.
FDA warns against young donor plasma infusions promoted to treat a variety of conditions
FDA is cautioning consumers about establishments that are offering infusions of plasma from young donors that claim to treat the effects of a number of conditions, ranging from normal aging and memory loss to dementia, multiple sclerosis, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Drug recalls are more widespread than previously thought
Thousands of drugs are recalled each year after reaching pharmacy shelves and ultimately the homes of unsuspecting people across the country, according to the findings of a recent Kaiser Health News (KHN) investigation. The ever-expanding recalls of medications containing losartan and valsartan have garnered significant attention in the media. However, these recalls may be just one example of a problem that is more widespread than previously thought.
Mild flu season so far, with vaccine providing moderate protection, says CDC report
The flu season strengthened in February, but according to the latest statistics from CDC, this has been a low-severity flu season overall. As outlined in the February 15 issue of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, outpatient visits for flu-like illness are low, as are hospitalization rates. Compared with recent flu seasons, fewer deaths are being attributed to pneumonia and influenza, as well.
Washington state House committee passes bill to ban personal, philosophical vaccine exemptions
A Washington state House committee on February 15 passed a bill to ban the personal or philosophical exemption for the vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) for school-age children amid an outbreak of the highly infectious virus.
January 29, 2019
With pharmacists left out of medication-assisted treatment,…
Every day, more than 100 families suffer the loss of a loved one to an opioid overdose. On November 1, 2018, ours became one of them when my great-niece Chloe Archer lost her battle with opioid use…0 comments
February 19, 2019
APhA Helps Pharmacists Use Appointment-Based Model to Have More Time for Patient Care
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has released a new series of resources to help community-based pharmacists provide patient care services within the appointment-based model (ABM). When used as the foundation of pharmacy practice workflow, the ABM can proactively free up time for pharmacists to further grow relationships with their patients and use the clinical skills they’re highly trained to provide.
APhA is the leading advocate for the pharmacy profession and a driving force in creating opportunities for pharmacists to play a key role in integrated patient care, and ensuring the profession is recognized as essential in optimal medication use. We strive to make your job as a pharmacist easier, by providing the latest industry news, continuing education and professional development opportunities, practice tools, and more, so that you can focus on caring for your patients.