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Surgeon General warns of teen risks from e-cigarettes
Associated Press (12/18/18)
Surgeon General Jerome Adams is warning young people about the risks of e-cigarettes. A survey released Monday found that two times as many high school students used e-cigarettes in 2018 compared with 2017. In a new advisory, Adams called on parents, teachers, health professionals, and government…
Dec 17, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Influenza vaccinations rise sharply in both children and adults
STAT News (12/14/18) Branswell, Helen
CDC reports that the number of children and teens vaccinated against influenza as of mid-November rose by nearly 7 percentage points over last year at that time, and coverage among adults increased by 6.4 percentage points. The figures are based on three CDC-sponsored surveys. CDC believes more…
Dec 17, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Exparel may improve economic, clinical outcomes after TKA
Healio (12/11/2018) Tingle, Casey
New evidence points to benefit from using liposomal bupivacaine (Exparel) for knee replacement surgery. Researchers compared outcomes in tens of thousands of patients who underwent total knee arthroplasty (TKA) with Exparel with a propensity-matched cohort who had the same procedure without…
Dec 17, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Methamphetamine playing bigger role in U.S. drug overdose crisis
Associated Press (12/11/18) Stobbe, Mike
A bigger share of U.S. drug overdose deaths is being caused by methamphetamine, according to CDC. The number of fatal overdoses involving the drug more than tripled between 2011 and 2016, with the percentage of overdose deaths involving methamphetamine growing from less than 5% to nearly 11%.…
Dec 17, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
J&J moves to limit impact of report on asbestos in Baby Powder
Reuters (12/17/18) Spector, Mike
Johnson & Johnson on Monday tried to contain fallout from a report that the company knew for decades that cancer-causing asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder, taking out full-page newspaper ads defending its product and practices. J&J CEO Alex Gorsky defended the company during an appearance…
Dec 17, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Walgreens launches 2018-2019 influenza index
Drug Store News (12/17/18) Levy, Sandra
Walgreens launched on Monday its first influenza index of the season. Now in its fifth season, the Walgreens Flu Index ranks the top markets and states for influenza activity around the country. The index uses Walgreens' prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza from…
Dec 17, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Thrifty White and Emerlyn Technology to partner
Chain Drug Review (12/17/18)
Thrifty White Pharmacy on Monday reported that the partnership between Thrifty White and SureCost, a central ordering application powered by Emerlyn Technology, will now be offered to independent pharmacies through Thrifty White’s Affiliated Pharmacy Program. The partnership is meant to…
Dec 17, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
To expand access to emergency contraception, some colleges try vending machines
Wall Street Journal (12/16/18) Korn, Melissa; West, Melanie Grayce
Several universities around the United States, including Dartmouth and Stanford, have installed vending machines with emergency contraception for students. Although many schools offer free or reduced-cost emergency contraception in their student health centers, campus pharmacies are not always open…
Dec 17, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
MD health plan launches mHealth program for medication adherence
mHealth Intelligence (12/12/18) Wicklund, Eric
University of Maryland Health Partners (UMHP) is rolling out a new mHealth platform to help its Medicaid members with type 2 diabetes improve their medication adherence. The 3-month program combines Baltimore-based emocha's mHealth app, a connected health platform, and a cash reward. The app uses…
Dec 17, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Elizabeth Warren: It's time to let the government manufacture generic drugs
Washington Post (12/17/18) Warren, Elizabeth
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) notes in this commentary that 47 states and the U.S. Department of Justice are investigating a price-fixing conspiracy that is allegedly driving up the cost of generic drugs in the United States. She asserts "the entire pharmaceutical industry runs on government-granted…
Dec 17, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition