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Trump signs executive order to compel disclosure of health care prices
Washington Post (06/24/19) Goldstein, Amy
President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order intended to give Americans more information about the cost and quality of health care services to help them comparison shop before they get care. The order requires health officials to propose a regulation within 60 days that would…
Jun 24, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Anticholinergic drug exposure and the risk of dementia
JAMA Internal Medicine (06/24/19) Coupland, Carol A. C.; Hill, Trevor; Dening, Tom; et al.
New research suggests there is a link between dementia and certain classes of anticholinergic drugs. The findings, say the researchers, "highlight the importance of reducing exposure to anticholinergic drugs in middle-aged and older people." The nested case–control study investigated whether…
Jun 24, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
U.S. records 33 new measles cases, mostly in New York
Reuters (06/24/19) Borter, Gabriella; Banerjee, Ankur
Federal health officials reported Monday that the United States recorded 33 new measles cases last week, primarily in New York state. The total number of confirmed measles cases this year is now 1,077, with infections reported in 28 states. According to CDC, 30 of the new cases occurred in New York…
Jun 24, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
For vitiligo patients, new treatments offer hope
New York Times (06/24/19) Brody, Jane E.
Although a cure remains elusive, dermatologists have learned more about the skin condition vitiligo over the years and, thus, better ways to treat it. In patients who have the disorder, the immune system attacks cells known as melanocytes that pigment the skin, causing splotchy white patches all…
Jun 24, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Patients with feared superbug shed large amounts of it from their skin, study says
STAT News (06/24/19) Branswell, Helen
Researchers have completed a new study that aimed to learn more about the new superbug Candida auris and how to treat the highly drug-resistant fungus. What they now know is that infected hospital patients—usually those in the ICU or other areas of advanced care—shed it from their skin…
Jun 24, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Walgreens expands safe drug disposal to all pharmacies
Chicago Daily Herald (06/24/19)
Walgreens announced Monday that it will offer free drug disposal options at all of its pharmacies year-round. According to the company, Walgreens pharmacies that do not currently have a safe medication disposal kiosk will now provide DisposeRx packets or other disposal options to safely dispose of…
Jun 24, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
CVS steps up efforts in Michigan to curb pharmacy robberies
Associated Press (06/24/19)
CVS Pharmacy said Monday that it has installed time-delay safes at its pharmacy locations throughout Michigan. The move—aimed at curbing pharmacy robberies and keeping potent medications more secure—affects 318 CVS Pharmacy locations around the state, including those in Target stores.…
Jun 24, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Michigan giving away free nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges to help smokers quit
Fox 2 Detroit (06/20/19)
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is distributing free nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges all summer. Residents who call the Michigan Tobacco Quitline through September 30 will receive up to 8 weeks of resources to quit smoking with help from the CDC Tips From Former Smokers…
Jun 24, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
NCODA patient surveys support the need for medically integrated pharmacies
Evidence-Based Oncology (06/20/19) Hanna, Kirollos S.
Patients with cancer can better manage treatment in their homes by using oral chemotherapies called oncolytics. However, payers are increasingly requiring patients and practices to fill prescriptions through external mail-order pharmacies. Hurdles have emerged from such a model, leading to delays…
Jun 24, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
NH to start offering buprenorphine and naloxone treatment in prisons
Manchester Union Leader (06/17/19) Hayward, Mark
New Hampshire state corrections officials announced that they have started to provide buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone—Indivior) and other addiction treatments to inmates in Concord. This marks the implementation of the state's expanded medically assisted treatment program, which adds…
Jun 24, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition