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APhA applauds the National Academy of Medicine on its landmark clinical well-being report
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) applauds the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) on its new consensus report Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being that was publicly released on October 23, 2019.  The report outlines six goals…
Oct 23, 2019 Press Release
Biogen, in reversal, will seek FDA approval for Alzheimer's drug
Wall Street Journal (10/23/19) Walker, Joseph
Biogen CEO Michel Vounatsos said Tuesday the drug manufacturer will seek regulatory approval early next year for an Alzheimer's disease drug that had been considered a lost cause after the company pulled the plug on late-stage studies because of disappointing results. Biogen officials took a closer…
Oct 22, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
What causes a mysterious paralysis in children? Researchers find viral clues
New York Times (10/21/19) Belluck, Pam
Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM)—a neurological condition that primarily affects young children—is rare; but in 2014, health authorities witnessed a surge of 120 cases. Since then, nearly 600 cases have been confirmed nationwide, with cases tending to spike every 2 years. A new study in…
Oct 22, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Association between pregnancy outcomes and RAIT after thyroidectomy among women with thyroid cancer
JAMA Internal Medicine (10/21/19) Kim, Hye Ok; Lee, Kyungjong; Lee, Sang Moo; et al.
Researchers in South Korea examined whether radioactive iodine treatment (RAIT) following thyroidectomy for differentiated thyroid carcinoma elevates the risk of unfavorable pregnancy outcomes. The population-based cohort study captured data from 111,459 thyroidectomy patients of childbearing age…
Oct 22, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Association of cigarette type with lung cancer incidence and mortality
JAMA Internal Medicine (10/21/19) Tanner, Nichole T.; Thomas, Nina A.; Ward, Ralph; et al.
In a secondary analysis of data from the National Lung Screening Trial, researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina explored whether cigarette properties correlated with lung cancer outcomes. The sample included 14,123 trial participants who filled out detailed smoking questionnaires.…
Oct 22, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
New vaping study links e-liquids to some lung inflammation
CNN (10/16/19) Howard, Jacqueline
Propylene glycol and glycerin, ingredients used in vaping mixtures known as e-liquids, may lead to some inflammation in the lungs, according to a small study in Cancer Prevention Research. The study found that people who had never smoked, after using e-cigarettes just twice daily for a month, had…
Oct 22, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Advice to give women anticoagulants after C-sections draws fire
Wall Street Journal (10/23/19) Hopkins, Jared
Doctors are criticizing a recent recommendation from medical experts to give anticoagulants to nearly all women who give birth by caesarean section, warning the advice may be unsafe and tainted by potential conflicts of interest. Hospitals across the United States have been adopting the…
Oct 22, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
State announces new opioid disposal program
Associated Press (10/21/19)
A new program in Ohio will provide injured workers with drug disposal bags when they are prescribed opioids. According to Gov. Mike DeWine, the program aims to safely dispose of any unused opioids and prevent addiction when injured workers are prescribed opioids as part of an Ohio Bureau of Workers…
Oct 22, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
CVS Health steps up safe drug disposal strategy
Boston Business Journal (10/21/19) Bartlett, Jessica
As part of its nationwide initiative to increase safe drug disposal options, CVS Health is doubling the number of in-store drug disposal kiosks in its Massachusetts stores. The company says it will install an additional 56 safe medication disposal kiosks in the state, adding to the 42 kiosks…
Oct 22, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Survey looks at how state Medicaid programs handle 340B
HealthLeaders Media (10/15/19) O'Brien, Jack
At present, drugs cannot be subject to discounts under both Medicaid rebates and the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Furthermore, 340B drugs cannot be prescribed to Medicaid beneficiaries unless the state can identify the drugs and exclude them from Medicaid rebate requests. A new survey by Manatt,…
Oct 22, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition