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As the number of cases of a new coronavirus continues to increase in China, the World Health Organization says it will convene an expert panel to decide whether the outbreak should be considered a global health emergency. China has confirmed more than 200 infections with the new virus, including four deaths.

Pharmacists have a chance to make a huge advancement for their profession—but they have to do it today. Tell CMS that pharmacists should be allowed to practice at the top of their license and reimbursed at the right level. APhA is leading a pharmacy-wide effort to submit comprehensive comments to CMS and has created a template that makes adding your voice to the discussion a breeze. Sign the template today and e-mail it to The deadline is today.

BioMarin Pharmaceutical is exploring pricing its experimental gene therapy for hemophilia patients between $2 million and $3 million if it is approved, potentially making it the most expensive drug in the world. BioMarin CEO Jean-Jacques Bienaimé said at the J.P.

Advocate Medical Group plans to close seven of its clinics located in Chicago-area Walgreens stores next month, prompting the Illinois Nurses Association to allege unfair labor practices.

All pharmacists know that for many conditions, medication isn’t enough. True management of chronic diseases takes a 360° approach that includes exercise, smoking cessation, and—unavoidably—nutrition. As trusted and accessible providers, pharmacists can help their patients make healthy food choices and changes. But how?

Newly disclosed data from DEA shows that more than 100 billion doses of oxycodone and hydrocodone were shipped nationwide from 2006 through 2014. In July, it was reported that U.S. drug companies had manufactured and distributed more than 76 billion pain tablets.

Patients who received focused care and education from pharmacists while transitioning out of the hospital showed higher satisfaction and lower readmission rates, according to research presented at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) 54th Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition.

CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo said Monday that the pharmacy chain is on track to meet its goal of overhauling more than 1,000 of its stores and said the chain is seeing positive early results.

On Wednesday, January 8, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) released a statement on a case winding its way through the courts.

Newly released CDC data indicate that the percentage of U.S adults aged 18 to 26 who have received any dose of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine nearly doubled between 2013 and 2018. It increased from 22% in 2013 to 40% in 2018 for these young adults who’d received one or more doses of HPV vaccine.