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In Texas, pharmacists can now be included in provider networks for all commercial health plans and be reimbursed for services they provide that are within their scope of practice.

U.S. drug overdose deaths last year dropped for the first time in nearly 2 decades, federal health officials reported Wednesday. According to CDC, the total number of fatal drug overdoses in the United States last year declined by about 5%.

Newly released data show that drug companies shipped billions of doses of oxycodone and hydrocodone across the United States as the nation's drug epidemic skyrocketed.

The pharmacy community suffered another disappointment at the hands of the Trump administration when a planned end to “safe harbor” protections under the federal anti-kickback statute for the rebates prescription drug manufacturers pay to PBMs was scuttled. The ambitious proposal reportedly could not withstand fears it would increase premiums for Medicare Part D beneficiaries—a frequent PBM talking point. Advocates for direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) reform were still reeling from May’s abandonment of a CMS Medicare rule requiring all price concessions to be assessed at point of sale.

Oklahoma's $17 billion lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals subsidiary is now in the hands of Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman.

Novartis announced on July 9 that it will make its generic prefilled epinephrine shots (Symjepi) immediately available in all U.S. pharmacies.

With measles cases climbing to nearly 2,000 this summer, awareness about the MMR vaccine is more significant than it has been in decades—the same goes for access.

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a lower court decision blocking a revised set of Trump administration rules allowing employers with religious or moral objections to opt out of providing their workers with birth-control coverage.

President Trump signed on Wednesday an executive order aimed at improving medical care for people with kidney disease.

With the "season" for acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) approaching, CDC is urging health care professionals to rapidly recognize the symptoms of the disease and report all suspected to cases to their local health department.