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1 in 4 Antibiotic Prescriptions Isn't Needed: Study

THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Nearly 25 percent of antibiotics prescribed in the United States are given for conditions they aren't meant to treat, a new study finds.
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Opioids Now More Deadly for Americans Than Traffic Accidents

TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- For the first time in history, Americans' risk for dying from an opioid overdose is higher than their risk for dying in a car accident, the National Safety Council reported Monday
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800-662-HELP Underappreciated in Media, General Population

MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration national helpline (800-662-HELP) seems to be underappreciated in the media and by the general population, according to a research letter published online Jan. 14 in JAMA Internal Medicine
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Expanding Pharmacist Practice Scope Could Reduce ED Overcrowding

MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The introduction of emergency department- or community-based pharmacists with an expanded scope of practice may cut emergency department overcrowding, according to a study recently published in Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy
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Prices Still Explain High U.S. Health Care Spending

FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The difference in health spending between the United States and other countries is still explained by health care prices, according to a study published in the January issue of Health Affairs
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Changes to Flu Shot Supply Chain Could Save Lives: Study

FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Problems with flu vaccine distribution in the United States may cost lives and pose a serious threat in the event of a flu pandemic, researchers warn
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Increase in Brand-Name Drug Cost Mainly Due to Existing Drugs

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The costs of oral and injectable brand-name drugs increased from 2008 to 2016, with most of the increase due to existing drugs, while new drugs accounted for cost increases in specialty and generic drugs, according to a study published in the January issue of Health Affairs
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Medical Marketing Has Increased in Past 20 Years

TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- From 1997 through 2016, there was an increase in medical marketing, especially direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising, according to research published in the Jan. 1/8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association
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Multimethod Approach Improves ID of Med Nonadherence

MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- An approach involving a combination of provider report and pharmacy refill data can improve identification of medication nonadherence among youth with chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a study published in the January issue of Pediatric Nephrology
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Many Adults in 50s, Early 60s Worried About Health Insurance

THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Many adults aged 50 to 64 years are concerned about being unable to afford the cost of health insurance, according to the results of the National Poll on Healthy Aging published on Jan. 3
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New Cholesterol Drug's High Price May Not Be Worth It: Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Despite being slashed by half in recent months, the price tag for advanced cholesterol-fighting drugs is still too high to make them cost-effective, a new analysis has concluded
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Low-Priced Generic Drugs Most Likely to Have Shortages

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The lowest-priced generic drugs are more likely to experience shortages, according to a study published in the November issue of Value in Health
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ADA 2019 Standards of Care Emphasize Patient-Centered Care

THURSDAY, Dec. 20, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Patient-centered care is emphasized in updated clinical practice recommendations from the American Diabetes Association 2019 Standards of Care, published as a supplement to the January issue of Diabetes Care
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CDC: ~65 Percent of U.S. Women Currently Using Contraceptives

THURSDAY, Dec. 20, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Almost two-thirds of U.S. women aged 15 to 49 years were currently using contraception in 2015 to 2017, according to a December data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics
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Affordable Care Act Sign-Ups Higher Than Expected

THURSDAY, Dec. 20, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Despite numerous difficulties, early figures show that sign-ups for health coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act are higher than expected
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Failure of Timely Stop to Certain Prescription Drugs Is Common

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Legacy prescribing of certain drugs, such as antidepressants and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), is common, according to a study published in the November/December issue of the Annals of Family Medicine
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Enrollment Under the Affordable Care Act Down From Last Year

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is down with just days left to sign up, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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Most Bills Enacted Into Law Limit Vaccine Exemptions

THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Most proposed bills in state legislatures from 2011 to 2017 sought to expand access to immunization exemptions, but the majority of bills enacted into law limited exemptions, according to a study published online Nov. 29 in the American Journal of Public Health
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ACA Coverage Substantial, but Did Not Impact Labor Markets

MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Millions of workers gained insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without adverse effects on labor markets, according to a report published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute
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Better Work Environment Tied to Better Patient Safety

TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The results of a recent survey of thousands of nurses and patients show that hospital patient safety remains a serious concern, according to a study published in the November issue of Health Affairs
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Health Officers Express Concerns About Vaccine Exemptions

MONDAY Oct. 29, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- After the passage of Senate Bill 277 (SB277) in California, which eliminated nonmedical vaccine exemptions for school entry, health officers and immunization staff reported concerns including an increase in medical exemptions, according to a study published online Oct. 29 in Pediatrics
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