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U.S. Lawmakers Say WHO Opioid Guidelines Too Lax

FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The World Health Organization's pain care guidelines contain false claims about the safety of prescription opioid painkillers and should be withdrawn, two U.S. lawmakers say
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Most Patients at High Risk of Opiate Overdose Do Not Receive Naloxone Rx

FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Patients at high risk of opioid overdose rarely receive prescriptions for naloxone, despite many interactions with the health care system, according to a study published online May 3 in JAMA Network Open
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California Bill to Tighten Vaccine Exemptions Moves Forward

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- A bill that would tighten control over vaccination exemptions for children in California was sent by state senators to the Assembly on Wednesday
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High-Deductible Health Plans May Be Harmful for Patients With COPD

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- For patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) are associated with increased likelihood of reporting foregoing care because of costs and cost-related nonadherence, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society 2019 International Conference, held from May 17 to 22 in Dallas
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Half-Price Version of Humalog Insulin Now Available

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- A half-price version of Humalog insulin is now available in the United States, Eli Lilly said Wednesday
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CDC: Seniors Use Various Strategies to Reduce Rx Costs

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- A proportion of older adults employ strategies to reduce prescription drug costs, according to a May data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics
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Treatment Rates Low for Parents With Opioid Use Disorder

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Rates of treatment are low for parents with opioid use disorder (OUD) or other substance use disorders (SUDs), according to a study published in the May/June issue of the Annals of Family Medicine
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Poor Broadband Penetration in Rural Areas Limits Telemedicine

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Broadband penetration rates are considerably lower in the most rural counties, especially where access to primary care physicians and psychiatrists is inadequate, according to a study published online May 21 in the Annals of Internal Medicine
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Racial Disparity Seen in Prescriptions for Buprenorphine

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Black patients are less likely to receive a buprenorphine prescription to treat opioid use disorder, according to a research letter published online May 8 in JAMA Psychiatry
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Clinical Drug Diversion Costly to Health Care Organizations

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- U.S. health care organizations lost nearly $454 million due to clinical drug diversion in 2018, according to the 2019 Drug Diversion Digest, released by Protenus Inc
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Private Insurers Pay 241 Percent of What Medicare Would Pay

MONDAY, May 20, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Prices paid to hospitals for privately insured patients in 2017 averaged 241 percent of what Medicare would have paid, with wide variation in prices among states, according to a report published by the RAND Corporation
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One-Third of Patients on Statins Do Not Reach Target Thresholds

MONDAY, May 20, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- More than one-third of patients on statin therapy fail to achieve therapeutic thresholds for low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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First Anticoagulant Approved for Preventing VTE Recurrence in Children

FRIDAY, May 17, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Fragmin (dalteparin sodium) injection has been granted the first approval for subcutaneous use in preventing recurrence of symptomatic venous thromboembolism (VTE) in children aged 1 month or older, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced
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FDA Approves Venetoclax for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

FRIDAY, May 17, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Venetoclax (VENCLEXTA) has been approved to treat adult patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday
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Avelumab + Axitinib Approved for Treatment of Renal Cell Carcinoma

FRIDAY, May 17, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Avelumab (BAVENCIO) was approved this week for first-line treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) in combination with axitinib, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced
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Drug Recalls

Updated: May 17, 2019
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Drug Shortages

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Drug Approvals

Updated: May 17, 2019
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Sleep Duration Tied to Adverse Measures of Glycemia

FRIDAY, May 17, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Self-reported short and long sleep are both associated with adverse measures of glycemia among adults with prediabetes, according to a study published online May 10 in Diabetes Care
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Heroin Overdose ED Visits Decreased From 2017 to 2018

FRIDAY, May 17, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- From 2017 to 2018, there was a decrease in heroin overdose emergency department visits, although the declines were not consistent among states, according to a study published online May 16 in the American Journal of Public Health
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Cannabis Legalization Not Tied to Higher Health Care Utilization

THURSDAY, May 16, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Legalization of recreational cannabis is not associated with changes in health care utilization, as measured by length of stay or health care costs, according to a study published in the May issue of BMJ Open
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Smartphone App Could Help Diagnose Ear Infections

THURSDAY, May 16, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- A smartphone could be used as a screening tool for detecting the presence of middle ear fluid, according to a proof-of-concept study published in the May 15 issue of Science Translational Medicine
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Opioid Quantity Prescribed After Musculoskeletal Injury Tied to Prolonged Use

WEDNESDAY, May 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Opioid- naive patients treated for a surgical musculoskeletal injury, the quantity of opioid prescribed, but not opioid type, is associated with prolonged opioid use, according to a study published in the May 1 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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Thyroid Hormones Not Endorsed for Subclinical Hypothyroidism

WEDNESDAY, May 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Thyroid hormones are not recommended for adults with subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH), according to an article published online May 14 in The BMJ
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Patients Find Note Reading Important for Health Management

TUESDAY, May 14, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Patients find note reading important for their health management and are rarely troubled by what they read, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research
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Late-Onset Type 1 Diabetes Often Misdiagnosed as Type 2

TUESDAY, May 14, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Type 1 diabetes diagnosed in those older than age 30 years is clinically and biologically similar to disease occurring at younger ages but is often misidentified, according to a study recently published in Diabetologia
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Heart Patients at Risk When Pharmacies Close

MONDAY, May 13, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- When pharmacies close, people with heart disease stop taking widely used heart medications, such as statins, beta-blockers, and oral anticoagulants, according to a study published online April 19 in JAMA Network Open
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Health Professionals Supportive of Medicinal Cannabis

MONDAY, May 13, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Health professionals are generally supportive of medicinal cannabis use but report a lack of knowledge about its use, according to a review published online May 6 in PLOS ONE
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CDC: Hepatitis A Virus Reports Increased in 2016 to 2018

FRIDAY, May 10, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- From 2016 to 2018, there was an increase in reports of hepatitis A cases, according to research published in the May 10 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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Fatal Overdoses Reduced With Pharmacist Dispensation of Naloxone

FRIDAY, May 10, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Only state naloxone access laws (NALs) allowing direct dispensing of naloxone by pharmacists appear to be useful in cutting fatal overdose rates, according to a study published online May 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine
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