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PHARMACY BEST PRACTICES

Fourteen things Trump needs to know about opioidsAs President Trump promises fight the opioid epidemic, here are 14 things experts want him to know.
Are non-opioid therapies more desirable than opioids for chronic pain?A new study from researchers from the Minneapolis VA Health Care System has interesting findings.
Autoimmune drug pipeline: What health execs should watchNew drugs for RA, psoriasis, type 1 diabetes and Crohn’s disease—some recently approved and others coming down the pipeline—could have an impact on the industry.
What's missing in hep C drugsPayers have unmet needs in the changing hepatitis C (HCV) space, according to a recent survey. The survey, from Precision for Value, highlights what can be done to encourage payers to ease coverage policies for these drugs in the next wave of HCV treatment.
Opinion: Substance use disorder privacy law limits both payers, prescribersTwo University of Massachusetts Medical School pharmacists make the case to reform or align 42 CFR Part 2 with HIPAA to better serve patients with substance use disorder.
Game-changing cholesterol-buster further reduces heart attack, strokeA new outcomes study shows that the PCSK9 inhibitor Repatha significantly reduced the risk of hard major adverse cardiovascular events in high-risk patients by 20%.
Partnership aims to make insulin more affordableCVS, Novo Nordisk launch a prescription savings program to help patients afford essential medications.
One plan’s unique approach to combat diabetes, obesityThis novel approach aims to help those already struggling with obesity and diabetes, but eventually win the fight against this epidemic.
Four steps managed care can take to promote antimicrobial stewardshipThe call for antimicrobial stewardship is growing. Enact these steps to prevent a return to the pre-antibiotic era.
Prescribing practices that increase risk of opioid overdoseTwo studies, one from Prime Therapeutics and Stanford, reveal an alarming increase in overdose with concurrent use of opioids and benzodiazepines. Here’s how managed care can help.