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Judge to weigh $17 billion opioid case against Johnson & Johnson
Wall Street Journal (07/15/19) Randazzo, Sara
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. The 7-week trial came to a close Monday as opposing attorneys for the state and the company presented their closing arguments…
Jul 15, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
CDC in Houston Monday touting plan to end HIV
Houston Chronicle (07/15/19) Ackerman, Todd
Top federal health officials traveled to Houston on Monday to publicize the Trump administration's initiative to end the HIV epidemic in a city with one of the nation's highest rates of new diagnoses. The focus of the effort to cut the rate of new infections by better deploying drugs that stop the…
Jul 15, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
U.S. recorded 14 new cases of measles
Reuters (07/15/19) Borter, Gabriella; Mathias, Tamara
Federal health officials said Monday that 14 new measles cases were recorded between July 3 and July 11, reflecting a slowdown in the spread of the highly infectious disease. Measles has infected 1,123 people in 28 states this year. CDC has recorded smaller increases in the number of new measles…
Jul 15, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Association of lifestyle and genetic risk with incidence of dementia
Journal of the American Medical Association (07/14/19) Lourida, Ilianna; Hannon, Eilis; Littlejohns, Thomas J.; et al.
While certain genetic factors increase the likelihood of dementia, researchers wondered if that risk might be blunted by healthy behaviors such as smoking abstinence, appropriate weight, and moderate alcohol consumption. They undertook a retrospective cohort study that included 196,383 adults aged…
Jul 15, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Efficacy, safety, and tolerability of rimegepant orally disintegrating tablet for the acute treatment of migraine
The Lancet (07/13/19) Croop, Robert; Goadsby, Peter J.; Stock, David A.; et al.
Studies have demonstrated that a standard oral formulation of rimegepant can effectively treat acute migraine, leaving researchers to wonder if a novel orally disintegrating tablet might also deliver relief. To explore, a Phase III trial randomized U.S. patients to treat a single episode of…
Jul 15, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
NIH must ensure sickle cell drug available at reasonable price, group says
FierceHealthcare (07/09/19) King, Robert
An advocacy group called Patients for Affordable Drugs says in a new report that NIH invested $300 million in taxpayer dollars on a gene therapy for sickle cell disease, LentiGlobin BB305 (Bluebird). The report said, "Given the $1 to $2 million price range of recent gene therapies, we are concerned…
Jul 15, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Rite Aid, Google Maps partner on safe medication disposal awareness
Drug Store News (07/15/19) Levy, Sandra
Nationwide, more than 550 medication disposal units are now searchable on Google Maps, Rite Aid and The Rite Aid Foundation announced Monday. "We are constantly looking for additional ways to help combat prescription drug abuse and misuse, which is impacting communities across the country,"…
Jul 15, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Association between e-cigarette use and smoking reduction
JAMA Internal Medicine (07/15/19) Gomajee, Ramchandar; El-Khoury, Fabienne; Goldberg, Marcel; et al.
Electronic cigarette (EC) use was associated with a reduction in smoking among regular smokers, but it was also linked to an increase in relapse among former smokers, according to new research. "Although EC use may help individuals decrease smoking levels and initiate smoking cessation, it is not…
Jul 15, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Kroger Health teams up to launch depression treatment pilot
Chain Drug Review (07/10/19)
Kroger Health has announced that it will help pilot Myriad Genetics' GeneSight pharmacogenomics test with Kroger Prescription Plan members. The genetic test analyzes 12 genes known to affect the clinical performance of 56 common medications used to treat depression. The results of the GeneSight…
Jul 15, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
FDA 'stands ready' to accelerate review of e-cigarettes
CNBC (07/15/19) LaVito, Angelica
Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless said Monday that the agency is prepared to start reviewing e-cigarettes, the use of which has soared among teenagers. While a U.S. District Court last week ordered FDA to start taking applications in 10 months, Sharpless said the agency "stands ready,"…
Jul 15, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition