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COVID-19 drug remdesivir to cost $3,120 for typical patient
Wall Street Journal (06/29/20) Walker, Joseph
Gilead Sciences announced Monday that it expects to charge U.S. hospitals $3,120 for a typical COVID-19 patient who requires its drug remdesivir. Gilead will start charging for the drug in July, but federal and state officials will continue to determine which hospitals receive it. Gilead expects to…
Jun 29, 2020 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
FDA approves breast cancer treatment that can be administered at home by health care professional
FDA News Release (06/29/20)
FDA approved on Monday a fixed-dose combination of pertuzumab, trastuzumab and hyaluronidase–zzxf (Phesgo—Genentech) that is administered subcutaneously for the treatment of adults with early and metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer. Phesgo is initially used in combination with…
Jun 29, 2020 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Many COVID-19 patients have terrifying delirium
New York Times (06/28/20) Belluck, Pam
Hospital delirium, a condition mostly observed in older adults, is striking COVID-19 patients of all ages. As many as three-quarters of coronavirus patients experience it in the intensive care unit, thanks to prolonged mechanical ventilation, heavy sedation, treatment of complications like kidney…
Jun 29, 2020 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
FDA approves first-line immunotherapy for patients with MSI-H/dMMR metastatic colorectal cancer
FDA News Release (06/29/20)
FDA has approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda—Merck & Co.) for I.V. injection for the first-line treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) or mismatch repair deficient (dMMR) colorectal cancer. According to FDA, "This marks the first…
Jun 29, 2020 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Fish oil and vitamin D fail in knee OA
MedPage Today (06/27/20) Walsh, Nancy
Amid mixed results from earlier research, new evidence suggests that taking vitamin D or fish oil supplements—both of which boast anti-inflammatory properties—does not relieve chronic knee pain in older adults. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston conducted a secondary…
Jun 29, 2020 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Uptick in U.S. nonopioid pain med prescriptions
Medscape (06/24/20) Brooks, Megan
New data from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reveals that approximately 1 in 10 adults nationwide take prescription medication to manage pain. Researchers at NCHS analyzed cross-sectional data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. From 2015–18, 10.7%…
Jun 29, 2020 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
FBI warns of fraudulent coronavirus antibody tests
New York Times (06/29/20) Morales, Christina
On June 26, the FBI released a warning about people falsely advertising COVID-19 antibody tests in order to gather personal information that could be used to commit identity theft or medical insurance fraud. These people are contacting consumers and claiming they work on behalf of government, or…
Jun 29, 2020 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Walgreens teams to expand HIV self-testing in high-need areas during COVID-19
Chain Drug Review (06/25/20)
Walgreens is partnering with Greater Than AIDS, a public information initiative of KFF, on a program to provide 10,000 OraQuick In-Home HIV Test kits to support expanded testing options in high-need areas. Local health agencies and organizations will distribute the FDA-approved, self-administered…
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Program expanding role of pharmacists launches in Cincinnati
Cincinnati Business Courier (06/25/20) Cieslewicz, Bill
Buckeye Health Plan, a Columbus, OH-based insurance company, is expanding the role of pharmacists in an effort to boost patients' health outcomes. The initiative is being conducted at two Federally Qualified Health Centers: Cincinnati-based Primary Health Solutions (along with Christ Hospital) and…
Jun 29, 2020 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
FDOH partners with pantries and pharmacies to bring residents more access to testing
WESH NewsChannel 2 (Central Florida) (06/25/20) Mellado, Megan
In Florida, where cases of COVID-19 have been increasing, the state Department of Health has teamed up with some pharmacies and drive-through food pantries to offer testing for the virus. At Prescriptions Unlimited in St. Cloud, pharmacy owner Eric Larson says lines have been wrapped around the…
Jun 29, 2020 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition