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Big drugmakers push deeper into cancer treatment
Wall Street Journal (12/10/19) Hopkins, Jared; Roland, Denise
Two of the world's largest drug manufacturers struck multibillion-dollar deals on Monday aimed at bolstering their lineups in the cancer drugs market. Merck announced Monday that it will acquire the biotech company ArQule for approximately $2.7 billion. The biotech firm's drug that's furthest along…
Dec 09, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
When drug adverse effects pose real dangers
New York Times (12/09/19) Brody, Jane E.
Adverse effects associated with a prescription medicine—from minor discomforts to serious issues such as hallucinations, memory loss, and suicidal ideation—can frighten patients into discontinuing a drug regimen without their doctor's OK. That is exactly what they should not do, writes…
Dec 09, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Flu season off to earliest start in more than 15 years
Associated Press (12/06/19)
The U.S. winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years, as an early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly. As to what this portends, "it really depends on what viruses are circulating. There’s not a predictable trend as far as if it's early it…
Dec 09, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Phase III efficacy analysis of a typhoid conjugate vaccine trial in Nepal
New England Journal of Medicine (12/05/19) Vol. 381, No. 23, P. 2209 Shakya, Mila; Colin-Jones, Rachel; Theiss-Nyland, Katherine; et al.
Researchers launched the TyVAC Nepal clinical study to measure the efficacy of a typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) against Salmonella Typhi, a leading cause of pediatric fever in low- and middle-income countries. Based on randomized assignment, 10,005 children received TCV, which the World Health…
Dec 09, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
UnitedHealth's Optum will take over Diplomat Pharmacy in $300 million deal
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal (12/09/19) Reilly, Mark
UnitedHealth Group's Optum unit will buy the specialty pharmacy Diplomat for $300 million. The companies said Diplomat, which is a provider of specialty pharmacy and infusion services, will combine with the OptumRx PBM company. Last year, OptumRx bought Genoa Healthcare, which operates pharmacies…
Dec 09, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Pharmacy students spreading flu shot awareness
Times Daily (AL) (12/08/19) Crouch, Matt
With CDC now considering the flu to be widespread in Alabama, health care officials are increasingly encouraging people to get a flu shot, if they have not already done so. Students in Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy are spreading awareness of the virus and the importance of…
Dec 09, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
As more pro athletes use cannabis for aches and pain, the more they run afoul of rules
Washington Post (12/07/19) Loudin, Amanda
With increasing numbers of states allowing recreational and medicinal cannabis use, and cannabidiol oils, creams, and tinctures sold in stores across the country and online, athletes of all types are testing the waters to see how the substance might fit into their regimens for training aches and…
Dec 09, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
High out-of-pocket costs can make lifesaving medications out of reach for millions of Americans with CD
Medical Xpress (11/25/19)
New research in Circulation reveals that 1 in 8 adults with common heart diseases and stroke delay filling prescriptions, take lower than prescribed doses, or skip taking medications due to cost. Researchers analyzed survey responses from more than 14,000 adults who participated in the National…
Dec 09, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Trump's fine with ditching USMCA prescription drug provision
Axios (12/10/19) Swan, Jonathan; Owens, Caitlin
The announcement of a deal on the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) appears imminent, with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer reportedly traveling to Mexico today to sign a revised version of the pact. President Trump has told Republican leaders he does not want to…
Dec 09, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Pelosi warns progressives against revolt on drug pricing bill
Politico (12/09/19) Ferris, Sarah; Caygle, Heather
Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday warned progressives against any effort to fight back against her drug pricing proposal this week. In a closed-door meeting with lawmakers, Pelosi referenced a discussion among some liberals to block the measure from moving forward unless they can secure key tweaks. "…
Dec 09, 2019 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition