Tackling Patients’ Social Problems Can Cut Health Costs

By Sarah Varney January 23, 2017 HOUSTON — Donning a protective gown, rubber gloves and a face mask, Dayna Gurley looks like she’s heading into surgery. But Gurley is a medical social worker charged with figuring out why her client, a man who uses more health care services than almost anyone else in Houston, has…

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Crucial California HIV Program In Disarray After Contract Switch

By Anna Gorman January 13, 2017 A change in contractors for a state-run AIDS program has resulted in enrollment delays and left some patients unable to get necessary medications and timely medical care, according to legislators and nonprofit organizations across California. The AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which helps more than 30,000 low-income HIV and AIDS…

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Drug Price Transparency Before California Lawmakers Again

By Pauline Bartolone December 7, 2016 A key California lawmaker has reintroduced legislation intended to make drug price increases more transparent, vowing to take up arms again with the pharmaceutical industry over runaway costs. Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), who chairs the Senate Committee on Health, this week announced a measure that would require pharmaceutical…

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California’s Drug Price Initiative: Will Voters ‘Send A Signal To Washington’?

By Pauline Bartolone November 7, 2016 This year, Mary O’Connor and her father made voting a family affair. O’Connor’s father is a Vietnam veteran, so she was especially interested in his views on Proposition 61, a California ballot measure that would peg the state’s payments for prescription drugs to prices paid by the Department of…

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VA Shifts To Clinical Pharmacists To Help Ease Patients’ Long Waits

By Phil Galewitz October 31, 2016 MADISON, WIS. — Something astonishing has happened in the past year to outpatient treatment at the Veterans Affairs hospital here. Vets regularly get next-day and even same-day appointments for primary care now, no longer waiting a month or more to see a doctor as many once did. The reason…

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Drug Prices, Not The Health Law, Top Voters’ Health Priorities For 2017

By Julie Rovner October 28, 2016 Until this week, when big increases in insurance premiums were unveiled for next year, the federal health law has not been a major issue in the presidential election. In fact, fixing what ails the Affordable Care Act isn’t even among voters’ top priorities for health issues for next year,…

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Trick or Treat Scary Monsters Lurking Everywhere

Halloween is upon us and the Monster Mash begins In pharmacy the Monsters are lurking everywhere, the dreaded PBM’s, Mail Order Pharmacies, Specialty Pharmacies, Part D Preferred Networks, DIR Fees, Unfair Audits, Open Enrollment… and the list goes on and on. As all these monsters jump out at you at every turn, you rise above…

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Government-Protected ‘Monopolies’ Drive Drug Prices Higher, Study Says

By Sydney Lupkin August 26, 2016 The “most important factor” that drives prescription drug prices higher in the United States than anywhere else in the world is the existence of government-protected “monopoly” rights for drug manufacturers, researchers at Harvard Medical School report today. The researchers reviewed thousands of studies published from January 2005 through July…

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HIV PrEP and The Role of The Pharmacist CE Event (0.1 CEU)

Webinar: Tuesday, September 6th at 3:00 PM PDT Getting to Zero HIV infections, Zero HIV Discrimination and Zero AIDS related Deaths is a bold initiative. The community pharmacist is in a unique role to provide HIV testing, counseling and linkage to care information to their community. The pharmacist plays a crucial role in the delivery…

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Sen. Hernandez Pulls Bill On Drug Price Transparency

By Ana B. Ibarra August 17, 2016 After being approved by a key committee last week, a bill that would have required drug companies to justify treatment costs and price hikes was pulled by its author on Wednesday. Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) said that he introduced the bill “with the intention of shedding light…

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