Mich’s Monday Mantra “Reflections On Memorial Day”

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Welcome to Mich’s Monday Mantra, coming to you from Your Online HIV Pharmacist at HIV Thrive. Today is Memorial Day in the United States and as we all enjoy the weekend, having fun with family and friends and kickoff the summer, let us not forget to remember and reflect on those who served our country…

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Mich’s Monday Mantra “Ride Those Big Waves”

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Mich’s Monday Mantra is coming to you Live from Your Online HIV Pharmacist at HIV Thrive. We are coming to you today from Heisler Park in Laguna Beach, California. Our Mantra today is “Ride Those Big Waves” As we go through our day and our life when we approach a storm or big waves that…

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Mich’s Monday Mantra “Morning Has Broken, Make The Most Of Your Day”

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Mich’s Monday Mantra is coming to you live from Your Online HIV Pharmacist at HIV Thrive. Our Mantra for today is “Morning Has Broken, Make the Most OF Your Day” and is coming to you from Waikiki Beach in Honolulu Hawaii. When you get up in the morning set your tone for the day and…

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California Lawmakers Consider Requiring Rx Label Translations

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 California Healthline, Thursday, May 7, 2015 The California Assembly is considering a bill (AB 1073) that would require pharmacists to provide multi-lingual prescription drug labels and instructions when requested by patients, Capital Public Radio’s “KXJZ News” reports (Bartolone, “KXJZ News,” Capital Public Radio, 5/6). Background According to census data, about 44% of California residents speak…

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Drug Costs, Restrictions Get Hearing

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by Rebecca Vesely, California Healthline Contributing Reporter, California Healthline, Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Specialty pharmaceuticals took the stage at the Assembly Committee on Health yesterday with discussion — and approval — of two bills addressing the rising costs of prescription drugs. Prices for specialty drugs for the treatment of serious or chronic conditions have soared…

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CMS Makes Medicare Rx Spending Data Available on Public Website

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iHealthBeat, Friday, May 1, 2015 On Thursday, CMS posted data on a public website covering about $103 billion in Medicare prescription drug spending in 2013, in the most-detailed breakdown of such spending ever provided, the New York Times reports (Thomas/Pear, New York Times, 4/30). Background The data for Medicare Part D were released as part…

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Mich’s Monday Mantra “Create Your Own Space”

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Welcome to Mich’s Monday Mantra coming to you live from Your Online HIV Pharmacist at HIV Thrive. Today we are coming to you from Buddha Beach at the base of Cathedral Rock in Sedona Arizona. Our Mantra today is “Create Your Own Space” Enjoy

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Mich’s Monday Mantra “Just DO It…And Push Off”

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Mich’s Monday Mantra is coming to you Live from your Online HIV Pharmacist at HIV Thrive. Today we are coming to you from Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii. Our Mantra today is “Just DO it and Push Off”. As we jump into the canoe of life we may face some bumps and obstacles as we…

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Jones Urges Covered California To Lower Specialty Rx Drug Price Cap

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 California Healthline, Thursday, April 16, 2015 On Wednesday, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones (D) urged Covered California to adopt a lower specialty prescription drug price cap for its 2016 health plans, arguing that the exchange’s current proposal would create barriers for patients , KPCC’s “KPCC News” reports (Plevin, “KPCC News,” KPCC, 4/15). Background Last week, Covered…

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New HIV Treatment Guidelines Released- Out With The Old Guard

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On April 8th, 2015 the new Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) HIV Treatment Guidelines were released. There are several major changes to the guidelines and some of the biggest modifications are in the “What To Start” section, which are initial combination regimens for the antiretroviral – naïve patient. There are now five recommended…

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