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With specialty pharmacy now a significant driver of health care costs, Pharmacy—health-system practitioners and leaders ...
07/20/2021
Navigating the Complicated Process of SP Network Access

With specialty pharmacy now a significant driver of health care costs, Pharmacy—health-system practitioners and leaders face significant financial challenges, experts said at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Specialty Pharmacy Conference.

With specialty pharmacy now a significant driver of health care costs, health system practitioners and leaders face significant financial challenges, experts said during the virtual ASHP Specialty Pharmacy Conference.

Market dynamics affecting the white-bagging trend.
07/20/2021
Market Dynamics Affecting the White-Bagging Trend

Market dynamics affecting the white-bagging trend.

Payor-mandated white bagging is no longer an “exception to the rule” situation, but is becoming a standard of practice, said Melissa Ortega, PharmD, the system executive director for ambulatory pharmacy services at Wellforce, during the 2021 virtual ASHP Specialty Pharmacy Conference.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved an additional indication for #Keytruda monotherapy for locally advanced c...
07/19/2021
Keytruda Gains Indication for Locally Advanced Squamous Cell Carcinoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved an additional indication for #Keytruda monotherapy for locally advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.

The FDA approved an additional indication for pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck)—monotherapy for locally advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) that is not curable by surgery or radiation. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved #Padcev for adults with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer.
07/19/2021
Padcev Granted Regular Approval for Locally Advanced or Metastatic UC

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved #Padcev for adults with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer.

The FDA approved enfortumab vedotin-ejfv (Padcev, Astellas Pharma) to treat some adults with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer who have been treated previously.

The July issue of Pharmacy Practice News is now available to read online.
07/19/2021
Pharmacy Practice News - July 2021

The July issue of Pharmacy Practice News is now available to read online.

The July 2021 Digital Edition of Pharmacy Practice News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves Darzalex Faspro in combination with #pomalidomide and #dexamethasone for ...
07/19/2021
FDA Approves Darzalex Faspro With Pom-Dex for Multiple Myeloma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves Darzalex Faspro in combination with #pomalidomide and #dexamethasone for adults with multiple myeloma.

The FDA approved daratumumab and hyaluronidase-fihj (Darzalex Faspro, Janssen) in combination with pomalidomide and dexamethasone for adults with multiple myeloma who have received at least one prior line of therapy including lenalidomide and a proteasome inhibitor.

Pharmacy automation provider Parata Systems announced the acquisition of Synergy Medical.
07/19/2021
Parata Systems Acquires Synergy Medical

Pharmacy automation provider Parata Systems announced the acquisition of Synergy Medical.

Parata Systems, a portfolio company of Frazier Healthcare Partners, acquired Synergy Medical.

Executives from two leading specialty pharmacy accreditation organizations shared the latest information on new and reor...
07/19/2021
What’s New In Accreditation For Specialty

Executives from two leading specialty pharmacy accreditation organizations shared the latest information on new and reorganized standards and credentials.

Executives from two leading specialty pharmacy accreditation organizations shared the latest information on new and reorganized standards and credentials, along with advice for specialty pharmacies on managing the accreditation process, during the ASHP 2021 virtual Specialty Pharmacy Conference.

Pharmacists at Mass General Brigham have shown that integrated specialty pharmacies working in health-system clinics can...
07/16/2021
Health System Specialty Pharmacies Provide Rapid Access to Medications

Pharmacists at Mass General Brigham have shown that integrated specialty pharmacies working in health-system clinics can help speed the time it takes for patients to gain access to medications.

Integrated specialty pharmacies working in health system clinics can help speed the time it takes for patients to gain access to needed medications, pharmacists with Mass General Brigham in Boston have shown.

Legal tools can help specialty pharmacies to address challenges, such as network access, mandatory white-bagging policie...
07/16/2021
Legal Tools to Protect Specialty Pharmacies

Legal tools can help specialty pharmacies to address challenges, such as network access, mandatory white-bagging policies and payor activities in the 340B space.

In today’s complicated pharmacy benefits landscape, with increasing dominance by a collection of vertically-integrated payer and PBM networks, hospital and health system specialty pharmacies do have some legal tools that they can use to address challenges, a speaker noted during the ASHP 2021....

Continuous infusion ketamine is a reasonable alternative for ICU patients failing to respond to traditional sedative and...
07/16/2021
Ketamine a Reasonable Rescue Sedative in ICU

Continuous infusion ketamine is a reasonable alternative for ICU patients failing to respond to traditional sedative and analgesic regimens, study finds.

Continuous infusion ketamine is a reasonable alternative for ICU patients failing to respond to traditional sedative and analgesic regimens, a study has concluded.

With specialty pharmacy now a significant driver of health care costs, Pharmacy—health-system practitioners and leaders ...
07/15/2021
Navigating the Complicated Process of SP Network Access

With specialty pharmacy now a significant driver of health care costs, Pharmacy—health-system practitioners and leaders face significant financial challenges, experts said at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Specialty Pharmacy Conference.

With specialty pharmacy now a significant driver of health care costs, health system practitioners and leaders face significant financial challenges, experts said during the virtual ASHP Specialty Pharmacy Conference.

Payor-mandated white bagging is no longer an “exception to the rule” situation, but is becoming a standard of practice, ...
07/15/2021
Market Dynamics Affecting the White-Bagging Trend

Payor-mandated white bagging is no longer an “exception to the rule” situation, but is becoming a standard of practice, said Melissa Ortega, PharmD, at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Specialty Pharmacy Conference.

Payor-mandated white bagging is no longer an “exception to the rule” situation, but is becoming a standard of practice, said Melissa Ortega, PharmD, the system executive director for ambulatory pharmacy services at Wellforce, during the 2021 virtual ASHP Specialty Pharmacy Conference.

Pharmacy Practice News are pleased to announce that we are the winners of a Silver TABPI award for “Drug shortages are i...
07/15/2021

Pharmacy Practice News are pleased to announce that we are the winners of a Silver TABPI award for “Drug shortages are inevitable, so be prepared.”
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Pharmacy Practice News are pleased to announce that we are the winners of a Silver TABPI award for “Drug shortages are inevitable, so be prepared.”
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves Darzalex Faspro in combination with #pomalidomide and #dexamethasone for ...
07/15/2021
FDA Approves Darzalex Faspro With Pom-Dex for Multiple Myeloma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves Darzalex Faspro in combination with #pomalidomide and #dexamethasone for adults with multiple myeloma.

The FDA approved daratumumab and hyaluronidase-fihj (Darzalex Faspro, Janssen) in combination with pomalidomide and dexamethasone for adults with multiple myeloma who have received at least one prior line of therapy including lenalidomide and a proteasome inhibitor.

The July issue of Pharmacy Practice News is now available to read online.
07/15/2021
Pharmacy Practice News - July 2021

The July issue of Pharmacy Practice News is now available to read online.

The July 2021 Digital Edition of Pharmacy Practice News

Pharmacists show their skill in easing biosimilar switches; education gaps, payor discrepancies addressed.
07/14/2021
Pharmacists Show Their Skill In Easing Biosimilar Switches

Pharmacists show their skill in easing biosimilar switches; education gaps, payor discrepancies addressed.

Managing biosimilar adoption and utilization has become almost a specialty in itself for many health-system pharmacists, experts told attendees at the ASHP 2021 virtual Specialty Pharmacy Conference.

Dogs and cats are getting COVID-19 from their owners, not the other way around, according to presentations at ECCMID 202...
07/14/2021
The Truth About Cats and Dogs: COVID-19 Transmitted by Owners

Dogs and cats are getting COVID-19 from their owners, not the other way around, according to presentations at ECCMID 2020.

Dogs and cats are getting COVID-19 from their owners, not the other way around, according to presentations at ECCMID 2020.

Executives from two leading specialty pharmacy accreditation organizations shared the latest information on new and reor...
07/14/2021
What’s New In Accreditation For Specialty

Executives from two leading specialty pharmacy accreditation organizations shared the latest information on new and reorganized standards and credentials.

Executives from two leading specialty pharmacy accreditation organizations shared the latest information on new and reorganized standards and credentials, along with advice for specialty pharmacies on managing the accreditation process, during the ASHP 2021 virtual Specialty Pharmacy Conference.

Predicting death from COVID-19, developing immune memory and other news.
07/14/2021
Predicting Death From COVID-19, Developing Immune Memory and Other News

Predicting death from COVID-19, developing immune memory and other news.

This COVID-19 roundup is all about immunity. Scientists are looking at T cells to predict severe disease. Was that prior runny nose and scratchy throat protective? Cancer patients develop a good response to vaccination, and vaccination appears to be having a positive effect on rates, hospitalization...

COVID-19 management today: lessons learned.
07/13/2021
COVID-19 Management Today: Lessons Learned

COVID-19 management today: lessons learned.

Since epidemiologists reported the first case of COVID-19 in the United States in January 2020, there have been several clinical lessons learned. That’s certainly the case in ICUs, where critical care pharmacists are on the front lines of treating the most severe cases.

A medication-use evaluation of two antibiotics in a Florida Veterans Affairs hospital found a significant reduction in s...
07/13/2021
Antibiotic Use Study Informs Hospital-Based Stewardship Program

A medication-use evaluation of two antibiotics in a Florida Veterans Affairs hospital found a significant reduction in susceptibility for Pseudomonas aeruginosa over time.

A medication-use evaluation of two antibiotics in a Florida Veterans Affairs hospital found a significant reduction in susceptibility for Pseudomonas aeruginosa over time, demonstrating the importance of evaluating a...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently updated the label for Biogen's controversial Alzheimer’s drug.
07/13/2021
FDA Narrows Aduhelm Label

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently updated the label for Biogen's controversial Alzheimer’s drug.

The FDA recently updated the label for Biogen's controversial Alzheimer’s drug.

U.S. HIV infections have fallen 75% since the mid-1990s, but not for everyone.
07/13/2021
U.S. HIV Infections Have Fallen 75%, but Not for Everyone

U.S. HIV infections have fallen 75% since the mid-1990s, but not for everyone.

The annual number of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States has declined nearly 75% since the peak of the epidemic in the mid-1980s, according to the CDC. But not for everyone.

Difficult to round up the usual suspects during COVID-19 pandemic.
07/12/2021
Difficult to Round Up the Usual Suspects During COVID-19 Pandemic

Difficult to round up the usual suspects during COVID-19 pandemic.

Many experts were concerned about a double whammy last year as the COVID-19 pandemic entered the cold and flu season, but the “usual suspects” causing respiratory illnesses—including influenza and RSV—fell significantly during the pandemic, according to new research presented...

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine appears to be effective against the variant virus strains, including the new Delta variant.
07/12/2021
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacious Against Variants

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine appears to be effective against the variant virus strains, including the new Delta variant.

The Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccine appears to be effective against the variant virus strains, including the new Delta variant first identified in India. However, the efficacy is less than against the original SARS-CoV-2. 

What’s new in accreditation for specialty; opioids, cold chain among revamped areas.
07/12/2021
What’s New In Accreditation For Specialty

What’s new in accreditation for specialty; opioids, cold chain among revamped areas.

Executives from two leading specialty pharmacy accreditation organizations shared the latest information on new and reorganized standards and credentials, along with advice for specialty pharmacies on managing the accreditation process, during the ASHP 2021 virtual Specialty Pharmacy Conference.

Another JAK inhibitor appears effective in reducing death and respiratory failure in patients hospitalized with COVID-19...
07/12/2021
JAK Inhibitors, IL-6 Blockers for COVID-19: Where Do They Fit?

Another JAK inhibitor appears effective in reducing death and respiratory failure in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 pneumonia.

Another JAK inhibitor appears effective in reducing death and respiratory failure in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 pneumonia.

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