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Managed care market dynamics are changing quickly, so pharmacy leaders need to be nimble and maintain a competitive stra...
11/29/2021
Stay Nimble in Rapidly Changing Market

Managed care market dynamics are changing quickly, so pharmacy leaders need to be nimble and maintain a competitive strategy.

Managed care market dynamics are changing quickly, so pharmacy leaders need to be nimble and work with their managed care teams to maintain a competitive strategy, speakers said at the 2021 ASHP Conference for Pharmacy Leaders, held virtually.

Little things can cause big issues in patient care; A challenge for health-system specialty pharmacies.
11/29/2021
Little Things Can Cause Big Issues in Patient Care

Little things can cause big issues in patient care; A challenge for health-system specialty pharmacies.

The patient—a woman with a neuroendocrine tumor—had waited at Baystate Medical Center’s infusion center for three hours.

FDA expands eligibility for COVID-19 booster doses to all adults.
11/29/2021
FDA Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Doses to All Adults

FDA expands eligibility for COVID-19 booster doses to all adults.

As of Nov. 22, 73.7% of the eligible population (age ≥5 years) have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine; 62.9% are fully vaccinated; and 19.3% (age ≥18 years) have received boosters. In the United States, 47,587,441 people have tested positive, and 770,461 people have died.

Multidose vials for influenza vaccination increases the speed and efficiency of vaccination, which would be critical dur...
11/23/2021
FDA Approves First Multidose Vial for Pandemic Flu Vaccine

Multidose vials for influenza vaccination increases the speed and efficiency of vaccination, which would be critical during a pandemic.

Multidose vials for influenza vaccination increases the speed and efficiency of vaccination, which would be critical during a pandemic.

Management of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
11/23/2021
Management of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Management of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive, debilitating, and often fatal interstitial lung disease characterized by scarring of the lungs with unknown etiology.

Compared with other specialty pharmacies, those based in health systems have superior access to patients and providers, ...
11/23/2021
Health Systems Prove Value in Specialty Care

Compared with other specialty pharmacies, those based in health systems have superior access to patients and providers, as well as information in medical records.

Compared with other types of specialty pharmacies, those based in health systems have superior access to patients and providers, as well as information in medical records, speakers said during a session at the virtual 2021 ASHP Specialty Pharmacy Conference.

Outsourcing sterile IV medications can put a big dent in a hospital’s drug budget.
11/23/2021
Allegheny Makes a Case for IV Robotics

Outsourcing sterile IV medications can put a big dent in a hospital’s drug budget.

Outsourcing sterile IV medications can put a big dent in a hospital’s drug budget.

More adults in the U.S. received their flu shots in 2020 than previous years. However, concerning declines have been ide...
11/23/2021
Adults Sought Flu Shot in 2020, Less so in 2021

More adults in the U.S. received their flu shots in 2020 than previous years. However, concerning declines have been identified among younger Americans this season.

More adults in the United States received their flu shots in 2020 than previous years. However, concerning declines have been identified among younger Americans this season.

Administration of the 2-dose adjuvanted hepatitis B virus vaccine may be cost-effective in many of the adults recommende...
11/23/2021
The Benefits of a 2-Dose Hepatitis B Vaccine

Administration of the 2-dose adjuvanted hepatitis B virus vaccine may be cost-effective in many of the adults recommended for HBV vaccination by the CDC.

Administration of the two-dose adjuvanted hepatitis B virus vaccine may be cost-effective in many of the adults recommended for HBV vaccination by the CDC and may result in cost savings in some high-risk groups.

On July 29, the FDA approved a modification to the Clozapine REMS program, which was to begin on Nov. 15. However, the t...
11/23/2021
FDA Suspends Some Clozapine REMS Program Requirements

On July 29, the FDA approved a modification to the Clozapine REMS program, which was to begin on Nov. 15. However, the transition was anything but smooth.

On July 29, the FDA approved a modification to the Clozapine REMS program, which was to begin on Nov. 15. However, the transition was anything but smooth.

Even though research and real-world experience have shown that IV-WMS can significantly reduce these errors, it’s up to ...
11/23/2021
Optimizing IV Workflow Mgmt at Your Institution

Even though research and real-world experience have shown that IV-WMS can significantly reduce these errors, it’s up to the people who put this technology in place to use it most effectively.

After you have gotten buy-in from the departmental and/or institutional leadership at your hospital to invest in an IV workflow management system (IV-WMS) for your sterile compounding, all your worries about compounding errors are over, right? Not so fast.

The risk-based vaccination strategy has been partially successful with initial decreases, but new HBV infections began t...
11/22/2021
ACIP Recommends ‘Universal’ Adult HBV Vaccine—But Not for All

The risk-based vaccination strategy has been partially successful with initial decreases, but new HBV infections began to plateau 10 years ago.

The risk-based vaccination strategy has been partially successful with initial decreases, but new HBV infections began to plateau 10 years ago.

A number of clinical pharmacy changes made during the COVID-19 pandemic could potentially continue after the health emer...
11/22/2021
Will Pandemic-Era Clinical Pharmacy Changes Outlast COVID-19?

A number of clinical pharmacy changes made during the COVID-19 pandemic could potentially continue after the health emergency subsides.

A number of clinical pharmacy changes made during the pandemic could potentially continue after the COVID-19 emergency subsides, but one expert called for more evidence examining the impact of new practice models such as “virtual rounding” and drive-up international normalized ratio (INR...

FDA expands eligibility for COVID-19 booster doses to all adults.
11/22/2021
FDA Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Doses to All Adults

FDA expands eligibility for COVID-19 booster doses to all adults.

As of Nov. 22, 73.7% of the eligible population (age ≥5 years) have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine; 62.9% are fully vaccinated; and 19.3% (age ≥18 years) have received boosters. In the United States, 47,587,441 people have tested positive, and 770,461 people have died.

PAPs help ensure specialty Rx success; access to affordable medications a key focus 340B Program.
11/22/2021
340B Program, PAPs Help Ensure Specialty Rx Success

PAPs help ensure specialty Rx success; access to affordable medications a key focus 340B Program.

Actively managing participation in the federal 340B Drug Pricing Program and other financial assistance and medication access efforts can help maximize savings and ensure the overall success of specialty pharmacy services, a panel of experts said during the 2021 ASHP Conference for Pharmacy Leaders,...

More than 100,000 people in the U.S. died from a drug overdose between April 2020 to April 2021.
11/22/2021
COVID-19 Death Toll: More than Just SARS-CoV-2

More than 100,000 people in the U.S. died from a drug overdose between April 2020 to April 2021.

More than 100,000 people in the United States died from a drug overdose between April 2020 to April 2021.

Amneal receives approval for difluprednate ophthalmic emulsion.
11/19/2021
Amneal Receives Approval for Difluprednate Ophthalmic Emulsion

Amneal receives approval for difluprednate ophthalmic emulsion.

Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that it has received Abbreviated New Drug Application approval from the FDA for difluprednate ophthalmic emulsion 0.05%, used in the treatment of inflammation and pain associated with ocular surgery.

Keycentrix has announced the addition of three brand-new, value-adding features to its Newleaf pharmacy software.
11/19/2021
Keycentrix Adds Three New, Value-adding Features to its Newleaf Pharmacy Software

Keycentrix has announced the addition of three brand-new, value-adding features to its Newleaf pharmacy software.

Keycentrix has announced the addition of three brand-new, value-adding features to its Newleaf pharmacy software: Real-Time Prescription Benefit, powered by Surescripts; ScriptDrop medication delivery solution; and Telepharmacy by keycentrix™. Keycentrix is the first pharmacy software provider...

Most critically ill COVID-19 patients are not having their nutrition needs fully met, according to a new survey.
11/19/2021
COVID-19 Puts Pressure on ICU Nutrition Support

Most critically ill COVID-19 patients are not having their nutrition needs fully met, according to a new survey.

Most critically ill COVID-19 patients are not having their nutrition needs fully met, according to a new survey.

A number of clinical pharmacy changes made during the COVID-19 pandemic could potentially continue after the health emer...
11/19/2021
Will Pandemic-Era Clinical Pharmacy Changes Outlast COVID-19?

A number of clinical pharmacy changes made during the COVID-19 pandemic could potentially continue after the health emergency subsides.

A number of clinical pharmacy changes made during the pandemic could potentially continue after the COVID-19 emergency subsides, but one expert called for more evidence examining the impact of new practice models such as “virtual rounding” and drive-up international normalized ratio (INR...

More than 100,000 people in the U.S. died from a drug overdose between April 2020 to April 2021.
11/19/2021
COVID-19 Death Toll: More than Just SARS-CoV-2

More than 100,000 people in the U.S. died from a drug overdose between April 2020 to April 2021.

More than 100,000 people in the United States died from a drug overdose between April 2020 to April 2021.

Will pandemic-era clinical pharmacy changes outlast COVID-19?
11/18/2021
Will Pandemic-Era Clinical Pharmacy Changes Outlast COVID-19?

Will pandemic-era clinical pharmacy changes outlast COVID-19?

A number of clinical pharmacy changes made during the pandemic could potentially continue after the COVID-19 emergency subsides, but one expert called for more evidence examining the impact of new practice models such as “virtual rounding” and drive-up international normalized ratio (INR...

The risk-based vaccination strategy has been partially successful with initial decreases, but new HBV infections began t...
11/18/2021
ACIP Recommends ‘Universal’ Adult HBV Vaccine—But Not for All

The risk-based vaccination strategy has been partially successful with initial decreases, but new HBV infections began to plateau 10 years ago.

The risk-based vaccination strategy has been partially successful with initial decreases, but new HBV infections began to plateau 10 years ago.

The Digital Edition: Proposed  changes, replacing lost pharmacy revenue, 340B pushback and more.
11/18/2021
Pharmacy Practice News - November 2021

The Digital Edition: Proposed changes, replacing lost pharmacy revenue, 340B pushback and more.

The Digital Edition: Proposed changes, replacing lost pharmacy revenue, 340B pushback and more

Will new restrictions on plasma donations at the border lead to IG shortages?
11/18/2021
Will Restrictions at the Border Lead to IG Shortages?

Will new restrictions on plasma donations at the border lead to IG shortages?

For well over a year, pharmacists, physicians and patients have been anticipating the possibility of a shortage of immune globulin products, as the COVID-19 pandemic led to a significant decline in donations of the blood plasma that is the primary component of these therapies.

Debate at HOPA meeting: When is it safe to stop ABx for febrile neutropenia?
11/17/2021
When Is It Safe to Stop ABx for Febrile Neutropenia?

Debate at HOPA meeting: When is it safe to stop ABx for febrile neutropenia?

It may be safe to discontinue or deescalate antibiotics in some cancer patients who develop febrile neutropenia (FN) before the condition resolves, but guidelines and studies aren’t yet fully conclusive.

The USP has issued its new proposed revisions to Chapter . What does this mean for sterile compounding in your pharmacy?
11/17/2021
USP Releases Newly Proposed Revisions

The USP has issued its new proposed revisions to Chapter . What does this mean for sterile compounding in your pharmacy?

After almost two years of anticipation, USP has issued its new proposed revisions to Chapter , “Pharmaceutical Compounding—Sterile Preparations.”

HAI has been optimized over the past two decades to be a viable treatment for people with cancer who have liver metastas...
11/16/2021
HAI a Promising Option for Liver Cancer Patients

HAI has been optimized over the past two decades to be a viable treatment for people with cancer who have liver metastases.

First developed more than 50 years ago, hepatic arterial infusion (HAI), which delivers high doses of chemotherapy directly to the liver through an external pump, has been optimized over the past two decades to be a viable treatment for people with cancer who have liver metastases.

The latest findings from IDWeek about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on antibiotic stewardship and hand hygiene.
11/16/2021
Stewardship, C. difficile and Hand Hygiene

The latest findings from IDWeek about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on antibiotic stewardship and hand hygiene.

After an initial spike in antibiotic prescribing at Veterans Affairs’ medical centers during the COVID-19 pandemic, antibiotic use returned to prepandemic levels, according to a study’s lead researcher, Matt Goetz, MD.

Management of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
11/16/2021
Management of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Management of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive, debilitating, and often fatal interstitial lung disease characterized by scarring of the lungs with unknown etiology.

Compared with other specialty pharmacies, those based in health systems have superior access to patients and providers, ...
11/16/2021
Health Systems Prove Value in Specialty Care

Compared with other specialty pharmacies, those based in health systems have superior access to patients and providers, as well as information in medical records.

Compared with other types of specialty pharmacies, those based in health systems have superior access to patients and providers, as well as information in medical records, speakers said during a session at the virtual 2021 ASHP Specialty Pharmacy Conference.

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Managed care market dynamics are changing quickly, so pharmacy leaders need to be nimble and maintain a competitive strategy.
Little things can cause big issues in patient care; A challenge for health-system specialty pharmacies.
The FDA approves #Livtencity for post-transplant CMV infection/disease.
FDA expands eligibility for COVID-19 booster doses to all adults.
Multidose vials for influenza vaccination increases the speed and efficiency of vaccination, which would be critical during a pandemic.
Management of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Compared with other specialty pharmacies, those based in health systems have superior access to patients and providers, as well as information in medical records.
Outsourcing sterile IV medications can put a big dent in a hospital’s drug budget.
More adults in the U.S. received their flu shots in 2020 than previous years. However, concerning declines have been identified among younger Americans this season.
Administration of the 2-dose adjuvanted hepatitis B virus vaccine may be cost-effective in many of the adults recommended for HBV vaccination by the CDC.
On July 29, the FDA approved a modification to the Clozapine REMS program, which was to begin on Nov. 15. However, the transition was anything but smooth.
Even though research and real-world experience have shown that IV-WMS can significantly reduce these errors, it’s up to the people who put this technology in place to use it most effectively.