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How Consumers See Hospital Star Ratings
Several weeks back, CMS caused quite a stir when its controversial star ratings for hospitals were released to the public.
Some patients report difficulty accessing emergency contraception despite its OTC availability to those of all ages across the United States.
Photosensitivity reactions are well-known adverse effects of many drugs.
Recent study results suggest gabapentin is safe and effective for this indication.
Ryan Marotta, Assistant Editor
The monstrous popularity of Pokémon Go is spurring new conversations about the potential health benefits and dangers of mobile augmented reality games.
Krystle Vermes
The FDA has granted approval for Teva’s cyclobenzaprine hydrochloride (Amrix) extended-release capsules to be administered by sprinkling the drug’s contents onto a tablespoon of applesauce and swallowing immediately without chewing.
Patients taking mediations for both HIV and HCV must be closely monitored for drug-drug interactions.
Scot Walker, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCACP
Advancements in our ability to care for patients have enabled us to control and sometimes cure many diseases.

Association News

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is collaborating with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases to present a live webinar, “Vaccines for Preteens and Teens: The Importance of Timely Vaccination for All Adolescents,” on Tuesday, August 23, at 12:00 noon.
Exhibitors at the 2016 National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo donated several thousand consumer goods to be dispersed to various charitable organizations throughout the Greater Boston community.
The American Pharmacists Association recognizes immunizations as one of the greatest public health accomplishments and supports National Immunization Awareness Month, which is observed throughout August to celebrate the benefits of vaccination and to highlight the importance of adhering to regular vaccinations for people of all ages.
Variations in how biosimilar products are named may affect the willingness of some pharmacists to substitute an interchangeable biologic for its branded reference product, according to a survey study published in this month’s Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy.
NACDS Chairman Martin Otto of H-E-B, NACDS President & CEO Steve Anderson highlight solutions to socio-economic dilemmas, political dissatisfaction
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