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FDA Approves Evotaz as New HIV Treatment
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
The FDA today approved Bristol-Myers Squibb Company’s atazanavir and cobicistat for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults in combination with other antiretroviral agents.
Rachel Lutz
Pharmacist collaboration with physicians during a national shortage of intravenous trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole may have helped mitigate negative treatment outcomes among HIV-infected patients with Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia.
Ryan Marotta, Assistant Editor
Purdue Pharma has announced the US commercial launch of its extended-release hydrocodone bitartrate (Hysingla ER), an opioid analgesic indicated for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment in patients for whom alternative treatment options are inadequate.
Rachel Lutz
Improved care for HIV-infected patients within the Kaiser Permanente system has essentially reversed their previously reported increased heart attack risk.
Davy James, Associate Editor
The FDA today approved the expanded use of a breakthrough therapy for the treatment of a rare form of cancer that attacks the immune system.
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
An island community is making do with a temporary pharmacy after its sole pharmacy was destroyed in a fire on January 25, 2015.
Rachel Lutz
Supplementation with alkaline potassium salts aids bone health and reduces osteoporosis risk.
Ryan Marotta, Assistant Editor
The FDA today announced that it plans to implement a more stringent review process for automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in an effort to improve the devices’ quality and reliability.

Association News

The American Brain Foundation announced today that former United States Vice President Walter F. Mondale has been named honorary chairman of its board of trustees.
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) applauds today’s introduction of H.R. 592, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, which will improve patient access to health care through pharmacists and their patient care services.
Bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today would formally designate pharmacists as healthcare providers under Medicare Part B. Supported by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the bill would amend The Social Security Act of 1935 to enable pharmacists to provide to Medicare patients in underserved communities services that pharmacists already are providing for other patients under state law.
In a friend-of-the-court brief filed today with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of King v. Burwell, leading groups fighting chronic disease provide scientific evidence of the grave consequences if millions of people nationwide were to lose the tax credits provided under the Affordable Care Act that provide the financial assistance they need to afford health coverage.
Emphasizing the importance of promoting policies that improve patient outcomes and lead to healthier, safer communities, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores submitted a statement to the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health in lead-up to today’s hearing titled “Examining Public Health Legislation to Help Patients and Local Communities.”

Pharmacy Market News

The single tablet regimen is being evaluated in phase 3 clinical studies for the treatment of all 6 genotypes of hepatitis C.

Strategic Alliance Partner News

mscripts and Avella Specialty Pharmacy have recently completed analyzing data demonstrating the effectiveness of mobile pharmacy apps in helping HIV patients better manage their disease through improved medication adherence. Results from this analysis show that HIV patients using a mobile app which provides refill reminders, dosage reminders and other prescription management functionality are 2.9 times more likely to be adherent.
Fred's, Inc. today announced that it has named Michael K. Bloom as the Company's President and Chief Operating Officer, effective January 12, 2015. Bloom brings to Fred's more than 30 years of experience in small-box general merchandising, supply chain management and store operations.
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