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Common Drugs Linked to Increased Dementia Risk
Krystle Vermes
A recent report published in JAMA Internal Medicine confirmed a link between dementia risk and commonly used anticholinergic agents, some of which are taken regularly by older adults.
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.
Ryan Marotta, Assistant Editor
Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals recently announced that the FDA has accepted for priority review a Biologics License Application for their investigational drug, alirocumab, which is indicated for patients with hypercholesterolemia.
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
A needle-fearing Rite Aid pharmacist who had been fired for refusing to attend mandatory immunization training will receive $2.6 million for his troubles.
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
A Texas pharmacist noted something fishy about a patient’s prescription and called the police, who later arrested the customer after confirming he had photocopied his prescription.
Krystle Vermes
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who consume beetroot juice have less trouble exercising.
Ryan Marotta, Assistant Editor
The FDA has approved Rockwell Medical’s Triferic, an iron compound delivered during dialysis, as an iron replacement product to maintain hemoglobin in adult patients with hemodialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease.
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.”

Association News

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.”
The American Pharmacists Association today announced the slate of candidates for its Board of Trustees, President-elect and Honorary President. The elections for these positions will be held March 27-May 25, 2015. Association members will have the opportunity to meet the candidates at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Diego, March 27-30, 2015.
Insomniacs who take longer than 14 minutes to fall asleep face a greater risk of hypertension.
New research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation shows that long-term exposure to elevated cholesterol substantially increases lifetime risk for heart disease. For every ten years you have even mildly elevated cholesterol between the ages of 35 and 55, your risk of heart disease may be increased by nearly 40 percent.

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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