Pharmacy Week in Review: US News Ranks Best Hospitals, Lung Cancer Rates Rise in Women


A look at last week's top stories in the world of pharmacy.

A look at last week's top stories in the world of pharmacy.


Hello and welcome to the Pharmacy Times News Network. I’m Laura Joszt your host for our Pharmacy Week in Review.

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The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota earned the top spot on US News & World Report’s ranking of best hospitals for the third consecutive year and was among the Top 5 in selected specialties, Contemporary Clinic reported. The 29th annual list is compiled to assist doctors and patients in making informed decisions about where to receive care, according to the magazine. In compiling its rankings, US News & World Report compared more than 4500 medical centers nationwide across 25 specialties, procedures, and conditions. Following the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic placed second on the overall best hospitals list, and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore is ranked third in the nation. Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, placed fourth and fifth, respectively, rounding out the top 5.

As breast cancer mortality rates decrease globally, a new study projects that lung cancer mortality rates among women worldwide will significantly increase, Specialty Pharmacy Times reported. In an analysis of data from 52 countries published in Cancer Research, the study authors examined breast and female lung cancer mortality data from the World Health Organization Mortality Database from 2008 to 2014. To be included in the study, countries must have had reported data for at least 4 years between 2008 and 2014 and must have a population greater than 1 million. Globally, the researchers projected that the age-standardized breast cancer mortality rate will decrease by 9% between 2015 and 2030, while the age-standardized lung cancer mortality rate is expected to jump 43% in the same time frame. Based on the analysis, the highest lung cancer mortality rates in 2030 are projected in Europe and Oceania, whereas the lowest lung cancer mortality rates in 2030 are projected in America and Asia. The only decrease in lung cancer mortality is predicted in Oceania, where rates are expected to fall from 17.8 to 17.6.

Pharmacists may get more questions about Relief Factor Quickstart if their patients with arthritis have seen a new commercial for the OTC product. In the spot, called “Janice,” 1950s crooner Pat Boone endorses Relief Factor Quickstart to relieve arthritis pain, because he says it helped him and his wife. Janice gives her own testimonial, saying that after a few weeks, her pain during substitute teaching was gone. According to the commercial, Relief Factor Quickstart relieves occasional aches and pains.

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Thanks for watching our Pharmacy Week in Review. I’m Laura Joszt at the Pharmacy Times News Network.

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