Split Opinions Over Omnibus Spending Bill Highlights AJPB Week in Review

Top news of the week from The American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits.

5. Questioning the Role of Corticosteroids Treating Pneumonia

While antibiotics are the mainstay for treatment, the role of corticosteroids for adjunctive treatment of community-acquired pneumonia has long remained controversial. Read here.

4. Trial Shows Non-Inferiority Between HIV Treatment Regimens

Tenofovir alafenamide plus emtricitabine, which belongs in the class of nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, poses little risk for bone or renal toxicity in virologically suppressed patients with HIV. Read more.

3. Medicare Quality Measures May Fall Short

Condition-specific readmissions measures for heart failure, pneumonia, and heart attack may not accurately or fairly reflect hospital quality. Read more.

2. Overdose Deaths Spike from Synthetic Opioids

A comprehensive evaluation of the 2016 US drug overdose data indicates that the opioid epidemic has spread geographically and increased across demographic groups. Read more.

1. Spending Bill Splits Opinions in Health Care Industry

President Donald J. Trump last Friday signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, which provides full-year appropriations through September 30, 2018, for projects and activities of the federal government. Read more.