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Written by: Candi Henderson, CPhT, LPhT and Michelle Carey, CPhT, LPhT Key Points Two pneumococcal vaccines, PCV13 and PPSV23, are currently used in the United States. Based on a review of evidence, the ACIP has updated their recommendations. History Pneumococcal disease may present in the form of serious diseases such as pneumonia, bacteremia, and meningitis....
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Key Points Out-of-pocket costs can be a barrier to care for many patients.The Low-Income Subsidy and Extra Help Programs help beneficiaries who qualify with costs related to their prescription drug plan.There are many resources dedicated to help provide financial help and education to Medicare beneficiaries to choose a Part D plan and use their benefits....
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Diabetes Medication Management Workgroup Overview Affinia Health Network is participating in a statewide collaboration to specifically improve diabetes care, known as the Diabetes Medication Management Workgroup. The goal of this workgroup is to provide primary care clinicians with evidence-based guidance on type 2 diabetes management to improve quality of care, reduce inappropriate (or inefficient) use...
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Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the way people produce or respond to insulin. It can lead to high blood sugar levels which, over time, damage the body.
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Gaining approval for a new drug is both a costly and lengthy process; however, each step is crucial in the development of safe and efficacious products. Research and development costs have been estimated at $2.8 billion, with the entire process lasting approximately a decade. Approval from the FDA is dependent upon an analysis of the...
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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day occurs twice annually (usually in April and October). In April 2020, the Drug Take Back Day was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The next Drug Take Back Day will occur on October 24, 2020.
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Written by: Courtney Sorenson, PharmD Candidate and Paige Thomey, PharmD Candidate Key Points Compared to former years, Michigan children have received significantly fewer immunizations Decreased immunization rates and the similarities between influenza and COVID-19 pose serious threats to our healthcare communities as influenza season approaches Michigan has seen a significant decrease in routine immunizations as...
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Written by: Courtney Sorenson, PharmD Candidate and Paige Thomey, PharmD Candidate Key Points As of October 1, 2020, all Michigan Medicaid formularies will consolidate to a single drug list called the Medicaid Preferred Drug List (PDL) Most Medicaid plans will be sending both provider and patient level communication if they are impacted by this change...
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Written by: Courtney Sorenson, PharmD Candidate, Paige Thomey, PharmD Candidate, and Julie Earby, PharmD Key Points Medication Therapy Management (MTM) includes a wide variety of clinical services, usually provided by a pharmacist In 2019, Affinia Health Network had partnered with Priority Health and pharmacists within the network to enhance MTM opportunities In 2020, the MTM...
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Key Points The risk of cancer from taking NDMA contaminated products is low. Patients should continue taking metformin, even if affected by the recall, until they have a replacement or different treatment option from their doctor or pharmacist. Metformin Recall In late 2019, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) announced that there had been findings of...
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