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Take back programs offer many ways to dispose of medications, in a safe and environmentally friendly way. While there may be other methods of disposing medications, take back programs ensure proper disposal.
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Affinia Pharmacy Key Areas of Focus: Reduce Inappropriate Pharmaceutical Spend, Enhance Patient Care & Clinical Interventions, and Pharmacy Related Educational Efforts.
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Key Points Medication adherence is key to chronic disease management and is also a Medicare 5 STAR performance quality measure for certain medication classes treating diabetes, hypertension, and cholesterol. The Medication Adherence initiative is a pilot by Affinia Health Network which will see a full go-live in 2021.Within the Medication Adherence pilot, a team of pharmacy...
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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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