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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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Key Points Many payers use CMS Performance Measures and STAR ratings to provide incentives to increase quality of care. Medication adherence is one of the performance measures that is monitored. Implementation of this initiative will increase quality of care with the additional bonus of increasing our performance measures and STAR ratings. A new Medication Adherence...
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Key Points There are serious economic impacts associated with migraines leading them to be considered a public health issue. There are significant costs associated with emerging therapies for acute treatment for migraines. By following the evidenced-based treatment recommendations provided by the American Headache Society, we can work together to improve patient outcomes and decrease costs....
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Key Points1 Opioids were involved in 2,033 overdose deaths in 2017 Michigan has a death rate of 21.2 deaths per 100,000 persons compared to the national rate of 14.6 deaths per 100,000 persons In 2017, Michigan providers wrote 74 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Initiative: Team-Based Care The Michigan Institute for...
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Save the Date: April 25, 2020 – 10AM to 2PM Prepared by: Kelly White, LPhT, CPhT Key Points National Prescription Drug Take Back Day occurs twice annually (usually in April and October). The next Drug Take Back Day will occur on April 25, 2020. Drug take back events are important for public health as they...
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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. Previously, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that all adults 65 years and older should receive the PCV13 vaccine and then at least one year later receive...
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Key Points MTM includes a wide variety of clinical services, usually provided by a pharmacist In 2019, Affinia Health Network had partnered with Priority Health & pharmacists in the network to enhance MTM opportunities MTM services are planned for expansion in 2020 What is Medication Therapy Management (MTM)? MTM is an umbrella term that captures...
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Key Points Biologics are large molecule products, such as proteins or monoclonal antibodies, with inherent variations that make them impossible to replicate. Biosimilars are defined by the FDA as “biological products that are highly similar to and have no clinically meaningful differences from an existing FDA-approved reference product.” An interchangeable product is defined by the...
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Key Points Not all ranitidine products have been recalled at this time. Updates on recalled ranitidine products can be found online here. Patients who wish to discontinue ranitidine should talk with a healthcare provider about alternative treatment options before switching The FDA is currently testing ranitidine products made by other manufacturers, and has begun testing...
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