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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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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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