HHS Proposes New Rule to Eliminate Rebates and Encourage Direct Discounts

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed a new rule aimed at eliminating certain drug rebates and encourage direct discounts for federal beneficiaries.  The proposed rule would Eliminate Anti-Kickback Statute safe harbor protection for rebates paid by drug manufacturers to pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), Medicare Part D plans and Medicaid managed care […]

The Unsung Role of the Pharmacist in Patient Health

With the number of prescription medications increasing in the older population, a recent JAMA study looked into utilizing pharmacists to educate patients on medications that may be inappropriate for them and recommend their physician deprescribe.  In the study, pharmacists gave both patients and their physicians educational materials, and were paid for this service.  After six months, 43% […]

New Idaho Bill Makes Naloxone More Available

A new bill in Idaho aims at making it easier to give out naloxone.  The current law states that a “prescriber or pharmacist” must give out naloxone, making it difficult for health systems to hold naloxone outreach programs.  The new bill, introduced this week, would replace this with “health professional.” “We want the drug in […]

Flu Activity is on the Rise in Nine States

The CDC has reported that influenza activity is on the rise in nine states in their latest Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report.  Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Carolina, as well as New York City, have all experienced high influenza-like illness activity.  A total of 11 influenza-associated pediatric deaths have […]

Trump Administration: Ease Scope of Practice Laws

A new report out this week suggests that easing scope of practice laws would make U.S. healthcare more competitive and efficient.  The report, “Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition,” was called for by President Trump and jointly issued by the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury. “[A]dvanced practice registered nurses […]