Next Drug Take Back Day Scheduled for April 27

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host the next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Now in its 9th year, the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events continue to remove ever-higher amounts of opioids and other medicines from the nation’s homes, where they […]

Buddy Carter Calls on Congress to Expose PBM Middlemen

Representative Earl “Buddy” Carter (R-GA), the only pharmacist serving in Congress, has written a letter to the editor, published in the Wall Street Journal, that says a key way to make prescription medicines more affordable is to address the role of the pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) who, he wrote, “have way too much control in […]

CDC Reports Mild Flu Season So Far

According to the CDC’s latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, this year’s flu season has been low-severity.  Outpatient and hospital visits for flu-like illnesses have been low, and fewer deaths have been attributed to influenza and pneumonia. The report also finds that the flu vaccine reduced the risk of illness by 47% this year, and […]

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% […]