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When you think of frontline workers affected by the pandemic, your local pharmacist may not be the first to come to mind. But even pre-pandemic, pharmacy was a tense and demanding field. A study of pharmacists’ mental health, from January 2020, found 75 percent of study participants experienced burnout. Since then, things have only gotten more demanding, due to the increase in prescript...

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By Dr. Michael Crowe My job as a pharmacist is to help patients get and stay healthy using prescription and over-the-counter medications, providing guidance and advice along the way. The way the process should work: A doctor prescribes a medication, and, after ensuring it is appropriate, we dispense it. Sadly, the way it works too often is that a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) gets between p...

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If drugmakers won’t lower insulin prices, maybe Michigan should make its own. That’s the thinking of a small group of lawmakers and others, led by Sen. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, who have been meeting with drugmakers and university representatives to determine whether Michigan can make its own insulin to sharply reduce costs for the life-saving drug. The talks are preliminary,...

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Pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) audits are becoming increasingly dangerous for pharmacies. While the role of the PBM was initially to reduce costs for all parties involved, abusive PBM practices have led to the opposite in many cases. The problem has become so significant that several states have adopted legislation aimed specifically at targeting abusive PBM practices, and the National Community P...

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