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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released early estimates of the influenza vaccine effectiveness for the 2014-2015 season in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Early estimates indicate that the seasonal influenza vaccine was just 23 percent effective. The interim estimate, which is relatively low when compared with previous seasons, likely reflects the fact tha...

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Americans without health insurance have until Feb. 15 to enroll in affordable, quality plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace. As a pharmacist, you work with customers without insurance or pharmacy coverage every day who struggle to pay for critical medication(s) out of pocket. You can help them begin enrollment in quality, affordable health insurance coverage simply by providing informati...

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by Kara Zacholski, Pharm.D., PGY2 critical care resident, Detroit Receiving Hospital Prescription drug abuse is at an all-time high in the United States, with opioid analgesics emerging as the most frequently abused prescription medications. In 2013 alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates there were more than 16,000 deaths resulting from opioid overdoses, a dramatic ...

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by Jackie O’Connor, Pharm.D., BCPS, emergency medicine pharmacy resident, Detroit Receiving Hospital Drug overdoses, toxic ingestion of medications, accidental medication exposure, use of illicit drugs and other chemical misadventures are responsible for more than 3.3 million calls annually to Poison Control Centers across the United States. Approximately two thirds of these calls are the r...

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According to the National Community Pharmacists Association, Aetna (Medicare plans) has opened a temporary access window for nonparticipating pharmacy providers to bill claims for affected patients beginning on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, with effective coverage dates going retroactively back to Jan. 1. Please note that this access is TEMPORARY and nonparticipating pharmacies will likely lose their ab...

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