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Indiana Governor Signs Bill that Supports Transparent Communication

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed bipartisan legislation enabling retail pharmacies within his state to substitute interchangeable biologic medicines, once approved, for the innovator drug on which they are based. Not only does this legislation empower pharmacists to use their professional discretion to automatically substitute interchangeable biologic medicines, it also ensures transparent communication within a patient’s entire health care team to ensure the best decisions possible. The newly signed Senate Bill 262 ensures pharmacists communicate with the Read More >

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The International Myeloma Foundation Pioneers Myeloma Awareness Month

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Years ago, after much frustration over the lack of understanding and awareness of multiple myeloma, the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) declared March as “Myeloma Awareness Month” and has grown its program into a multifaceted campaign. This year’s program included a kickoff live event, free teleconference, new website, social media, local proclamations, and “Myeloma Awareness Month” kits for the more than 150 IMF support groups across the country. At the start of the month, IMF launched Read More >

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Washington Post: Crowdsourcing Medical Decisions

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On Monday, Ariana Eunjung Cha wrote about the difficult ethical issue of Compassionate Use, which allows a patient access to an unapproved treatment when others with similar requests are denied access. Arthur Caplan, director of the division of medical ethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, describes it as a moral dilemma that could not be ‘more troubling and impossible-to-resolve’. In the article, Caplan asserts that ‘it’s best for the company to focus on getting the Read More >

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AIR 340B: New Analysis Shows Most 340B Hospitals Provide Little Charity Care

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Today, the Alliance for Integrity and Reform of 340B (AIR 340B) released a new report, showing that a substantial portion of hospitals enrolled in the 340B drug discount program provide only the barest amount of charity care, and as such they are not fulfilling Congress’ expectations about the program. Congress created the program in 1992 to help uninsured indigent patients gain better access to prescription medicines. The original intention of the program was to provide Read More >

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Promising News for Babies Born HIV-Positive

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This week, scientists announced that they have cleared HIV in a Long Beach, Calif.-baby who doctors confirmed was infected with the virus at the time of birth. Last year, doctors reported that a baby in Mississippi had been cleared of the virus after receiving aggressive drug treatment 30 hours after birth. The most recent announcement is particularly significant because the latest baby was confirmed to have the virus and doctors immediately started the baby on Read More >

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