Tracey Walker, Contributing Editor
Will other chain pharmacies follow CVS in banning the sale of cigarettes?
An interdisciplinary group of pharmacists, pharmacy school and medical school faculty, pharmacy students, nurses, physicians, attorneys, and health advocates have called on Walgreens and Rite Aid to join CVS Caremark and stop the sale of tobacco products in their stores.
Oncologists endorse single-payer healthcare system
Two oncologists call on ASCO and their peers to support a system that will meet the needs of their patients.
Quality improvement program boosts outcomes for teens with asthma
A quality improvement initiative conducted in a primary care setting greatly improved asthma control and outcomes for high-risk adolescents.
Copaxone: Higher doses, less-frequent dosing get FDA nod
40 mg/mL dose of glatiramer acetate injection three times a week will permit a simpler regimen for patients with relapsing forms of MS.
MS progression strongly predicted by low vitamin D levels
Vitamin D has a strong protective effect against the disease process that underlies multiple sclerosis.
Large study supports benefits of flu vaccine for adults with diabetes
Study of 166,715 people showed that adults with diabetes had more comorbidities and got more flu shots than did nondiabetics.
Delirium in critically ill patients can be reduced with statins
Continued use of statins may help prevent delirium in critically ill patients who received statins before hospital admission, according to a study published online ahead of print in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
PBMs to limit availability of branded drugs on formularies
Express Scripts and CVS Caremark are expected to expand their list of non-covered drugs for the 2015 plan year, leading to challenging pricing negotiations between branded pharmaceutical companies and PBMs.
Antibiotics overused for adult emergency-room patients
An analysis of emergency department (ED) visits over a 10-year period found that while inappropriate antibiotic use is decreasing in pediatric settings, it continues to remain a problem in adults, according to a study published ahead of print in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.
FDA: Prescribers, dispensers should stop use of combination painkillers with more than 325 mg of acetaminophen
FDA is recommending healthcare professionals discontinue prescribing and dispensing prescription combination drug products that contain more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule or other dosage unit.

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