BREAKING NEWS

Agency says products for sexual enhancement, weight loss, and bodybuilding have hidden drugs and chemicals.
A meta-analysis that included 18 million participants found no protection from heart disease or stroke.
There is a small difference between them and biosimilars that physicians, patients, and insurers should be aware of.
It will nearly quadruple within the next five years, according to a new report, though concerns about how they’re manufactured remain.
Some of that can be chalked up to the differences in cost of living from place to place, but not all.
Health plans expected to continue pushing for value-based payment arrangements.
One of the proposed changes makes remote patient monitoring an allowable cost.
European researchers looked at arthritis’ patients reactions when being switched from etanercept or nfliximab.
Puts down $700 million to buy nearly 50% of Samsung.
The move comes even though some of the pharma company’s rivals have promised to raise prices only once a year.

P&T July 2018
Table of Contents

Features

Changes Nibble Around the Edge of Drug Pricing, But Bigger Bites May Be Coming
Quiet changes in federal health programs make minor but significant consumer-friendly changes in the way drugs are priced for seniors in 2019. The author considers how this lays the groundwork for more radical changes in the future.
The authors discuss the diagnosis, the role of chemotherapy, and the role of emerging therapies in the treatment of metastatic soft tissue sarcoma.
This article reviews the clinical data concerning the uses of hydroxyurea, L-glutamine, and crizanlizumab in treating pain crises associated with sickle cell disease.
Health care professionals report greater satisfaction with their time demands and the perceived accuracy of medication histories after the addition of pharmacy technicians to the medication reconciliation process in the ED at two large hospitals.
Meeting Highlights
We report on sessions on immunotherapies for non–small-cell lung cancer and pancreatic cancer from AACR.
Meeting Highlights
Endometriosis, hypoactive sexual desire disorder, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and more from ACOG.

Departments

Medication Errors
Preventing incidents of oral meds given intravenously
Prescription: Washington
Hospitals search for IV opioids
Approvals, new indications, regulatory activities, and more
Fostamatinib (Tavalisse) for thrombocytopenia in adults with chronic immune thrombocytopenia; coagulation factor Xa (recombinant), inactivated-zhzo (Andexxa) for the reversal of anticoagulation; epoetin alfa-epbx (Retacrit), a biosimilar for the treatment of anemia
Drug Forecast
Etelcalcetide (Parsabiv) for hyperparathyroidism in adults with chronic kidney disease on hemodialysis