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Digital health products are coming on strong, and P&T committees and health care professionals will have to manage their use.

Timothy Aungst PharmD
F. Randy Vogenberg PhD, RPh
As marijuana legalization and use expands across the U.S., health care systems are struggling to keep abreast of the changes and trends in regulations. Considering marijuana’s federal illegality and other restrictions on its use, the limited evidence for its clinical efficacy, and the myriad psychological adverse events, caution is recommended when establishing policies and procedures regarding coverage of marijuana and CBD products.
James O’Donnell PharmD, MS, FCP
F. Randy Vogenberg BSc Pharm, PhD
In the complex setting of obstetrics and reproductive medicine, the medication-related injuries leading to the most litigation involve some of the most commonly used drugs, rather than the newer, more complicated therapies. The authors present a number of cases illustrating how sophisticated treatment of high-risk pregnancies can be jeopardized by a simple negligent act.
James T. O’Donnell PharmD, MS, FCP
James J. O’Donnell PhD
F. Randy Vogenberg BSc Pharm, PhD
James T. O’Donnell
F. Randy Vogenberg

The authors underscore the importance of understanding standards and procedures as they discuss two lawsuits that arose from drug injury.

James T. O’Donnell PharmD, MS, FCP
F. Randy Vogenberg BSc Pharm, PhD

Telehealth is becoming mainstream in the U.S., as more consumers, employers, hospital systems, and even insurers adopt the technology. The authors explore the challenges of regulation, reimbursement, and licensing as the modality evolves.

Rita M. Marcoux RPh, MBA
F. Randy Vogenberg RPh, PhD

Although the health care marketplace is changing rapidly, some things have not changed, including the need for P&T committees and organizations’ management to beware of ethical and legal issues such as discrimination, quotas, and understaffing.

James O’Donnell PharmD
F. Randy Vogenberg RPh, PhD
Part 2: Risk Management Recommendations

A malpractice claims analysis by an insurer, Healthcare Providers Service Organization, provides recommendations for avoiding errors and injuries. Case examples relate these suggestions to situations that are common in health care settings.

James O’Donnell PharmD
F. Randy Vogenberg RPh, PhD
Part 1: Deconstructing Dispensing Errors

A comprehensive analysis of malpractice claims experience from a professional liability insurer, Healthcare Providers Service Organization, can help P&T committees better understand the risks and challenges they encounter each day.

James O’Donnell PharmD
F. Randy Vogenberg RPh, PhD
Legislative and regulatory efforts to address controlled substance diversion and overuse of narcotics are affecting prescription drug utilization and patient care. These initiatives can influence formulary drug selection, prior authorization procedures, and drug utilization strategies.
E. Paul Larrat RPh, PhD
Rita M. Marcoux RPh, MBA
F. Randy Vogenberg RPh, PhD