The Georgia Pharmacy Association
By Andrew Kantor

June 24, 2017

Fair to middling

Last year’s flu vaccine was a bit less effective than usual for people under 65 (42 percent, the CDC figures), but for older folks it was virtually ineffective.

Iffy about research out of China?

You’re not alone, of course, but you might have less to worry about. The country is considering the death penalty for research fraud.

A tick bite could make you allergic to … meat?

Yep. Watch out for the Lone Star tick, notable for the spot on its back. Luckily, it’s a lot larger than the deer ticks that spread West Nile Virus.

The power of communication

You get a prescription for a patient that isn’t covered by his insurance. Have you considered texting him immediately? Here’s a story about why you might.

Extra virgin olive oil prevents Alzheimer’s!!!!!1!!!

Time to start chugging a bottle or two a day! (Reality: one study from one university found that “mice with EVOO-enriched diets had better memories and learning abilities compared to the rodents who didn’t eat the oil.”

WHATEVER! OLIVE OIL STOPS ALZHEIMER’S!!!!!!

(sigh)

—Monday, June 26 

June 21, 2017

“It’s a scam” vs ‘It’s a convenience’

It’s two, two, two meds in one! A little Aleve, a little Nexium, and for the low, low price of $3,252 a month!

In unrelated news, insurance companies are raising premiums.

Want to control type 2 diabetes better?

Make a team and include a pharmacist. Shocking, right?

How does Mylan avoid paying taxes?

It owns coal-processing plants — and gets tax credits for doing so. (Oh, and it also moved its headquarters to the Netherlands to avoid U.S. taxes.)

Long-acting Adderall gets FDA approval

Shire’s Mydadis should last 16 hours. That is all.

Trump’s first step to easing drug prices is out

The basics: Reduce regulations, cut back on the 340B program (which requires drug makers to give discounts to hospitals and clinics that serve low-income patients), and lengthen patent protection overseas.

That will save (or make) drug makers money, which the administration expects to be passed down to insurers and consumers.

The FDA wants to increase generic competition

It’s holding a hearing on July 18 to see how to get more generics to market and prevent “gaming” of the regulatory rules.

—Wednesday, June 21 

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The Dreaded OSHA Update (CPEasy)

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APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery: A Certificate Program for Pharmacists

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