The Georgia Pharmacy Association
By Andrew Kantor

March 27, 2017

Legislative update: week 10

Lots of bits of news on legislation other than our big bill: DCH audits, drug updates, PDMP, and more. Check out the details at GPhA.org/legislativeupdate.

Drugmakers are pulling their YouTube ads

After a British paper found ads from major companies were being paired with hate-speech videos, those companies — think J&J and GSK — are demanding that Google (which owns YouTube) keep their ads away from that kind of content.

A single vaccine for newborns could be on the horizon

Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital may soon start human trials on a vaccine that could be given to newborns to protect them against diphtheria, Hib, pertussis, polio, and tetanus.

Currently parents have to wait at least two months before giving those vaccinations — leaving the kids susceptible to infection in the meantime.

Mangosteens could fight TB

A compound found in mangosteens could help fight TB. In other news, there’s a fruit called a mangosteen. The more you know.

Last chance to serve on the GPhA board next year

If you want to nominate yourself or someone else for a seat on the upcoming GPhA Board of Directors, those nominations close this Friday, March 31.

You can help set the association’s direction and make a major impact on Georgia pharmacy — take a few minutes and fill out the nomination form. Get more info and apply at GPhA.org/board2017.

Middle-aged whites are killing themselves

Something bad is going on: Middle-aged white people are committing suicide, turning to alcohol, and abusing drugs in startlingly high numbers.

That’s leading to a jump in mortality rate for non-college-educated whites, likely due to “pain, distress, and social dysfunction.”

Purdue may be cutting back on opioids

Seeing a declining market for the painkillers, the company is looking more at meds “that offer patients better treatment outside the opiate space.”

—Monday, March 27 

March 24, 2017

Tax increase and credits could save some of Georgia’s rural hospitals

Facing a financial crisis with the impending cuts to Medicaid, a couple of rays of hope have appeared for the state’s rural hospitals: tax increases (Monroe and Jefferson counties) and a potential statewide tax credit for donors.

El doctor lo está esperando

Medical tourism to Mexico is already a big business — and it could get bigger.

Mexico has quickly emerged as a world leader in medical tourism, luring an estimated 1 million patients each year, many of them from the U.S. — not just with cheap pharmaceuticals and dental services but also a range of procedures, from heart surgeries to in vitro fertilization and cancer treatments. They can receive care by specialists at high-quality hospitals and clinics for a fraction of the cost in the States.

Something to think about

As right-to-try laws gain momentum, here’s a point to ponder: How should pharmacists prepare for patients who might be using experimental drugs? Or would that be between patients and their physicians?

Pssst

We told you that registration for the Georgia Pharmacy Convention was open, right? Don’t forget to register and get your hotel room!

That stinks (or doesn’t)

Yesterday we told you that older women with a better sense of smell seem to have better social lives. Now it seems that if you LOSE your sense of smell it might predict your early demise.

New rotavirus vaccine could save half a million children

It doesn’t require refrigeration and can be stored for up to a year. Doctors Without Borders calls it a “game changer.

The Pill can reduce cancer risk

A new study, looking at decades worth of data, finds that long-term use of contraceptive pills can reduce women’s risk of several kinds of cancer.

“[W]e found from looking at up to 44 years’ worth of data, was that having ever used the pill, women are less likely to get colorectal, endometrial and ovarian cancer.”

—Monday, March 27 

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