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Americans are concerned about the security of their health data

BY Michael Johnsen

PHOENIX – As many as 76% of U.S. adults are concerned that their health care records are vulnerable to hackers, according to a new survey released Tuesday by the University of Phoenix College of Health Professions School of Health Services Administration. 
 
Those in their 20s (72%) and 30s (71%) are the least likely to be concerned with the vulnerability of their health care records when compared with older generations, however a strong majority still express concern. Approximately 4 in 5 U.S. adults in their 40s (80%) and 50s (83%) reported concern.
 
“In the digital age of health care, protecting patients’ private information from cyber criminals while still making it readily available to the patients themselves is a complex challenge,” said Mark Johannsson, academic dean for University of Phoenix School of Health Services Administration. “This dichotomy demonstrates the importance of health care systems collaborating with technology industry leaders to preserve patient records, while also making them easily accessible.”
 
U.S. adults are fairly split on their comfort level sharing their health care records across health care networks locally, across state lines and across country borders. More than half (55%) say they are very or somewhat comfortable, and 45% say they are not at all or not very comfortable. Those in their 20s and 30s were more likely to be comfortable (60% and 61%) than older respondents. For those in their 40s, 50s and 60s+, 55%, 48% and 54%, respectively, are very or somewhat comfortable with the possibility of their health care records being shared.
 
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Camber launches generic Mirapex, Plavix

BY David Salazar

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Camber Pharmaceuticals announced Wednesday that it had launched two new generics.

One of the new launches is the company’s generic of Plavix (clopidogrel) tablets, which is indicated to prevent blood clots after heart attack or stroke, as well as in patients with heart and blood vessel disorders. The drug will be available in 20-, 90- and 500-count bottles of 75-mg tablets.

Camber has also rolled out its Mirapex (prampipexole dihydrochloride) tablets. The drug is meant to treat Parkinson’s diseases and restless legs syndrome. It will be available in 90-count bottles of 0.125-, 0.25-, 0.75, 1- and 1.5-mg tablets. 

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CDC recognizes APhA for role in advancing immunizations

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON – Since the American Pharmacists Association launched its Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program nearly 20 years ago, more than 260,000 pharmacists have been trained to provide immunization services across the lifespan in all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico, APhA announced Wednesday. 
 
“APhA’s commitment to training and collaboration has increased access to vaccination services through expanded scopes of practice for immunizing pharmacists. Over the last 20 years pharmacists have played an expanding role in reducing the risk of vaccine preventable illnesses,” stated Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general and principal deputy director, CDC, in a letter to APhA. “My colleagues and I at the CDC applaud your accomplishments … and your continued efforts to improve the health of our communities by reducing vaccine-preventable diseases.”
 
Pharmacists in particular can reduce barriers to getting the influenza vaccine in a way that other members of the immunization neighborhood may not, because of their hours and locations. Pharmacists also set a great example for their colleagues and patients. They led health professionals with a 95% immunization rate for themselves last year, according to a recent CDC survey published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Doctors and nurses followed closely behind at 89%.
 
“We are grateful to Dr. Schuchat and her colleagues at the CDC for their recognition and support of our efforts to improve pharmacists’ role in the immunization neighborhood and increasing the public’s access to needed vaccinations,” said APhA EVP and CEO, Thomas Menighan. “Pharmacists are educated members of the immunization neighborhood ready to address your vaccination needs and help you sort through the available options and information.”
 
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