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Janssen launches new medical information tool

BY Allison Cerra

TITUSVILLE, N.J. — Janssen Scientific Affairs has debuted an new online scientific resource for U.S. healthcare professionals seeking instant access to current information about Janssen products marketed in the United States.

JanssenMD, a Web-based application is designed for use on desktops, tablets and smartphones, has search functionality that enables clinicians to easily find full prescribing information, clinical trial data and safety information about Janssen medications. It is among the first medical information websites to offer a self-service model that is accessible through mobile devices, the company said. Currently, scientific information is available for five pharmaceutical products: Edurant (rilpivirine), Remicade (infliximab), Stelara (ustekinumab), Xarelto (rivaroxaban) and Zytiga (abiraterone acetate). Additional Janssen medications soon will be added to the resource.

"JanssenMD was created to provide healthcare professionals with the information they need, when, where, and how they need it," said Norm Rosenthal, chief scientific officer at Janssen Scientific Affairs. "This unique digital platform enables us to respond to healthcare professionals’ questions with information that is current, accurate, and instantly accessible from any device they are using."


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Among Illinois Medicaid patients, more than one-fifth of kids’ prescriptions go unfilled, study finds

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — More than one-fifth of prescriptions given to children at clinics in Illinois were never filled, according to a new study.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, looked at nearly 17,000 prescriptions for more than 4,800 children in the Illinois Medicaid program who visited two clinics over a 26-month period. The study found "significant associations" between prescription filling and the clinical site, visit type and electronic prescribing.

The study found that among prescriptions that were filled, 69% were filled within one day, and prescriptions for antibiotics from one of the clinic sites, from sick and follow-up visits and electronic prescriptions were "significantly" more likely to be filled.

The authors, led by Rachael Zweigoron of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, suggested that there were system-level factors that affected prescription filling, and that adherence programs should account for factors affecting primary adherence.


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NACDS urging pharmacy advocates to vote via ‘NACDS RxImpact Votes’ program

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — With less than six weeks until Election Day, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores grassroots advocacy program is in high gear with its NACDS RxImpact Votes program, urging pharmacy advocates to help shape pharmacy’s future through political engagement.

The nonpartisan NACDS RxImpact Votes program empowers pharmacy advocates with a toolkit of resources to show the role they can play in the election process. The program focuses its “get out the vote” campaign in three ways:

  1. Offering tools for registering to vote;

  2. Volunteering on a campaign to build candidate relationships before and after the election; and

  3. Voting on Election Day — all for the candidates of their choice. 

Pharmacy advocates can find resources on the NACDS RxImpact Votes website, including election guides, voter information, fact sheets on volunteering for a campaign and tools to help employees engage in the political process. In addition, NACDS has redesigned its Facebook banner and Twitter icon to include the “get out the vote” effort — urging advocates to utilize social media to promote their advocacy activities. 
 
NACDS member companies are identifying opportunities to engage with their employees and patients to get out the vote in a number of ways.  Opportunities include sending letters or postcards to their pharmacists and staff urging them to get involved in the election process, and providing fact sheets, payroll stuffers and literature inside prescription medication bags with information about how patients also can get politically engaged in their communities.
 
“An election is an important opportunity to make one’s voice heard.  Every door that is knocked on and every lever pulled on Election Day is an opportunity to shape politics, and in the long-term shape policies that impact pharmacy and patients,” stated NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson.
 
NACDS RxImpact Votes is also engaging students in the election process. During the month of October, NACDS RxImpact Votes is working to support campus activities and gatherings at colleges and universities of pharmacy in key battleground states to celebrate the power of voting. 
 
“The NACDS RxImpact Votes program provides a roadmap for NACDS member companies, pharmacy students and pharmacy advocates to get engaged and get involved in the election process to make a difference for the future of pharmacy. We urge pharmacy advocates to make their mark and get engaged, get involved and vote on Nov. 6,” Anderson stated.

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