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NACDS, NCPA push Congress not to raise TRICARE copays

BY David Salazar
WASHINGTON — Two industry organizations are asking Congress not to raise pharmacy copays for TRICARE beneficiaries. In a letter to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and National Community Pharmacists Association point out that the Congressional Budget Office has warned of the potential impact that provisions in the Senate FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 
 
“In reviewing the Senate version of the FY2016 NDAA, the CBO found that copay increases would result in an increase of over $1 billion in other federal spending for medical services, particularly in Medicare,” the letter said. “The CBO has again this year found similar results for the copay increases included in the Senate version of the FY2017 NDAA.”
 
NACDS and NCPA urged the Senate committee to adopt the House’s position, which does not include provisions that would increase TRICARE copays, arguing that higher copays can have detrimental effects on patient health and federal spending. 
 
“Further copay increases place even greater financial burdens on TRICARE beneficiaries and unfairly penalize TRICARE beneficiaries who prefer to use local pharmacies,” the letter said. “Additionally, restricting beneficiary access and raising copay amounts can have the unintended effect of reducing medication adherence, resulting in decreased health outcomes and increased use of more costly medical interventions, such as physician and emergency room visits, and hospitalizations. These additional costs are often shifted to other federal programs.”
 
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FDA approves 10th indication for Humira

BY David Salazar
SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved AbbVie’s Humira (adalimumab) to treat adults with non-infectious intermediate, posterior and panuveitas, the company announced Friday. Its new indication is the 10th for the drug in the U.S. for immune-meditated diseases.
 
"We are pleased to provide patients with the first FDA-approved non-corticosteroid treatment option for certain types of uveitis, an eye disease that can flare and impact vision,” AbbVie EVP research and development and chief scientific officer Dr. Mike Severino said. "These approvals reflect our ongoing focus on continuing to innovate with HUMIRA to address critical unmet needs of patients living with serious immune-mediated diseases."
 
Humira was first approved in 2003, and has since been approved in more than 90 countries. 
 
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D.PATEL says:
Jul-05-2016 12:47 pm

very good articles. i wish they put some annual sales of otc and rx drugs for knowledge.

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University of Buffalo launches first pre-pharmacy summer camp for high school students

BY Vivian Lee

The University at Buffalo is launching a pre-pharmacy summer camp for high school students across the United States who are interested in pursuing the profession.

According to the university, the three-day camp will be hosted by the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS). Nearly 60 students will get the inside scoop on the ins and outs of pharmacy practice through activities that simulate combining and dispensing medications and counseling patients.

The program will be held July 12-14 in Kapoor Hall on the UB South Campus. Activities will run from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

"By participating in this program, talented students can explore a health profession that joins their strong interests in math and science, and their desire to help others," said Christine Stumm, SPPS associate director of admissions and advisement. "The earlier students identify their career path, the sooner they can streamline their education and graduate study."

Students will be able to participate in hands-on activities, such as compounding; visit local clinical practices and research labs; and attend lectures by UB faculty and Buffalo-area SPPS alumni on topics that range from vaccinations to the future of the profession.

The camp also highlights educational opportunities at SPPS and recommends high school courses students can take to prepare for undergraduate pharmacy coursework.

For more information, click here.

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