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04/18/2016

PCP Students Among Hundreds of Pharmacists Who Gathered in PA Capitol as “Now Is The Time...”

On Wednesday, April 6, hundreds of pharmacists and student pharmacists converged at the Capitol in Harrisburg for Pennsylvania Pharmacy Day to push the theme of "NOW is the time...” The theme specifically selected to mean the time for pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), for advancing the role of pharmacists' in healthcare, and for protecting patient care. The event was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA). Pharmacists and student pharmacists held over 160 appointments to meet with legislators throughout the day, along with a press conference and rally in the Main Rotunda at the Capitol. The rally focused on key legislative...

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Public Perceptions of Moral Insanity in the 19th Century

Dr. Cristina Hanganu-Bresch, assistant director in the Writing Programs, was invited to present at the “Histories of Forensic Psychiatry and Forensic Psychology” conference held March 17-18, 2016, at University of Canterbury in New Zealand, thanks to a travel grant offered by the conference organizers. Put together by Dr. Heather Wolffram, the conference included a small group of international scholars from Spain, Germany, Hungary, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, and aimed to shed light on the intersection between the two disciplines. The conference program stated: “The intersection of the human sciences with the law has been an area of...

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USciences Prof Moderates Healthiest Nation Town Hall with U.S. Surgeon General

The American Public Health Association (APHA) celebrated Public Health Student Day by hosting a Google Hangout featuring U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on April 8. The Hangout was an opportunity for students from around the country to chat with the nation’s top doc and brainstorm ways to improve the health of our country. APHA Student Assembly Chair Suparna Navale, a doctoral student at the Kent State University Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, provided opening remarks, and Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Public Health Tamar Klaiman, PhD, MPH, and former APHA Student Assembly Chair, moderated the discussion which was viewed...

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Advocating Senior Care in the Community

Submitted by: Lauren Atkinson PharmD’017 Community outreach programs are a vital component to the well-being of a community as well as the organization providing the service. On March 22, 2016, 19 student members of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) PCP chapter attended an annual event at Star Harbor Senior Community Center on Springfield Avenue near campus. ASCP’s main goal nationally and at University of the Sciences is to improve the lives of seniors. The annual Star Harbor Senior Center visit is an effective way to reach that goal by educating senior citizens on the importance of health and...

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PCP Student Receives Travel Grant for National Conference

Christina Ly PharmD’17 was one of only four students selected nationwide to receive a travel grant worth up to $2,500 from the American College of Apothecaries (ACA), International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) and American College of Veterinary Pharmacists (ACVP) Foundations. Ly received the award at the 2016 ACA/IACP/ACVP Educational Conference held from February 24-27, 2016, in Coronado, CA. The Educational Conference is a joint endeavor by the three hosting organizations, ACA, IACP, and ACVP. The conference provides continuing education sessions to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians that are focused on topics related to independent pharmacy, pharmaceutical compounding, pharmacy law, and...

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04/15/2016

Introduction to Biosimilars

As clinical guidelines are published and the pharmaceutical industry innovates, the practice of pharmacy changes. At the fore front of innovation is the biologic. These medications are capable of achieving clinical outcomes that traditional small chemical medications cannot. Biologics are not without disadvantages. In addition to being more challenging to create, these medications are also orders of magnitude more expensive. This cost has kept biologics as an alternative or not even an option to patients who would greatly benefit from their use. In order to solve this issue, the pharmaceutical industry is developing biosimilars, or medications that are similar to...

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04/12/2016

What is Big Data and How Will it Revolutionize the Health Industry? - PART I

Big Data is one of those new terms that has been getting a lot of media coverage. If you’re like me, you have been confused by what it even means. The short answer is that Big Data is a new approach for organizing and analyzing the massive amounts of data being generated each day. Big Data allows for insights that were practically impossible under traditional approaches. We are at the doorstep of a revolution, yet we still haven’t maximized our potential with old techniques and approaches. Before we dive into the future of Big Data, it helps to first realize...

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04/07/2016

Lowering Drug Costs and the 340b Drug Pricing Program

In order to protect patients from high drug costs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offers several plans qualifying patients can sign up for (more information available here). There are patients however, who are in need of federal assistance on drug costs but do not qualify for one of these plans. In order to reach some of these patients, the congress created a policy under section 340B of the Public Health Services Act. This policy is managed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and is known today simply as the 340b drug pricing program. This program...

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Policies to Help Stabilize Rising Drug Costs

In the last blog I reviewed drug pricing terminology between the wholesaler and pharmacies. In this blog I will review how this process can lead to increasing drug costs. I will also two discuss public policies that have been implemented to try to stabilize that trend. As mentioned previously, pharmacies are reimbursed at a discounted Average Wholesale Price (AWP). Pharmacies can seek deals with wholesalers to buy drugs at the Wholesale Acquisition Cost, WAC, or Average Manufacturer Price, AMP. Pharmacies will then make a profit by selling at around AWP. In other words, a pharmacy’s profit can be represented as...

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Usciences Research Gains Traction in Men's Health

USciences’ motto is “proven everywhere.” One reason why the “proven everywhere” motto makes sense for USciences is because we teach students, and professors themselves use scientific research as the basis for teaching and scholarship. One such area is the Health Policy Program at Mayes College of Healthcare Business & Policy. Health policy is the investigation of problems in health (not just healthcare and its delivery) in its broadest sense using scientific methods of study to develop evidence-based recommendations for changes and innovations in policy. One challenge is that policymakers sometimes eschew data and evidence when making policy; rather, they are...

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