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Get the Dirt on DIR Fees
Direct and indirect remuneration fees can cause pharmacies to spend more on stocking and dispensing medications.
Gabapentin not found to improve low back pain more than a placebo.
Training the body to recognize beta cells as non-harmful may result in a cure for type 1 diabetes.
Long-term exposure to e-cigarette vapor could double the risk of aortic stiffness.
Duzallo (lesinurad and allopurinol) may result in better disease control among patients with gout.
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Instructional methods can improve effectiveness of hand-held inhalers for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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From the Journals

The distribution of infusible specialty medications comes with difficulties that must be addressed by pharmacies and payers.
Implementing a quality-improvement project that allows for education and interdisciplinary collaboration among pharmacists, cardiologists, and primary care providers can improve rates of amiodarone monitoring.
The perception and utilization of OTC medications among primary care providers for gastroesophageal reflux disease and chronic constipation shows a need for improved patient education on these medications.
Evidentiary standards for new or supplementary cancer therapeutic indication approvals by the FDA are consistent with off-label indication inclusions on Medicare-referenced compendia.
Healthcare stakeholders must work with regulators and policy makers to reduce barriers that prevent the alignment of a drug’s value and price.
The cost of squamous cell cancer of the head and neck is driven primarily by the end-of-life phase. Treatment costs increased following the approval of cetuximab.
Given the need to provide patients with access to effective medications, it is likely that we will see more value-based contracts in the future; however, some key operational, communications, and regulatory barriers will need to be addressed first.
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