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A fire ant toxin may lead to new medications for psoriasis.
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Supplementation of vitamin D cut the risk of serious asthma attacks that require a visit to the hospital or emergency department in half in a recent study.
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Use of electronic health records allow pharmacists to increase medication safety and provide superior patient care.
Patients taking buprenorphine and methadone with benzodiazepines or other central nervous system depressants should be closely monitored.
The FDA is not authorized to review the safety and efficacy of dietary supplement products before they are sold on the market.
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For patients with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis, actual-to-expected dosing ratios and costs were lower for etanercept than for ustekinumab.
An examination of payer coverage for multiple sclerosis drugs shows variation in how these drugs are covered and in the evidence that payers review to make these decisions.
Physician-, payer-, and patient-based organizations are increasingly developing frameworks that measure the value of a treatment and define it in terms of specific target audiences.
Medication compliance is associated with lower overall and disease-related healthcare costs in patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis receiving biologic therapies.
Clinician and patient understanding and access considerations represent the most significant hurdles inhibiting the uptake of biosimilars for inflammatory conditions.
Specialty pharmacies and managed care organizations will need to work together to truly balance the scale between cost and improved patient outcomes.
The distribution of infusible specialty medications comes with difficulties that must be addressed by pharmacies and payers.
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