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Others think it’s a major tool to bring down drug costs BY: MARTY SCHLADEN - AUGUST 20, 2021 12:40 AM        Prescription drugs sit on a pharmacist’s counter. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images. An industry group representing powerful drug middlemen has gone to court to stop a federal rule intended to bring transparen...

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Julie Schmidt is a cardiology clinical pharmacist at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo and has been an MSHP/MPA member since 2013. Describe Your Role/Day in the Life: It depends on the day! Some days, I work on the inpatient cardiology floor, and other days, I am working in our outpatient heart failure clinic. On the inpatient side, I work with providers and nurses to make sure patient...

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday amended the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for both the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for the use of an additional dose in certain immunocompromised individuals, specifically, solid organ transplant recipients or those who are diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent...

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The COVID-19 pandemic caused PBMs to shift last year from in-person audits of pharmacies to virtual ones, adding significantly to pharmacists' workloads. Data from PAAS National, a pharmacy audit assistance service, showed the number of pharmacy audits in 2020 dropped almost 14% from the previous year. However, the overall number of prescriptions reviewed increased 40% — meaning that pha...

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Stephen R. Ehardt of Lexington, Mich., past president of the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) and state representative for Michigan’s 83rd District, died at the age of 66 on Thursday, July 29, 2021. Ehardt was president and CEO of Ehardt’s Pharmacy, an instructor and adjunct professor at multiple colleges and served as a Republican state representative from 1999 until 2004. He...

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