• Celebrate Your Colleagues on National Pharmacist Day 2023

    Published On: January 12, 2023Categories: Member News

    Pharmacy Time January 12, 2023 Aislinn Antrim   Pharmacists report a myriad of reasons for joining the profession, including the connections they can build with patients. National Pharmacist Day is celebrated annually on January 12, offering a day to celebrate the differences pharmacists make in patients’ lives each day. Pharmacists work in nearly every health care environment, including retail, hospitals, specialty pharmacy, and more. The profession is also growing, with an expected 2% growth between 2021 and 2031, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.1 Pharmacists play a key role in the health care system, far beyond dispensing medications. In addition to educating patients about their prescriptions and working daily to ensure medication compliance and provide medication therapy management [...]

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  • FDA to permit some community pharmacies to dispense abortion drugs

    Published On: January 4, 2023Categories: Professional Practice

    FDA said Tuesday that community pharmacies can dispense the drugs used for medication abortion. Previously, the drugs were only available at clinics, directly from physicians, or from mail-order pharmacies. The agency announced its intention to update prescribing protocols for mifepristone, the first drug used in the regimen for medication abortions, a year ago. Tuesday's action, described in an update to part of the FDA website, strengthened a change implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic that increased telehealth access to medication abortions. Additionally, FDA said it would permit certain pharmacies to dispense the drugs directly. The new rules still require patients to have a prescription from a certified health care provider; however, any pharmacy that agrees to accept the prescriptions and follow [...]

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  • Pharmacies are cutting hours and closing stores. What it means for customers.

    Published On: December 15, 2022Categories: Professional Practice

    Randy Florschuetz thought his annual flu shot would be a quick errand. He booked an appointment online for Nov. 21 and showed up at his local Walgreens at the designated time – only to be met with a sign noting it was closed. On Nov. 25, he booked another appointment for the following Monday and headed to the store to pick up a prescription. Again, a sign told him the store was closed for the day. He was greeted with a third sign when we showed up to his rescheduled appointment, this one telling him the store was closed due to a family emergency. “It's kind of funny. During the height of COVID, they actually stayed open when I would expect them to have problems,” [...]

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  • Opinion: Michigan patients deserve relief at the pharmacy counter

    Published On: December 9, 2022Categories: Member News

    As a leader of Plumbers UA Local 98, we are providers of a skilled workforce to Michigan’s biopharmaceutical industry, helping to construct needed research and manufacturing facilities to help produce and discover new cures. In providing this work, our members benefit from the health and welfare benefits connected to these construction jobs. Our members build the facilities where new medicines can help treat costly diseases. As union representatives, we also need to pay attention to the cost of coverage. Out-of-pocket health care costs rose by 3.9% in 2016, according to a new report by Health Affairs. That was the fastest rate of growth in nine years. And in 2016, national health care costs hit a new record — consuming about [...]

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  • COVID-19 deaths down 90% since February: WHO

    Published On: November 11, 2022Categories: Professional Practice

    COVID-19 deaths have fallen significantly over the last nine months, but the world must remain vigilant as new subvariants spread, the World Health Organization's top official said Nov. 9. Last week, about 9,400 deaths were reported globally, down nearly 90 percent from February, when the weekly death toll topped 75,000, according to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD. "We have come a long way, and this is definitely cause for optimism, but we continue to call on all governments, communities and individuals to remain vigilant," he said. "Almost 10,000 deaths a week is 10,000 too many, for a disease that can be prevented and treated." Dr. Tedros' call for vigilance comes as omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 — dubbed 'escape variants' for [...]

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