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Americans without health insurance have until Feb. 15 to enroll in affordable, quality plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace. As a pharmacist, you work with customers without insurance or pharmacy coverage every day who struggle to pay for critical medication(s) out of pocket. You can help them begin enrollment in quality, affordable health insurance coverage simply by providing informati...

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by Kara Zacholski, Pharm.D., PGY2 critical care resident, Detroit Receiving Hospital Prescription drug abuse is at an all-time high in the United States, with opioid analgesics emerging as the most frequently abused prescription medications. In 2013 alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates there were more than 16,000 deaths resulting from opioid overdoses, a dramatic ...

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by Jackie O’Connor, Pharm.D., BCPS, emergency medicine pharmacy resident, Detroit Receiving Hospital Drug overdoses, toxic ingestion of medications, accidental medication exposure, use of illicit drugs and other chemical misadventures are responsible for more than 3.3 million calls annually to Poison Control Centers across the United States. Approximately two thirds of these calls are the r...

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According to the National Community Pharmacists Association, Aetna (Medicare plans) has opened a temporary access window for nonparticipating pharmacy providers to bill claims for affected patients beginning on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, with effective coverage dates going retroactively back to Jan. 1. Please note that this access is TEMPORARY and nonparticipating pharmacies will likely lose their ab...

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Aetna (Medicare plans) has made some significant changes to their pharmacy networks for 2015. Several pharmacies have been incorrectly identified as participating within the Aetna Medicare Part D network, and this information is being provided to beneficiaries on the Medicare Plan Finder as well as on the Aetna Web site. This error was corrected on Dec. 22, 2014, however, many beneficiaries had a...

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