CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES: CMS Approves State Proposal to Advance Specific Medicaid Value-Based Arrangements with Drug Makers

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the first-ever approval of a state plan amendment proposal to allow the state of Oklahoma to negotiate supplemental rebate agreements involving value-based purchasing arrangements with drug manufacturers that could produce extra rebates for the state if clinical outcomes are not achieved Read More »

U.S FOOD AND ADMINISTRATION: FDA approves automated insulin delivery and monitoring system for use in younger pediatric patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approval of the MiniMed 670G hybrid closed looped system, a diabetes management device that is intended to automatically monitor glucose (sugar) and provide appropriate basal insulin doses with little or no input from the user, to include individuals aged 7 to 13 with type 1 diabetes. Read More »

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HEALTH-SYSTEM PHARMACISTS: Widespread Unavailability of Critical Medications Jeopardizes Patient Care in U.S. Hospitals

ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists), the 45,000-member national association representing pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory care settings, is calling for swift action from policymakers to address the persistent shortages of critical medications in hospitals and health systems. Read More »

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HEALTH -SYSTEM PHARMACIST: Provider Status Bill Receives Public Support at House Hearing on Opioids

A hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s health subcommittee on the opioid epidemic, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) discussed the pharmacist’s role in delivering patient care to Medicare beneficiaries and noted her support for legislation that allows pharmacists to care for patients in certain underserved areas. Specifically, she mentioned the benefits of H.R. 592, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, and submitted a letter of support from the Washington Pharmacy Association. Read More »