People overdosing continue to get refills

Even after overdosing on opioid medications, more than nine out of 10 patients continued to get prescriptions for powerful painkillers, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The overdoses examined in the report were serious enough to send patients to emergency [Read more...]

Pharmacists may provide naloxone under protocol

House Bill 4035 approved by the House of Delegates Health and Human Resources Committee, January 18, permits pharmacists to furnish naloxone hydrochloride in accordance with standardized procedures or protocols developed and approved by both the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy and West Virginia [Read more...]

PBM regulation legislation introduced

Senator Ryan Ferns (R-Ohio) is lead sponsor of Senate Bill 322 in the West Virginia Senate calling for regulation of the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) industry.  Co-sponsoring the proposed legislation are Senators Ron Stollings (D-Boone), Charles Trump (R-Morgan) and Ed Gaunch (R-Kanawha).  WVPA [Read more...]