A lawsuit brought against the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) by five West Virginia residents has been settled, and will force the agency to competitively bid its contracts with managed care organizations (MCOs) that cover Medicaid beneficiaries in the state. Five [Read more...]
Fewer teens are misusing prescription opioids, according to the 2015 Monitoring the Future Survey. For example, in 2015, 4.4% of high school seniors reported non-medical use of Vicodin compared with the peak rate of 10.5% in 2003. However, the study also shows that non-medical use of the [Read more...]
Among 21 professionals, the public continues to give pharmacists high marks for honesty and ethics according to the recent annual Gallup Poll. Pharmacists came in second to nurses and just ahead of physicians. Pharmacists have been either first or second in the Poll for almost 20 years.
A recent survey of pharmacists using the "Simplify My Meds" program documented how both patients and pharmacists benefit from medication synchronization programs, or "Med Sync." The survey was taken nationwide. Respondents overwhelmingly noted that med sync has increased efficiency in their [Read more...]