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July 17, 2016 • News & Politics • Views: 1022

Here is a quick review of some of the most recent pharma news stories from around the country:

Despite Opioid Concerns, Seniors Often Exit The Hospital With Prescription

It’s a common scenario: Someone checks into a hospital for surgery or an illness and leaves with a prescription for an opioid painkiller, opening the door to long-term use and dependence. A recent study examined this pattern and found the prescriptions are used and renewed more often than you might imagine….

 

No cure in sight for rising prescription drug prices

A just-released Consumer Reports survey finds many Americans are struggling to afford rising prescription costs, with one in three paying more now than a year ago, according to deputy editor Lisa Gill…

[Honest Apothecary:  Ummm…except maybe for the hundreds of commonly used prescription drugs that are sold for $4 or less?]

 

Pioneering black pharmacist Sterling Henry Sr. dies at 79

Sterling Henry Sr., a pioneering black pharmacist and businessman, died Tuesday at his home in New Orleans. He was 79.  Henry was the son of Clarence “Chink” Henry, longtime leader of New Orleans’ black longshoremen’s union and a civil rights activist…

 

Last week in review from Pharmacy Times:

 

Pharmacist faces prison sentence for obstructing Medicare audit

An Alabama pharmacist faces up to five years in prison and has been fined $2.5 million after admitting he obstructed a Medicare audit of two pharmacies he owned…

 

One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana

There’s a body of research showing that painkiller abuse and overdose are lower in states with medical marijuana laws. These studies have generally assumed that when medical marijuana is available, pain patients are increasingly choosing pot over powerful and deadly prescription narcotics. But that’s always been just an assumption…

 

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

 

 


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