Here I share some of the latest news, articles, editorials, or blog posts that fall generally under the theme of Pharma or healthcare. I might throw in a something off-topic from time to time which I found while wandering throughout the endless hallways and corridors of the internet. All article shared will be free to read and not locked behind an annoying paywall.
PHARMACY DIRECTOR JOBS IN MASSACHUSETTS
Those looking to move up the career ladder can find numerous opportunities for leadership roles in their state. Management and leadership are great career paths but they are not for everyone. But if this interests you, check out this list from Indeed.com for Massachusetts. Or try your own state by just by typing in “pharmacy” and “director” along with your home state. INDEED.COM. READ MORE.
TWO OREGON PHARMACIES CLOSING
This always saddens me. “Reimbursements for medications are low, and insurance companies aren’t covering the cost of medications, Garrison said.” Yep. That is the long and short of it. PBM’s are reimbursing many pharmacies below cost for our prescriptions. It is not sustainable. ALBANY DEMOCRAT HERALD. READ MORE.
VITAMIN D EVIDENCE LANGUISHING
As with virtually every vitamin, they have seasons of promotion and decline. I’ve watched them all get touted and recommended…and then the evidence swings the other way. Now it is Vitamin D’s turn to take a hit. “Stop. Stop taking it. Stop measuring it, if you are doing it for the prevention of any major common disease. It doesn’t work,” said Dr. Steven Cummings.” THE BOSTON GLOBE. READ MORE.
DO EXPIRATION DATES MATTER?
This may be a good one to share with your friends and family. CNBC interviewed a CVS pharmacist, Erin Burton, to learn more about expiration dates on medications. “t’s important to check out the expiration dates on medications because once we’re past that date, they become less effective, Burton tells CNBC”. CNBC. READ MORE.
OLDER AMERICANS STOPPING MEDS
It appears a growing number of seniors are deciding to cut back on their prescription medications, many times doing so without consulting their prescriber first. This could be risky. “…more than one-third of older adults said they had quit taking a medication they had been using for more than a year without talking first to a doctor, pharmacist or nurse practitioner.” UPI. READ MORE.
EDITORIAL ON ANTIOBESITY MEDS BY DR. FREEDHOFF
Great little opinion piece on the topic of obesity, the media bias surrounding this topic, and the reaction to semaglutide approval in the UK. “Recent coverage of semaglutide has been — unsurprisingly for those of us working in obesity treatment and advocacy — largely dismissive of the compelling evidence we now have that tells us obesity is a complex chronic disease.” MEDSCAPE. READ MORE.
FOR FUN – NEW ENGLAND VS. MANHATTAN CLAM CHOWDER
For those of us who take our food (but not ourselves) seriously, a good article on the history and differences between chowders is always a worthy read. My vote will always with the New England version. “The recipe reportedly dates back to the 17th century, when French sailors traveling to New England used local ingredients to recreate the rich soups from their homeland. The similarity between “chowder” and chaudiere, the French word for “cauldron,” supports this theory.” MENTAL FLOSS. READ MORE.
Last modified: May 4, 2023