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American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Dec. 2-6

The ASHP Midyear 2018 Clinical Meeting & Exhibition The annual meeting of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) was held from Dec....
National health care spending slowed in 2017

2017 Saw Slowing in National Health Care Spending

Slower growth in health care spending mainly due to use and intensity of goods and services
The drugs most commonly involved in drug overdose deaths during 2011 to 2016 include fentanyl

CDC Identifies Drugs Frequently Involved in Drug Overdose Deaths

Oxycodone, heroin, and fentanyl ranked first in 2011, 2012-2015, 2016; cocaine ranked second or third
Antipsychotic use is associated with an increased risk for unexpected death among children and youths

Antipsychotics Up Risk for Unexpected Death in Youths

Risk for unexpected deaths increased in higher-dose antipsychotic group versus control group
Consumers should not use two electronic cigarette liquids that contain erectile dysfunction drugs because they may pose health risks

FDA: Some E-Cigarette Liquids Contain Erectile Dysfunction Meds

Sildenafil and tadalafil not approved to be sold over the counter and are being sold illegally
Certain Kotex tampons are being recalled by Kimberly-Clark because they can unravel and leave pieces inside women's bodies.

Recalled Kotex Tampons Can Unravel Inside Body

Small number of reports include infections, vaginal irritation, localized vaginal injury
Enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is down with just days left to sign up

Enrollment Under the Affordable Care Act Down From Last Year

In most states, Saturday is the sign-up deadline for coverage beginning Jan. 1
An expert consensus decision pathway has been developed for tobacco cessation treatment; the report was published online Dec. 5 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Consensus Decision Pathway Developed for Tobacco Cessation

Patients who use tobacco should be offered brief intervention, including prescriptions, behavioral support
CT-P13

Reference Infliximab, Biosimilar Equivalent for Crohn’s Disease

CT-P13 is equivalent to reference product in primary outcome; no difference in safety outcomes

CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, Dec. 4-8

The 41st Annual CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium The annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium was held from Dec. 4 to 8...