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Medicaid managed care plans start paying Ohio pharmacists as providers
Medicaid managed care companies are working with the Ohio Department of Medicaid to act on a 2019 law that recognizes pharmacists as providers in Ohio. Since getting wind of what pharmacists are capable of doing for patients, three Medicaid managed care plans in Ohio have launched programs of their own to pay pharmacists as medical providers. Additional plans are expected to make announcements in the coming months.
Abbott's $5 COVID-19 rapid antigen test gets emergency-use status from FDA
FDA has issued an emergency-use authorization for a low-cost, rapid-response COVID-19 antigen test from Abbott Laboratories. The BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card—which uses technology similar to home pregnancy tests—is intended for use by medical professionals, is about the size of a credit card, and provides results in about 15 minutes.
Teva Pharmaceutical's U.S. unit indicted on price-fixing charges
The Department of Justice's (DOJ) antitrust division has charged Teva Pharmaceutical's U.S. arm with fixing prices on cholesterol medication and other drugs. DOJ brought the case in a Pennsylvania federal court, accusing Teva Pharmaceuticals USA of anti-competitive conduct that resulted in at least $350 million in overcharges to consumers.
August 24, 2020
You’ve still got time to nominate your inspirational colleagues…
We’re still accepting nominations for the APhA Annual Awards and Honors Program, the most comprehensive recognition program in the pharmacy profession. The deadline for nominations is September 1, so…0 comments
August 21, 2020
Immunization Providers Need to Work Together to Increase Access to Lifesaving Childhood Vaccines
There are no greater public health priorities today than defeating the COVID-19 pandemic and protecting our nation from other vaccine-preventable diseases like the seasonal flu. We need all hands on deck to improve Americans’ access to life-saving vaccines during these difficult times.
August 19, 2020
In Major Win, HHS Authorizes Pharmacists to Order and Administer Vaccines to Children Nationwide During the Public Health Emergency
The American Pharmacists Association applauds today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which authorizes licensed pharmacists to provide all vaccines recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and approved or licensed by the FDA, to all children ages 3 to 18 during the COVID-19 pandemic, regardless of state laws and regulations to the contrary.
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