The Weekly Roundup

March 04, 2016 | Pamela Youngberg Dickson

Generic drug ETF is falling in the market despite the heavy focus on drug pricing in Congress and among the presidential candidates. Meanwhile, on the brand front, the FDA has been busy with a new single-pill Hepatitis C treatment. While the labeling has extensive coverage of drug-on-drug interactions, pharmacists should be aware that interactions may lead to increases or reductions in exposure to elbasvir and/or grazoprevir. Here are a few more pieces we found this week we think might interest you:

  • Maybe this will encourage you to get your zzzz’s. In this small and statistically insignificant study, we learn that sleep deprivation gives people the munchies. This insight is just in time for national sleep awareness week: next week, March 6-11.
  • Certain reproductive drugs have been found to work differently in women who are overweight or obese. In addition to tuning up their understanding of dosage and drug choices, community pharmacists again find themselves front and center with an opportunity to be a more integrated part of the patient care team. In light of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine projection that 50 percent of the US population will be obese by 2030, pharmacists have another “in” to provide women of reproductive years with counsel on weight control. 
  • At least someone is getting rich. Tonight, after a week of working hard to maximize wafer-thin margins on drugs, read this piece on the wasteful packaging of cancer dosages to see how other players are gaming the system.
  • Do you have a few employees who could use this advice? Or are you (gulp) the one who shows up late to everything? Here are a couple of ideas for breaking the cycle and reclaiming control of your day.

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Pamela Youngberg Dickson

Before she came to Smart-Fill, Pamela developed marketing strategy and content for a range of technology start-ups and large-cap enterprises. Outside the office, she's into gardening, renaissance history, the Big Ten, and exploring the great outdoors.