E-prescribing controlled substances now legal nationwide

Vermont became the last state in the nation to legalize electronic prescriptions for controlled substances — a measure that many states have adopted as a way to combat the abuse of controlled substances and prevent individuals from resorting to fraudulent paper prescriptions.  Read more ...

Cyberattacks on health systems on the rise

As many as 8-in-10 healthcare executives say that their organizations have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet or other cyber-attack during the past two years, and only half feel that they are adequately prepared in preventing attacks, according to the 2015 KPMG Healthcare Cybersecurity Survey. Read More ...

DSN, higi crown winner of first-ever Fit Pharmacist Challenge

Nearly 600 pharmacists signed up in June to enter the inaugural round of the Fit Pharmacist Challenge series, and Drug Store News and higi are proud to announce that Publix pharmacy manager Marlena Kelly, of Daphne, Ala., was the winner of the first edition of the contest.  Read More ...

Research: Long-term use of low-dose aspirin may reduce colon cancer risk

Long-term, continuous use of low-dose aspirin and nonaspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can decrease the risk of colorectal cancer, according to research recently published in Annals of Internal Medicine and released by the American College of Physicians. Read More ...

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Alzheimer’s disease affects 44 million people in the United States and is the only top 10 cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed.
When a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is made, a number of questions immediately arise that can lead the patient, friends and family members to seek answers.
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Many employers are expecting their health care benefit costs to rise about 6% in 2016, with many making changes that bring the cost increase down to 5%, according to a new survey by the National Business Group on Health.
The Food and Drug Administration late last week released its draft guidance on the naming of biological drugs.
Care Pharmacies announced Monday that its board of directors had extended CEO Michael Wysong’s employment contract for an undisclosed period of time.
Sanofi announced Monday that it would be partnering with Google’s life sciences team to explore how they can improve diabetes care and develop new tools to improve outcomes.
One currently available telehealth app is MDLive, which connects patients to physcians and therapists for $49 per visit.
As many as eight-in-10 health care executives say that their organizations have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet or other cyber-attack during the past two years, and only half feel that they are adequately prepared in preventing attacks.

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