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Rural Pharmacy and Prescription Drugs News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Injured Workers in Rural Areas More Likely to Receive Opioid Rx
Feb 21, 2019 - Details a new study which looked at how a worker's age, injury, industry, and location impacted how likely they were to be given prescriptions for opioids. It found that while opioid prescriptions are declining, injured workers in rural areas were more likely to be prescribed opioids than their urban counterparts. Injured workers in industries like mining and construction were also more likely to receive opioid prescriptions.
Source: The Daily Yonder
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HHS: Retail Pharmacy Interest in Utilization of Innovative Educational Technology To Increase Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Rates in Rural Areas Federal Register
Feb 15, 2019 - The National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) of Health and Human Services (HHS) requests information from retail pharmacies with more than 100 stores in rural areas regarding their interest in educational models for increasing HPV vaccination. NVPO is also requesting information on experience in developing or implementing innovative educational models and recommendations or lessons learned. Responses are due February 25, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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Many Rural Americans Have No Access to Buprenorphine
Feb 11, 2019 - Discusses rural residents' lack of access to buprenorphine compared to their urban counterparts. This is part of a larger problem of limited access to opioid treatment programs, especially in rural areas. But, there have been efforts to improve access by expanding the number of providers who can prescribe buprenorphine and the use of telemedicine.
Source: Filter Magazine
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Trump Administration Proposes to Lower Drug Costs by Targeting Backdoor Rebates and Encouraging Direct Discounts to Patients
Jan 31, 2019 - Press release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on a proposed rule to lower prescription drug prices and out-of-pocket costs. This reduction would be achieved by encouraging manufacturers to pass discounts directly on to patients and bringing new transparency to prescription drug markets.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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340B Hospitals Are Key Part of National Response to Opioid Epidemic
Jan 23, 2019 - Press release announcing a new report, 340B Hospitals on the Front Lines of Addressing the U.S. Opioid Epidemic, which profiles six hospitals that participate in the 340B drug pricing program and the work they've done to combat the opioid crisis. Features hospitals from around the country and of varying sizes, including two Critical Access Hospitals in rural Minnesota.
Source: 340B Health
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Opioid Prescriptions Almost Twice as Likely for Rural vs. Urban Americans
Jan 17, 2019 - Discusses a study which found that, despite opioid prescriptions declining in general, there is a disparity in this reduction between urban and rural areas. Patients in rural counties had an 87% higher chance of receiving a opioid prescription than patients in large, central metropolitan counties.
Source: U.S. News and World Report
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Federal Judge Halts 340B Drug Payment Cuts
Dec 28, 2018 - Provides an overview of the recent ruling against cuts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the 340B drug pricing program. Includes rationale for the ruling and input from both sides of the issue, including some discussion of potential consequences to other federal health programs.
Source: HealthLeaders
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Last Updated: 2/21/2019