Implementation of a quality initiative has been linked improvement in the time to treatment and a lower risk of in-hospital death, intracranial hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain), and an increase in the portion of patients discharged to their home, according to a study in the April 23/30 issue of JAMA.
Managed care organizations (MCOs) experienced a 1.7% drug overall trend, a 10.5% reduction from 2012 to 2013, according to Catamaran’s 2013 Drug Trend data. In 2012, MCO trend was 1.9%.
FDA approved albiglutide (Tanzeum, GlaxoSmithKline), a once-weekly subcutaneous injectable for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes. It helps to improve glycemic control, along with diet and exercise.
Despite strong FDA warnings against its use in adolescents, a new study suggests that codeine is prescribed for children during at least 500,000 emergency room (ER) visits each year.
FDA approved Short Ragweed Pollen Allergen Extract (Ragwitek, Merck) the first sublingual allergen extract to treat short ragweed pollen induced allergic rhinitis (hay fever), with or without conjunctivitis (eye inflammation), in adults aged 18 years through 65 years.