Stigma of addiction is just one barrier to treating it

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The drumbeat of opioid overdose deaths goes on, none more tragic than the passing last July of a 9-month-old who accidentally swallowed a fentanyl-laced pill purchased by her 17-year-old mother and 43-year-old grandmother. When police investigated their suburban home, they found more than 100 empty capsules, including some in the baby’s diaper […]

Pharmacists take on medication adherence

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In March, retail pharmacy giant Walgreen Co. started hiring pharmacists specifically tasked with addressing medication non-adherence. The new role, described as a health outcomes pharmacist, entails having the pharmacists call customers with diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol who have been historically non-adherent to their drugs, find out why and get […]

Week Ahead: Federal government shutdown looming

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Dec. 17: President Donald Trump last year signed the Support for Patients and Community Act into law, which aimed to give HHS and states more tools to combat the opioid crisis. The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing titled, “Tackling the Opioid Crisis: A Whole-of-Government Approach.” Opioids killed more than […]

Healthcare’s naughty and nice list for 2019

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As 2019 winds down and the holiday season descends, Outliers has been checking its list, pondering who’s been naughty and who’s been nice during a hectic year for healthcare news. The Sackler family and the company it owns, OxyContin marketer Purdue Pharma, faced a wave of lawsuits over their role […]

Year in Review: Healthcare makes bigger strides to address social needs

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In 2019, few phrases were uttered more often by healthcare industry stakeholders than ‘“social determinants of health.” From affordable housing initiatives to funding economic revitalization of impoverished communities, the year saw industry leaders make some of their biggest investments yet toward addressing socioeconomic factors tied to improving patient outcomes. Interest […]

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