Volume III, Issue 16

April 18, 2016
PillPack vs. Express Scripts 
Sara Ashley O'Brien, in a 4.14.16 CNNMoney post, reports:
PillPack is a pharmacy for ongoing and chronic medications -- and makes them much simpler to manage. The startup sends a 14-day supply of medications, divided into daily packets -- at no extra cost, just the same copay...
... Express Scripts (ESRX), one of the largest prescription drug managers, is removing PillPack from its network. PillPack estimates this will impact a third of its customers.
Express Scripts, which counts 85 million people as patients, had been working with PillPack since the startup launched in 2014.
According to the author:

When business turns ugly, people suffer.
PPIs Linked to Kidney Failure 
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) -- might dramatically increase a person's risk for kidney failure and kidney disease, new research suggests. The study was released Thursday < 4.14.16> in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.


Add PPIs to a long list of "totally safe" pharmaceutical products that later have proven to be dangerous. PPIs are one of the most prescribed drugs in the U.S. today. OTC versions are prevalent as well.  
NBHD Chairman resigns  
Brian Bandell reports for the SFBJ on 4.14.16:
David Di Pietro resigned as chairman of the public board that governs Broward Health...
... North Broward Hospital District Chairman Di Pietro resigned on Thursday < 4.14.16>, only three days after winning a lawsuit that overturned Governor Rick Scott's move to suspend him from that position. In a letter to the governor, Di Pietro said he resigned because there was too much "political interference" with the board and that his efforts to lead were "futile".
This was another bad week for Broward Health. When it rains, it pours. Broward Health has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons for months.
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