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Pharmacy Versus ‘Farmacy’ – Know the difference

Do you know the difference between a pharmacy, spelled with a “ph,” and a farmacy, spelled with an ‘f’? A pharmacy is a licensed facility that sells medicinal drugs and employs pharmacists who are licensed and specially trained as medication experts. They’re able to answer any of your medication questions in an honest, well thought-out

The role of dental industry in the opioid crisis

By Britt Bostick, DDS The misuse of opioids — including prescription pain relievers, heroin and fentanyl — has become alarmingly common in recent years. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), opioid-related deaths surged between 2000-2017, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that more than 130 people die each day as a

Kentuckians Deserve the Right Solution for Surprise Billing

By Brent Wright, MD Congress appears to be close to passing a solution for an issue that has for too long impacted patients and providers in Kentucky and throughout the country: surprise medical billing. As lawmakers deliberate the optimal approach to separate patients from out-of-network billing disputes between healthcare providers and insurance companies, they must

Kentuckians need relief from Rx greed

By Charlotte Whittaker For decades, Big Pharma has raised drug prices with impunity. In Kentucky, the average annual cost of brand name prescription drug treatment increased 58 percent between 2012 and 2017, while the annual income for Kentuckians increased only by 3.6 percent. Prescription drugs don’t work if patients can’t afford them. The Senate needs

Time to take a bold stand against e-cigarette use by kids

By Janie Heath, PhD On June 17, CVS Health committed to overturning youth e-cigarette use at a whole new level: The retail and healthcare giant will dedicate $10 million for strategies to prevent e-cigarette use and to educate our children about the danger. This announcement follows a report released by the U.S. Food and Drug

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