Watch out CVS and Walgreens: Amazon Pharmacy is here

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Here’s what you need to know about Amazon’s move to become the prescription drugs king. Amazon has officially launched Amazon Pharmacy , and with it, its hopes of dethroning CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart as the place where most Americans get their prescription drugs. As CNBC reports , Amazon Pharmacy grew out of Amazon’s acquisition of online pharmacy PillPack in 2018. Read Full Story

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California could start its own line of generic drugs to bring down prescription prices

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Cal Rx would make drugs such as insulin and sell them to residents for cheaper than big pharma. Even with insurance, prescription drug prices in the U.S. are expensive. One vial of insulin can cost as much as $450, while the same amount goes for about $30 in Canada. Now, California could make its own generic insulin—and other prescription drugs—through a new law passed this week that aims to increase access to affordable medications. Read Full Story

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Pfizer unveils its first major logo redesign in 70 years

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A new brand identity aims to embody the pharma giant’s shift from pills like Advil and Viagra to the science of vaccines. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has unveiled its most significant brand refresh in about 70 years. It includes a new logo, dropping the blue pill shape for a double helix-inspired mark, which conjures the science that gave rise to the company’s COVID-19 vaccine. It’s the final step in a shift the company began in 2019, moving from a diverse collection of consumer brands to a more science-driven agenda creating prescription drugs and vaccines. Read Full Story

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Drug prices are rising three times faster than inflation

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Drugmakers like to point to discounts and coupons that drive the actual price down. But there are people who don’t have access to those lower prices, and for them the increases can be deadly. Prescription drug prices in the U.S. are the highest in the world. But drugmakers have defended these prices by pointing to manufacturer discounts, saying that rebates and coupons bring down a drug’s list price to something more affordable. But even after those discounts, prescription drug prices have soared in the past decade—rising more than three times faster than inflation. Read Full Story

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Can we pay people to get them to take the coronavirus vaccine? Here’s why it might not work

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There’s a growing moment to tie a government stimulus to vaccine rollout. These health law professors argue it’s not feasible and might exacerbate vaccine mistrust. The first COVID-19 vaccine to gain emergency use authorization in the U.S. could roll out within days, as Pfizer and BioNTech’s candidate was endorsed by an external advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration on December 10. Two days earlier, an internal FDA panel endorsed the vaccine. These were the last required steps before the FDA authorizes the vaccine, which will soon be administered to healthcare workers across the country. Read Full Story

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Yikes, your mail-order prescriptions have been sitting in shockingly hot and cold temperatures

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Many medications are purposely formulated to be stored at a comfortable room temperature. Have you ever been inside a post office? Those 90-day mail order prescriptions might not be such a great deal after all: A new study by an intrepid Utah pharmacy student just suggested that your mail order prescriptions are definitely spending time in too-hot or too-cold temperatures en route to your door. So much time. Read Full Story

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These 7 shopping sites are great Amazon alternatives for essentials

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When you’re hunkered down and Amazon is out of stock, you can still stock up on the basics, tackle your to-do list, and even have some fun. Long shipping times got you down? Everything seems to be out of stock ? Just don’t want to be utterly dependent on one monolithic company for all your shopping needs? Here are online retailers—some old, some new—that you can use to get what you need while we all ride the current crisis out together. Read Full Story

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