Medicaid switchover to CareSource this weekend

On July 1 — that’s Saturday — more than 200,000 Georgians on Medicaid are switching to CareSource as their Medicaid provider.

Governor names Board of Pharmacy appointees

Congratulations to Mike Faulk  and Bill Prather, both of whom were reappointed today to the Board of Pharmacy by Governor Deal. They do terrific work for the board and for the profession (and that’s one reason GPhA members at our annual membership meeting voted unanimously to support their reappointment). We’re looking forward to working with them both.

Here comes Immunize Georgia

Check it out: The 2017 Immunize Georgia Conference is offering 6.25 pharmacy credit hours in a single day. It’s in Columbus, Ga., on September 15.

You can get more info at immunizegeorgia.com, but take note: They aren’t accepting on-site registrations this year. You’ve got to register in advance.

What’s on the agenda, you ask. Click here to check out a draft of the program (one-page PDF).

FDA looks to speed approval of generics

A simple solution: the Drug Competition Action Plan, which will speed the approval process for generics where the patent has expired on the branded drug, but there is yet no competition. “The FDA will expedite the review of generic drug applications until there are three approved generics for a given drug product.”

It’s part of FDA commish Scott Gottlieb’s plan to use the agency’s power to help lower drug prices, even if it can’t directly affect them.

J&J wanted us to clarify this….

A few days ago we told you about “free diabetes CPE from Johnson & Johnson.” The company wants to be clear — it’s actually the American Association of Diabetes Educators that developed the course and is offering the program. The Johnson & Johnson Institute simply provided an educational grant so you don’t have to pay for it.

Click here for more info, and grab some no-cost CPE.

Awaiting the flying pigs

The Senate’s health committee is suspending its investigation into the high cost of prescription drugs until there is “more of a bipartisan attitude.”

ACA replacement news

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the GOP’s Senate bill to replace the Affordable Care Act would cut Medicaid by 35 percent over the next 20 years. This contradicts Trump’s promise not to cut the program, and it adds complication to the Republican’s efforts to craft a compromise between the party’s conservative and moderate factions.

The Valdosta Daily Times reports “Health bill cuts could hit South Georgia hard.” Specifically,

The AHCA would cut $4 billion in Medicaid funding to Georgia during 10 years, according to a policy paper by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, an Atlanta-based nonprofit group. Georgia’s southeast region, including Lowndes County, would lose $125 million, the paper claims.

“South Georgia would be hit hard because of a higher reliance on Medicaid,” said Laura Harker, a GBPI policy analyst.