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August 26, 2015
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May 29, 2015
Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to California Drug Disposal Law
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider the pharmaceutical industry's challenge to an Alameda
County, CA, law that requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to cover the cost of disposing of
consumers' unused medications.
May 29, 2015
Healthcare Providers: Are You Ready to SHARE?
The SHARE Approach workshop is a 1-day, accredited train-the-trainer program developed by the
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  The workshop focuses on how to use
patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) resources and materials in a process of shared decision
making to help patients make the best possible health care decisions. The workshop is based on a
five-step approach to shared decision making, called the SHARE Approach.

The SHARE Approach

Essenial Steps of Shared Decision Making

Step 1: Seek your patient's participation.
Step 2: Help your patient explore and compare treatment options.
Step 3: Assess your patient's values and preferences.
Step 4: Reach a decision with your patient.
Step 5: Evaluate your patient's decision.

The SHARE Approach: Essential Steps of Shared Decision Making outlines five steps health care
professionals can take to ensure they are effectively implementing shared decision making with
patients during clinical encounters. The steps were designed to incorporate the essential elements
that have been defined for shared decision making. 
May 22, 2015
JUNE is Menís Health Month
The purpose of Menís Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and
encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care
providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and
boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has
been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe. Click here for the 2015 Men's Health Month toolkit.

Some highlights:  
1. The Men's Health Month Thunderclap - To
kick off the month we will have a Thunderclap blast go out in support of making a healthy lifestyle
change this June. Be sure to sign up before the release date, June 1st! Company social media pages
AND individual/personal social media pages are all encouraged to participate.
2. Menís Health Month Twitter Chat #1 - Tuesday, June 2nd from 1:00 PM Ė 2:00 PM EDT
Hashtag: #MensHealthMonth - TOPIC: Menís
Cardiovascular Health
3.  #ShowUsYourBlue Social Media Storm -
During Menís Health Month we are encouraging individuals, families, businesses, and organizations
to wear blue as a sign of solidarity in support of menís health.  Use the #ShowUsYourBlue hashtag to send in pictures all
month during June and specifically on Friday, June 19th during the Social Media Storm.
4. Menís Health Month Twitter Chat #2 - Tuesday, June 23rd from 1:00 PM Ė 2:00 PM pm EDT  Hashtag:
#ShowUsYourBlue - TOPIC: Menís Mental Health
May 21, 2015
Talk Before You Take When Dealing With Medicine

Experts say communication is key when dealing with prescription medicine.
Research has shown that a gap in communication between health care providers (HCPs) and patients
about the potential risks of prescription medicines can result in adverse drug events. Increasing
communication about prescriptions can help ensure that patients avoid such events, improve
adherence to their medicine regimen(s) and live healthier lives. The National Council on Patient
Information and Education (NCPIE) launched a campaign earlier this year called "Talk Before You Take" 
aiming to spark this necessary patient/HCP engagement and encourage more conversations between
patients and HCPs.
May 20, 2015
Outpatient Medication Expenses
Prescription drug expenses for adults totaled $267 billion nationwide in 2012. Of the leading
classes of outpatient prescription drugs based on total expenses that year, metabolic drugs (used
for conditions such as high cholesterol, diabetes and weight control) were purchased by nearly one
in four adults age 18 and older at an average of $104 per prescription. Meanwhile, cardiovascular
drugs (used for conditions such as heart disease, blood clots and other circulatory disorders) were
purchased by seven in 10 Medicare patients age 65 and older at an average of $28 per prescription. 

Additional data Ė  Statistical Brief #469,
Expenditures for the Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, Medicare
Beneficiaries, Age 65 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2012)