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Pharmacy kiosks for prescriptions could be coming to Florida

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Pharmacy kiosks for prescriptions could be coming to Florida

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Pharmacy kiosks for prescriptions could be coming to Florida

The convenience of getting prescriptions filled at a kiosk could soon be a reality, under a bill moving through the state House. But not everyone agrees it’s a good idea. An automated pharmacy system is a mechanical system that dispenses prescription drugs. The systems have video conferencing or video teleconferencing technology that allow patients to speak with a pharmacist about prescriptions. More from WWSB, STAT News, and Health News Florida.

How much is a Miami doctor’s endorsement worth? A lot, if you’re a pharma company

Pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers are flooding South Florida doctors with millions of dollars in payments for consulting and promotional talks to drive higher prescription rates. The payments have been commonplace in the industry for more than a decade, and have continued at a steady pace despite increased scrutiny from prosecutors and academics. [Source: Miami Herald]

Despite challenges to ACA, Florida enrollment rises

The annual enrollment period for health plans under the Affordable Care Act is underway and Florida is expected to lead the nation in signups. Despite legal challenges to the law, it remains popular. Read more at NPR and listen to the audio below.

Data breach put thousands of Florida Blue members’ personal information at risk

A data breach at Magellan Health, Inc. has put the personal information of Florida Blue members at risk, the company announced Friday. Florida Blue says “less than 1 percent” of its approximately 5 million members were affected. The breach, which reportedly occurred on May 28, was traced back to an employee who handles the healthcare provider’s member data. [Source: Miami Herald]

Florida's hepatitis A outbreak prompts vaccine push

Since January 2018, Florida has recorded 3,395 cases of hepatitis A. Free hepatitis A vaccines are part of an aggressive effort to beat back an outbreak that recently prompted Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees to declare a statewide emergency. [Source: ]

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