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October 10, 2019

Around the nation: California to make HIV prevention drugs available without prescription

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    Under the new law, pharmacists can dispense preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to patients directly, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Colorado, and New York.

    • California: Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Monday signed a bill into law that will allow patients to access HIV-prevention drugs without having to visit a doctor to get a prescription. Under the new law, pharmacists can dispense pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to patients directly. The law also prevents insurers from requiring prior authorization before patients can use their insurance benefits for the medications. "Recent breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of HIV can save lives," Newsom said in a statement. "All Californians deserve access to PrEP and PEP, two treatments that have transformed our fight against HIV and AIDS." The law will take effect Jan. 1, 2020 (Wamsley, NPR, 10/8; Sutton/Maxouris, CNN, 10/8).

    • Colorado: The University of Northern Colorado has received $1 million from HHS to collaborate with digital health company Cliexa to evaluate a digital health tool that would identify adolescents who are at high risk of adverse health outcomes. The university will use the funding to support a two-year, 700-person clinical trial of the technology. Researchers will assess the benefits of identifying adolescents who are at higher risk of adverse health outcomes (Garrity, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/8).

    • New York: A 17-year-old patient who died last week is the youngest person in the United States to die of a vaping-related lung illness, according to state officials. The teenager died on Friday after being hospitalized twice in September with the illness. The death brought the number of total deaths in the United States related to the vaping illness to 23, according to CDC (Shanahan/ Paybarah, New York Times, 10/8).

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