Irbesartan & Irbesartan/Hctz Recall – IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED

Date: October 21, 2021 To: Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) Pharmacies and Providers & Practices From: HPSJ Pharmacy Department Subject: Irbesartan & Irbesartan/Hctz Recall - IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED Business: Medi-Cal Managed Care We are sending this alert because you may have one or more patients who filled a prescription for Irbesartan Tablets or Irbesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide [...]

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2021 Immunization Updates: COVID-19, Influenza, and Meningococcal Disease

Each year, the California Medi-Cal Drug Use Review (DUR) program issues an annual summary of updates on immunization guidelines, products, and/or research in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Immunization Branch. For reference, the recommended immunization schedules for 2021 in the United States can be accessed on the Centers for Disease Control […]

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Formulary Update – Effective November 30th, 2021

Date: September 22 To: Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) Physicians, Providers, and Pharmacies From: Health Plan of San Joaquin Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Subject: Formulary Update - Effective November 30th, 2021 Business: Medi-Cal Managed Care Effective 11/30/2021, the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee has approved the following changes. Additions to the Formulary Eluxadoline (Viberzi) 75 [...]

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Updated: Voluntary Recall of Varenicline (Chantix) Lots Containing Nitrosamine

UPDATED: Drug Safety Communication: Voluntary Recall of Varenicline (Chantix) Due to Nitrosamine Varenicline is a prescription medicine that is used to help adults quit smoking. On September 17, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a voluntary manufacturer recall of all lots of varenicline (Chantix) 0.5 mg and 1 mg tablets due to […]

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FDA Requests Removal of Pregnancy Contraindication for Statins

Statins are a class of prescription medications that act by inhibiting 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase, an enzyme in the liver that is responsible for making cholesterol. Statins are commonly used for preventing and treating the build-up of fats, cholesterol, and other substances in and on the artery walls (atherosclerosis) and have been shown to […]

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Chantix Products Recall – IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED

Date: July 28, 2021 To: Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) Pharmacies and Providers From: HPSJ Pharmacy Department Subject: Chantix Products Recall – IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED Business: Medi-Cal Managed Care We are sending this alert because one or more of your patient(s) may have filled a prescription for Chantix Tablets within the last six months [...]

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For Outpatient Patient Care – Current Medications for Outpatient Treatment of COVID-19

Date: July 12, 2021 To: Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) All Contracted and Non-Contracted Providers From: Health Plan of San Joaquin Subject: For Outpatient Patient Care – Current Medications for Outpatient Treatment of COVID-19 Business: Medi-Cal Managed Care Management of COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. There are only a few medications that have obtained Emergency [...]

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Formulary Update – Effective 07/19/2021

Date: May 13, 2021 To: Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) Physicians, Providers, and Pharmacies From: Health Plan of San Joaquin Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Subject: Formulary Update - Effective 07/19/2021 Business: Medi-Cal Effective 07/19/2021, the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee has approved the following changes. Additions to the Formulary Teprotumumab (Tepezza) 500mg vial: Reserved for [...]

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Formulary Update – FORA V30 Meters are replaced with FORA Premium V10 Meters

Date: April 19, 2021 To: Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) Physicians, Providers, and Pharmacies From: Health Plan of San Joaquin Subject: Formulary Update – FORA V30 Meters are replaced with FORA Premium V10 Meters Business: Medi-Cal The FORA V30a Blood Glucose Monitors are being discontinued by the manufacturer. Therefore, they will be replaced with [...]

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