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Colorado Wants to Let Pharmacists Write Prescriptions for HIV Prevention Drugs

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Publish DateFebruary 13, 2020

Colorado could use the 2016 law to enact protocol for HIV medication at pharmacies, but backers of the bill are seeking new legislation because, this time, they want pharmacists to get reimbursed by insurance companies for their time. One Colorado, the LGBTQ advocacy organization that initiated the HIV medication proposal, agreed to add the insurance reimbursement requirement to the bill after consulting with the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and the Colorado Pharmacists Society.

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Speciality Drugs Are Saving Lives in Colorado and Beyond. But Who Should Pay for Them?

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Publish DateFebruary 06, 2020

Speciality drug development has expanded the disconnect between manufacturers and payers. Colorado is adding more rare diseases but some advocates question what good that does if treatment is unaffordable. “For personalized medicine to truly be successful in the United States, we need to have payers on board,” said Dr. Kathleen Barnes, director of the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. 

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Colorado Abortion Rates Keep Declining. Free IUDs and Easier Access to the Pill are the Reason.

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Publish DateOctober 21, 2019

Abortion rates have dropped again in Colorado, and health authorities are crediting increased access to birth control statewide. Another contributing factor: the so-called morning-after pill has been available over the counter at Colorado pharmacies since 2013. “The goal has always been access,” said Gina Moore, assistant dean for clinical and professional affairs at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy. “We are just really pleased.”

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Colorado emergency rooms are trying something new to stem the opioid crisis: addiction treatment

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Publish DateAugust 28, 2019

Years ago, when someone struggling with opioid dependency would show up in a Colorado emergency room after an overdose or as they were suffering through withdrawal, doctors and nurses would patch them up and send them on their way. “They came in and we made them feel a little bit better,” said Dr. Jason Hoppe, an associate professor in the emergency medicine department at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “There wasn’t much we could do.”

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Colorado learned the danger of glamorizing shooters. Does lionizing student heroes also carry risks?

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Publish DateMay 30, 2019

“We were encouraging copycats. Now aren’t we encouraging heroic behavior?” said Dr. Steven Berkowitz, a psychologist at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Castillo and Howell at UNC Charlotte were young adults, but Berkowitz is concerned about the message received by young kids growing up in the lockdown generation. “These individuals were heroic, and there is nothing to take away from that,” he said. “That is not the question at hand. The question at hand is the unintentional message we are giving to kids that if they don’t rush a shooter and put their lives on the line, they are not doing what they are supposed to do. They won’t get the attention. They won’t get acknowledged. They won’t get the accolades.”

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Opinion: Colorado lawmakers are gambling with measles

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Publish DateMay 26, 2019

(OPINION by Dr. Edwin Asturias) Colorado’s rapidly falling vaccination rates are leaving risky clusters of unvaccinated people who will likely be the catalyst for the next epidemic. As a pediatrician and professor at the CU School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health, I along many colleagues, spent hours testifying in favor of this important step to protect our public health. Rep. Kyle Mullica, a brave freshman legislator and an emergency nurse, along with Sens. Julie Gonzales and Kevin Priola, worked tirelessly to ensure the bill had consensus and respected reasonable requests by parents and legislators concerned with vaccine safety. I have seen up close how children with measles suffer numerous complications including pneumonia and death.

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With Denver’s vote on magic mushrooms, will Colorado anchor a psychedelic medicine revolution?

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Publish DateMay 20, 2019

David Kroll, a professor at the University of Colorado’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy, has spent 35 years studying drugs from nature — like psilocybin mushrooms and other naturally occurring chemicals — that he says have given rise to 25% of all prescription drugs and 65% of all the country’s over-the-counter medications. Kroll said the growing population of patients who are not responding to traditional treatments for depression, anxiety, PTSD and substance abuse has opened the door to further investigation of any chemicals that may deliver relief.

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Colorado is set to ban vaping where smoking is already prohibited, following more than a dozen other states

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Publish DateFebruary 27, 2019

Ashley Brooks-Russell, an assistant professor at the Colorado School of Public Health studying adolescent substance use, called the policy an “essential update” to the state’s ban on indoor smoking, which was passed more than a decade ago. “If we allow e-cigarettes to be used in public places, it falsely communicates that products are different from cigarettes or other tobacco products,” said Brooks-Russell, who also directs the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey. “It reinforces the mistaken idea that these products are safe and acceptable for our youth to use.”

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