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1. Hospital star ratings don't reflect the breadth of services offered
Many five-star hospitals offer fewer services than those without five stars, according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers published in JAMA Internal Medicine. ePharm Brief
2. KPMG, Merck, IBM, and Walmart added to FDA blockchain program
The FDA is including KPMG, Merck, IBM, and Walmart in a program supporting the U.S. Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) that addresses requirements to identify, track, and trace prescription medicines and vaccines distributed within the United States. ePharm Brief
3. Companies team for Alexa-enabled smart hospital room
EIR Healthcare and Crestron have teamed to integrate Alexa into the world's first prefabricated, modularly built smart hospital room, the MedModular room, creating an improved experience for patients and professionals. ePharm Brief
4. PhRMA criticizes AARP in new ad campaign
PhRMA is striking out at AARP's opposition to a proposed rule to reform the rebate system in Medicare Part D through ads in print, digital, and social channels in Washington, D.C. and select states. ePharm Brief
5. Gout is diagnosed late and poorly controlled
Gout is being diagnosed late, is not well controlled, and is not regularly monitored, suggests a 14-country pan-European survey presented at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology. ePharm Brief
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