Who Pays When Insurers Control the RX Middle-Man?

by Ryan Banfill, FJA Communications Director An exposé by Bay News 9 in the Tampa Bay area shines a bright light on the role of pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs). According to the National Community Pharmacists Association, PBMs develop and maintain formularies and other clinical management programs; process prescription drug claims for insurance companies or corporations;…

Florida Scoots Along

By Alyssa Davenport, FJA’s Communications Coordinator Someone has been leaving e-scooters all over Florida’s cities. The recent emergence of a new technology may be revolutionizing short-distance transportation. Instead of walking, biking, ride-hailing, or driving to your destinations, you can now scoot. E-scooters have been most commonly spotted and utilized in larger metropolitan areas, including but…

America Hoodwinked?

By Ryan Banfill, FJA Communications Director  Does Russian strongman Vladimir Putin have copies of Americans’ most-prized personal photos? With an innocent click of a button, millions of Americans gave a Russian company permission to access their photos and use them, perpetually. That’s forever. Why would a nuclear power want to have your Valentine’s Day selfies…

“If you over-supply, people will die.” What We’ve Learned from the Oklahoma Opioid Trial

by Ryan Banfill, FJA Communications Director Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter accused Johnson & Johnson of helping to create the “worst man-made public health crisis in the history of our state and country.” That’s what he said to a packed Norman, Oklahoma courtroom during opening arguments in the state’s action against Johnson & Johnson and Jansen Pharmaceuticals. The trial began on…

Study: America Is On Drugs

by Alyssa Davenport, FJA Communications Coordinator If it seems like everyone around you is on drugs, it’s probably because they are. A recent study done by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that nearly half of all Americans have taken a prescription drug in the last 30 days. The study also found that the…

Your Driver Has a Shorter Attention Span than a Goldfish. Do You Hand Them the Keys?

by Alyssa Davenport, FJA Communications Coordinator There’s a problem on Florida’s roads. In 2018, according to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (HSMV), there were 1,671 citations given by law enforcement for distracted driving. In 2015, 3,242 people died in 885,000 distraction-related crashes. Among those crashes, 69,000 were tied to cell phone use,…

The Emergence of E-Cigarettes as a Popular Product Among Youth is Ringing Alarms Among Public Health Leaders, Researchers, and Parents

by Alyssa Davenport, FJA Communications Coordinator There’s an alarming resurgence of nicotine addiction among youth. E-cigarettes (namely Juul Lab’s product ‘Juuls’) are becoming a concern for parents, educators, and lawmakers due to their addictive nature and sly marketing techniques. Juuls are slim, pocket-sized devices that resemble USB flash drives but deliver a powerful punch of…