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Controversial J&J drug pushed by Trump is nixed from VA's pharmacy list –

Controversial J&J drug pushed by Trump is nixed from VA's pharmacy list – | Veterans Affairs and Veterans News from HadIt.com | Scoop.it

The VA had been racing to get Spravato ready for patients after President Trump, according to VA sources, urged the agency to buy the Johnson & Johnson drug for treatment-resistant depression. But psychiatrists and medical researchers, including some at the VA, have raised questions about the drug’s effectiveness and safety.

The controversy over Spravato was the subject of a Center for Public Integrity story earlier this week.

The VA’s Medical Advisory Panel, known informally as the “formulary committee,” agreed during a three-day meeting in Chicago not to put the drug on its list of VA-approved medications. According to VA rules, doctors may still order it as a “non-formulary” drug, but they have to explain the reasons the patient needs this specific drug, as opposed to others.  In such cases, VA doctors who administer it must do so under strict guidelines, including monitoring patients in a specially-equipped clinic for two hours after infusion.

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