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New guideline for COPD provides updates on medication management
The American Thoracic Society (ATS) released a clinical practice guideline on the pharmacologic management of COPD. This guidance, in conjunction with the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) guidelines, is useful in helping pharmacists manage patients with COPD.
Daily number of new coronavirus cases in U.S. tops 50,000 for first time
New coronavirus cases in the United States rose above 50,000, a single-day record, as some states and businesses reversed course on reopenings and hospitals were hit by a surge of patients. In California, where hospitalizations are up more than 40% from 2 weeks ago, Gov.
Fauci worries U.S. COVID-19 cases could climb to 100,000 daily
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned Tuesday that the United States could soon have 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day "if this does not turn around." Such a surge would be more than twice as many as the record so far and three times as many as the original peak this spring.
APhA coronavirus watch: FDA releases COVID-19 convalescent plasma resources
A new toolkit from FDA helps clinicians, researchers, and patients understand convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19. “Convalescent plasma” refers to the use of antibodies in the blood of patients who have recovered from COVID-19 to help others fight off the disease. Versions of the toolkit are available in both English and Spanish.
APhA coronavirus watch: APhA responds to Senate white paper on public health preparedness
The nation’s patients would have benefited from full utilization of pharmacists in diagnostic testing, treatment, and immunization planning services at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, APhA said in a June 26 letter to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). Alexander chairs the powerful Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. APhA submitted the letter in response to Alexander’s white paper on preparedness for future public health emergencies.
June 23, 2020
Healing the pain of racial oppression can’t wait
Statements condemning systemic, institutionalized racism against Black Americans are important, but they are only a first step to creating a better world. Earlier this month, APhA, the National…0 comments
June 29, 2020
Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Collaborates with American Pharmacists Association To Develop Immunization Credential Program for Pharmacy Technicians
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), the nation’s leading certifying organization for pharmacy technicians, is pleased to announce a collaboration with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) to provide pharmacy technician credentialing in immunization delivery to those completing the APhA/Washington State University Pharmacy-Based Immunization Administration by Pharmacy Technicians program.
June 22, 2020
APhA Announces Task Force and Campaign to Address Structural Racism in Pharmacy
The APhA Board of Trustees has taken a critical next step in addressing structural racism in pharmacy by appointing a diverse group of APhA members to provide input and guidance to the APhA Board and staff. The task force will recommend actions driving short- and long-term strategies to eliminate racism, discrimination, injustice, and the marginalization of individuals within the profession and communities that APhA members serve.
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