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Pharmacy technicians gear up to immunize
As pharmacists prepare for a surge in demand during this year’s flu season and the anticipated release of a COVID-19 vaccine, many state boards of pharmacy are engaged in discussions around allowing pharmacy technicians to participate in immunization administration, according to Ryan Burke, PharmD, director of professional affairs at the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
Justice Department presses to curtail Purdue Pharma bankruptcy probe
Lawyers with the Justice Department have petitioned a bankruptcy judge not to force Purdue Pharma to relinquish certain documents as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, even though those same disclosures informed the government's criminal investigation against the drugmaker.
Pharmacists’ contributions to hypertension control go beyond dispensing, Surgeon General says
Pharmacists got support from high places in a new resource aimed at creating comprehensive strategies to treat, control, and prevent hypertension (HTN). The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Control Hypertension, or simply Call to Action (CTA), emphasizes pharmacists’ value to HTN efforts, as well as obstacles to their participation. The report is an initiative of U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, and was released in October 2020. Access the report at http://apha.us/CTA_HTN.
More colleges require influenza vaccination of students and employees
A growing number of colleges, as they try to keep coronavirus outbreaks at bay, are making influenza vaccination a requisite for enrollment. According to CDC, influenza immunization is particularly important this year, as health care systems struggle under the weight of COVID-19.
Low-dose glucocorticoids may increase risk for serious infection in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on September 22 showed that low-dose glucocorticoids may be linked to an increased risk for hospitalized infection in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) receiving stable disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) therapy.
October 9, 2020
Rutledge v PCMA arguments: Thumbs up or thumbs down?
For today’s blog, I invited Ilisa Bernstein, APhA’s senior vice president for pharmacy practice and government affairs, to share her thoughts on this week’s big Supreme Court case from her…0 comments
October 21, 2020
APhA-ASP to Launch Operation Substance Use Disorders Project with Support from Walmart
As the country observes American Pharmacists Month, National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month, and National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, the American Pharmacists Association–Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) announced it will augment its robust series of patient care projects with a new program aimed at increasing awareness of public health and wellness issues where pharmacists play a key role in improving patient health.
October 20, 2020
Leading Health Organizations Unite to Implement National COVID-19 Vaccination Plan
A collaboration of healthcare and public health organizations have united to form the National Associations’ COVID Vaccine Leadership Council to support implementation of the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. The council is co-chaired by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).
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