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More opioids for U.S. surgery patients than for those in other countries
According to a recent study by the International Patterns of Opioid Prescribing Workgroup, patients in the United States are prescribed disproportionally higher amounts of opioids after surgery compared with patients in other countries. The study authors, led by Haytham M.A. Kaafarani, MD, and colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital, wanted to assess the relationship between perceived pain severity and the amount of opioids prescribed to surgery patients at discharge.
Prednisone could help prevent episodic cluster headache
Managing and preventing cluster headaches is a common issue for many patients. A study published in the January 2021 issue of the Lancet Neurology showed that oral prednisone is an effective short-term preventive therapy for patients with episodic cluster headache before preventive medication, such as verapamil, becomes effective.
States told to vaccinate everyone 65 and over as deaths surge
In an effort to accelerate the nation's COVID-19 immunization rollout as infections and deaths rise, the Trump administration wants to start vaccinating all Americans aged 65 years and older right away. Officials also want to immediately target tens of millions of high-risk adults with underlying medical comorbidities.
January 5, 2021
How will we get America immunized? Here are a few hundred…
Operation Warp Speed leaders predicted that 20 million people, primarily frontline health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities, would receive the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine…0 comments
January 14, 2021
APhA: President-Elect Biden’s COVID plan is a strong start to rescue the country from the pandemic
Statement of Scott J. Knoer, executive vice president and CEO of the American Pharmacists Association.
December 18, 2020
APhA Statement Following Emergency Use Authorization of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
Statement from Scott J. Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP, executive vice president and CEO of the American Pharmacists Association, upon the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to authorize emergency use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.
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