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CDC reminds providers they don’t need to screen adults for measles immunity
In light of the ongoing measles outbreak in the United States, CDC issued clarifications for health care practitioners who provide adult immunizations. In a letter issued May 17, the agency clarified that recommendations for vaccination and assessing immunity in adults have not changed since the publication of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ 2013 recommendations for the Prevention of Measles, Rubella, Congenital Rubella syndrome, and Mumps.
Congressional report: Pharmaceutical industry influenced WHO's opioid guidelines
A new congressional report from the offices of Reps. Katherine Clark (D-MA) and Hal Rogers (R-KY) concludes that guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) on treating pain were directly influenced by the pharmaceutical industry, including a set of directions for prescribing opioid analgesics that appear to have been taken from Purdue...
Oklahoma governor signs revised pharmacy choice bill
Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma on Tuesday signed a revised pharmacy choice bill into law, 3 weeks after vetoing an earlier version. House Bill 2632 prohibits restrictions on a patient's right to choose a pharmacy provider without paying a penalty and calls for an advisory committee to review complaints and administer fines.
Measles outbreak now at 880 cases, with fastest growth still in New York
CDC recorded 41 new cases of measles in the past week, bringing the total for this year's outbreak to 880. Thirty of the new cases were in New York state, especially in New York City and suburban Rockland County. Cases of measles have now been reported in 24 states.
May 14, 2019
Chapter 1: Beginning the journey
Note from Tom: In honor of his emphasis on the power of stories to advance pharmacists’ professional status, APhA President Brad Tice will contribute a monthly guest blog on the topic. Enjoy the…0 comments
April 30, 2019
Walgreens Forms Unique Collaboration with the National Council for Behavioral Health and American Pharmacists Association to Offer Mental Health First Aid Training for Pharmacists and Team Members
As the most accessible health care providers in the community, and also among the most trusted, pharmacists can play an important role as part of patients’ care teams to help address the growing need for mental health resources. As today marks the beginning of Mental Health Month in the U.S., Walgreens announces a unique collaboration with the National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), to provide Mental Health First Aid training for many Walgreens pharmacists and team members.
April 29, 2019
APhA Partners with Seattle Nonprofit to Address Homelessness
During its 2019 Annual Meeting & Exposition (APhA2019) in Seattle last month, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) raised over $9,000 for Mary’s Place, an organization that helps homeless women, children, and families come inside from the streets and into permanent housing. Proceeds for Mary’s Place were raised from attendee and exhibitor donations as well as from the sale of t-shirts.
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