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CDC director adopts preference for specific influenza vaccines for older adults

CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, adopted the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation to preferentially recommend the use of specific influenza vaccines for adults aged 65 years and older, including higher-dose and adjuvanted influenza vaccines.

FDA introduces proposal to advance consumer access to nonprescription drugs

On Monday, FDA issued a proposed rule aimed at expanding the range of marketed nonprescription drugs available to consumers. The Nonprescription Drug Product with an Additional Condition for Nonprescription Use rule seeks to empower consumers to self-treat certain common conditions and improve public health.

House passes mental health and SUD package with pharmacists’ input

The U.S. House of Representative has passed a broad bipartisan mental health and substance use disorder package known as the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act of 2022 (H.R. 7666).

USPSTF releases statement on vitamin, mineral, and multivitamin supplementation to prevent CVD and cancer

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has been gathering evidence since 2014 to inform a guideline update regarding the use of vitamin supplementation to curb the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer among nonpregnant American adults.

CDC finds antiviral drugs for COVID-19 are inequitably prescribed

A new CDC study found that in recent months, consumers living in the most economically and socially disadvantaged communities were only one-half as likely as those in affluent areas to receive a prescription for oral antiviral medications against COVID-19.

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