Pharmacy News

CDC: MMR vaccinations fall for children

According to new CDC data, the rate of vaccinations against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) for kindergarteners has fallen below the optimum target rate of 95% for the second year in a row, declining to 93%.

Hospital pharmacists say drug shortages are affecting care

New survey findings from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) shows that roughly 99% of health-system pharmacists said they are experiencing drug shortages. Nearly one-third of the respondents said the current shortages are “critically impactful,” causing facilities to delay, ration, or cancel procedures or treatments.

Landmark trial finds obesity drug cuts CVD risk significantly

New findings from the SELECT trial indicate that semaglutide (Wegovy—Novo Nordisk) reduces the risk of major heart complications—heart attacks, strokes, and CV deaths—by 20%. The 5-year randomized trial of approximately 17,500 patients is the first to demonstrate that an obesity drug can have long-term CV benefits.

Few adults receive medication for opioid use disorder

A new study in JAMA Network Open found that as drug overdose deaths have reached unprecedented levels in the United States, evidence-based treatments for substance use are severely underused.

Disparities persist in Black adults’ stroke risk

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), significant disparities for stroke risk factors exist between Black adults and non-Black adults who have had a stroke.