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What might this flu season have in store?

Influenza cases and deaths in the United States and worldwide dropped to unprecedented lows between October 3, 2020, and July 24, 2021, according to CDC data. In a typical season, 75 to 150 children die of influenza in the United States, noted pediatric infectious disease specialist Paul Offit, MD, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in a recent JAMA Network article. Last influenza season, he said, one child was reported to have died.

Patients on high doses of opioid analgesics risk overdose when tapering, study finds

A new study published in JAMA Network reveals that patients who take substantial amounts of opioid analgesics over the long term are at a greater risk of experiencing a mental health crisis or an overdose when they taper their dose.

 

Pfizer expands recall of 4 additional lots of varenicline tablets

Pfizer announced a voluntary recall of another 4 lots of varenicline (Chantix) 0.5 mg/1 mg tablets to the consumer level due to the presence of a nitrosamine, N-nitroso-varenicline, above the established acceptable daily intake level.

Highest-ranking pharmacist elected to state office in the country is going after PBMs

Native Delawarean Kathleen McGuiness, RPh, went from owner of a small independent pharmacy in the city of Rehoboth Beach, DE, to Delaware State Auditor—a natural progression, in McGuiness’ words.

Poll finds high trust in pharmacists, nurses, and doctors

A new poll shows that most American have high levels of trust in physicians, nurses, and pharmacists. The poll, from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, found that at least 7 in 10 Americans believe doctors, nurses, and pharmacists will do the right thing for them and their families most of the time. 

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