Pharmacy News

Study confirms racial bias with pulse oximeters

A new study in JAMA Pediatrics published March 20, 2023, suggests that pulse oximetry overestimated arterial oxygen saturation in Black children.

FDA panel OKs Paxlovid as COVID-19 treatment

An FDA advisory panel backed the use of Pfizer’s nirmatrelvir/ritonavir antiviral (Paxlovid) as a treatment for adults with COVID-19 who are at high risk for severe illness. The endorsement is expected to allow the drug, which is available under an EUA, to receive full FDA approval.

Statin alternative joins drugs that could reduce heart attack risk

A new study published in NEJM found that bempedoic acid (Nexletol—Esperion Therapeutics) modestly reduced the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other complications from heart disease. However, it did not reduce the overall mortality rate. Bempedoic acid was approved by FDA 3 years ago to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels.

Half of all fatal poisonings in young kids involve opioids, study finds

A new study in Pediatrics found that in recent years opioids were the leading cause of fatal poisonings among children aged 5 years and younger in the United States.

FDA cracks down on xylazine imports amid growing concern

FDA announced it is taking steps to curb illicit importation of the animal sedative xylazine, which is frequently being mixed with illegal street drugs.