Pharmacy News

Unexplained hepatitis in children happened before pandemic, CDC study suggests

CDC investigators probing a rash of mysterious hepatitis illnesses in children across the country have one reassuring finding to report so far: cases are not occurring with any greater frequency now than before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Type 2 diabetes may accelerate brain function decline

A new study in eLife indicates that the brain in older adults with type 2 diabetes appears to age roughly 26% faster than normal. Researchers used brain scans, brain functioning tests, and other data from 20,314 people who were 50–80 years old to compare neurological differences in those who did and did not have type 2 diabetes.

Pediatric melatonin ingestion spikes over last decade, CDC says

The number of children reported to ingest melatonin, a sleep hormone, increased fivefold nationwide each year between 2012 to 2021, according to a new CDC study.

PTCB launches regulatory compliance certificate for pharmacy techs

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s (PTCB’s) new regulatory compliance certificate provides technicians with the opportunity to verify their knowledge about pharmacy laws, regulations, legal requirements, and practice standards to ensure compliance and quality assurance in various practice settings.

ADA urges heart failure screening in patients with diabetes

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) now recommends that people with diabetes undergo a yearly screening to detect for early heart failure, even if they do not currently have any symptoms. The American College of Cardiology endorsed the new guidance, which calls for testing to detect elevated B-type natriuretic peptide levels and/or unusual levels of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin, which are known biomarkers of advanced stage heart failure in individuals with diabetes who are asymptomatic.