Pharmacy News

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.

New screening guidelines for diabetes and prediabetes seem to lead to better detection rates

A new analysis finds that the uptake of 2021 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines and 2022 American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommendations has had a positive effect on detection rates for prediabetes and undiagnosed diabetes.

ACIP updates adult recommendations for pneumococcal vaccines

CDC recently approved new pneumococcal vaccine (PCV) recommendations. Now, CDC recommends the use of either 20-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV20) alone or 15-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV15) in series with 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) for all adults aged 65 years or older and for adults aged 19 to 64 years with certain underlying medical conditions or other risk factors who have not previously received a PCV vaccine or whose previous vaccination history is unknown.