Pharmacy News

Many Americans turn to melatonin, despite risks

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has initiated an investigation into the safety of melatonin, which is increasingly used as a solution for chronic insomnia.

Pharmacists on mental health teams benefit youth

COVID-19 has intensified the mental health pandemic, said Julie A. Dopheide, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP. What’s worse is that access to mental health care continues to be a challenge for individuals.

APhA House of Delegates passes policy addressing access to pharmacist-provided services

During APhA’s annual meeting held in San Antonio, TX, March 17 to 21, 2022, APhA’s House of Delegates introduced and passed an urgent new business item, which addressed the American Medical Association’s policies related to pharmacists’ scope of practice.

DEA commits to expand access to MAT

DEA administrator Anne Milgram announced the agency’s continued support for expanding access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help individuals with substance use disorder.

New bill would ensure patient access to essential services by pharmacists

On March 24, Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI), Congressman David B. McKinley (R-WV), Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA), and Congressman Buddy Carter (R-GA) introduced the Equitable Community Access to Pharmacist Services Act, a groundbreaking piece of legislation that would allow Medicare patients to continue to receive treatment from pharmacists for pandemic-related health services and would permit pharmacists to respond to ongoing and future public health crises.