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Updated COVID-19 vaccines, recommended for all, available at pharmacies and covered by insurance

CDC's director has signed off on the widespread use of updated COVID-19 vaccines, which are intended to better align with SARS-CoV-2 strains now in circulation.

FDA advisers say oral phenylephrine is not effective as a nasal decongestant

An FDA advisory panel unanimously agreed that oral phenylephrine is not effective at relieving nasal stuffiness. The decision, voted on during FDA’s Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee meeting, could result in the removal of oral formulations of phenylephrine.

Psilocybin may be safe and effective as treatment for MDD

Results from a new study published in JAMA find that among patients with major depressive disorder (MDD), a single 25-mg dose of psilocybin led to a steady reduction in depressive symptoms and helped improve psychosocial functioning. The goal of the research was to examine the safety and efficacy of using psilocybin in patients with MDD.

Could GLP-1s benefit T1D patients, too?

The popular GLP-1 receptor agonists, originally approved for T2D, may also be beneficial for patients with T1D—at least, that’s what findings from a small study published in NEJM imply.

CDC: Overdose deaths from counterfeit drugs on the rise

A new report from CDC finds that in recent years, the number of people who overdosed and died from counterfeit prescription drugs has more than doubled. From mid-2019 to the end of 2021, overdose deaths involving counterfeit drugs increased from 2% to 4.7%.

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