Pharmacy News

CDC reports new drop in child vaccination rates

CDC said last week that disruptions in health care access during the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to declining rates of routine immunizations among young children. In a new report, the agency said that uptake of state-mandated vaccines dropped somewhat in 2021–22 for kindergarteners.

Over 1 million Americans with diabetes rationed insulin, says new report

A new report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that an estimated 1.3 million U.S. adults with diabetes rationed their insulin in the past year, representing 16.5% of those who use prescribed insulin.

Experts flag potential risk with Paxlovid and cardiovascular drugs

Clinicians treating patients with COVID-19  who are at risk for progression to acute disease should be aware of potential drug–drug interactions when the oral antiviral treatment nirmatrelvir/ritonavir (Paxlovid—Pfizer) is administered to people taking common cardiovascular drugs, experts warn in a new Journal of the American College of Cardiology article.

Sandra Leal Amplifying Our Voices

Sandra Leal, APhA President, 2021–2022 shared words of gratitude as well as the importance and value of advocacy in her #APhA2022 Presidential Speech, “Amplifying Our Voice.”

Polypharmacy, certain medication classes seem to worsen COVID-19 outcomes

Pharmacists are well aware that polypharmacy is a major issue among patients, especially older adults. Recent studies have estimated that approximately 36% of older adults take at least 5 prescription medications, and 67% take 5 or more medications or supplements, including OTCs.