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Unique use of long-acting asthma medications proves beneficial
Maria G. Tanzi, PharmD, contributing writer
Novel treatment regimens for managing patients with persistent asthma were shown to reduce exacerbations, according to data from two systematic reviews and meta-analyses published in JAMA. An analysis of 15 randomized trials involving more than 7,000 patients showed that use of a long-acting…
Jun 25, 2018 Article
CDC reports Shringrix order limits, shipping delays
Diana Yap, editorial director
High levels of demand for Shringrix (herpes zoster vaccine) have led GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to implement order limits, and providers have experienced shipping delays, according to CDC.   “It is anticipated these order limits and shipping delays will continue throughout 2018,” CDC has…
Jun 25, 2018 Article
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Jul 28, 2016 Basic page
Care of Underserved Patients SIG
APhA Engage Care of Underserved Patients SIG Community Mission The mission of the APhA-APPM Care of Underserved Patients SIG is to facilitate a network of practitioners, administrators, and educators who provide care for underserved patient populations and utilize the expertise and resources of…
Jun 22, 2018 Basic page
APhA-APPM Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
The APhA-APPM SIGs are member-driven groups focused on key areas of interest. Many SIGs have committees and work groups where APhA members can create resources, provide webinars, and work on other projects to help other APhA members in their pharmacy practices. Each SIG has its own community on the…
Jul 10, 2012 Basic page
Study finds growing support to allow pharmacists to write prescriptions (06/20/2018)
There is growing support to allow pharmacists to prescribe medications, according to a British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology review of a large number of studies in many countries. The review indicates that diverse groups of stakeholders—including pharmacists, patients, doctors, nurses,…
Jun 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
New shingles vaccine is highly effective, long-lasting -- and in short supply
Washington Post (06/20/18) Sun, Lena
There is a national shortage of the new and more effective vaccine zoster vaccine recombinant (Shingrix—GlaxoSmithKline) to protect older adults from shingles. The vaccine has been recommended by CDC for healthy adults start to receiving the vaccine at age 50 years, a decade earlier than the…
Jun 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Ertugliflozin for type 2 diabetes
Journal of the American Medical Association (06/19/18) Vol. 319, No. 23, P. 2434
Ertugliflozin (Steglatro—Merck) has been granted FDA approval for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in adult patients. Like the three other sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors sanctioned before it, the drug works by regulating renal glucose reabsorption and stimulating urinary…
Jun 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Sarepta gets boost from early trial results on muscular dystrophy treatment
Wall Street Journal (06/19/18) Al-Muslim, Aisha
An early stage trial of a gene therapy Sarepta Therapeutics showed promise in its ability to treat patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Sarepta said study results showed the therapy helped patients with the crippling disease significantly reduce levels of creatine kinase, an enzyme associated…
Jun 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Methadone and buprenorphine reduce risk of death after opioid overdose
NIH News Release (06/19/18)
An NIH-funded study found that treatment of opioid use disorder with either methadone or buprenorphine following a nonfatal opioid overdose is associated with significant reductions in opioid related mortality. The research was co-funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the…
Jun 20, 2018 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition