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Biden unveils national strategy that Trump resisted
New York Times (01/21/21) Stolberg, Sheryl Gay
Unlike his predecessor, President Biden is embracing a more centralized strategy for managing the COVID-19 pandemic. He signed a flurry of executive orders and presidential directives on January 21, including one that institutes new mask mandates for interstate travel, one that creates a national…
Jan 21, 2021 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
'Pixie Dust': Why some vaccine sits on shelves while shortages intensify nationwide
Washington Post (01/21/21) Stanley-Becker, Isaac; Sun, Lena H.
While kinks in the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout have been blamed largely on limited supply, some doses are sitting unused in some states. Mixed signals over the amount of vaccine available from week to week, questions over how much is needed to immunize priority groups, confusion over…
Jan 21, 2021 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Lilly antibody drug prevents COVID-19 in nursing homes, study finds
Wall Street Journal (01/21/21) Loftus, Peter
Eli Lilly & Co. reported Thursday that bamlanivimab, an antibody-based drug, prevented COVID-19 infection among many nursing home and assisted-living residents and staff members. According to Lilly, the drug lowered the risk of both staff and residents becoming sick with COVID-19 by about 57%,…
Jan 21, 2021 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
FDA approves first ER injectable drug regimen for adults living with HIV
FDA News Release (01/21/21)
FDA approved on Thursday cabotegravir and rilpivirine, injectable formulation (Cabenuva—ViiV Healthcare) as a complete regimen for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults to replace a current antiretroviral regimen in those who are virologically suppressed on a stable antiretroviral…
Jan 21, 2021 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
California says Moderna vaccine safe after briefly halting immunizations
The Hill (01/21/21) Coleman, Justine
California has determined that a batch of the Moderna vaccine is safe after temporarily suspending immunizations from a shipment of more than 300,000 doses after fewer than 10 people required medical attention. California State Epidemiologist Erica Pan, MD, MPH, authorized health providers to "…
Jan 21, 2021 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Efficacy and safety of antidepressants for the treatment of back pain and osteoarthritis
BMJ (01/20/21) Vol. 372 Ferreira, Giovanni E.; McLachlan, Andrew J.; Lin, Chung-Wei Christine; et al.
Antidepressants are widely used to treat pain, despite a lack of conclusive evidence to support this practice. To better understand the risks and benefits of antidepressants in the setting of back and osteoarthritis pain, researchers in Australia conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis.…
Jan 21, 2021 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
CVS Health, Walgreens pharmacies to roll out COVID-19 vaccines in Massachusetts
Drug Store News (01/21/21) Levy, Sandra
In Massachusetts, the Baker-Polito administration announced that at least 15 CVS Health and Walgreens locations will receive a total of 10,000 COVID-19 vaccines to administer this week. These locations will be in areas across the state with less access to convenient vaccination facilities. Eligible…
Jan 21, 2021 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Amazon offers to help Biden administration with COVID vaccine distribution
USA Today (01/21/21) Molina, Brett
Online retail giant Amazon has reached out to President Joe Biden, telling him that it is willing and able to help achieve his goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans during the first 100 days of his administration. "Our scale allows us to make a meaningful impact immediately in the fight against…
Jan 21, 2021 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Minnesota pharmacies ask to be included in COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Minneapolis Star Tribune (01/20/21) Howatt, Glenn
Addressing a Minnesota Senate health committee recently, Minnesota Pharmacists Association Executive Director Sarah Derr said nearly 560 pharmacies in the state have registered to be vaccine providers. She said, "Pharmacies are currently a little frustrated as they have not heard of any plans…
Jan 21, 2021 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition
Dierbergs to sell its pharmacy operations to Mercy
St. Louis Business Journal (01/19/21) Barr, Diana
Dierbergs Markets has agreed to sell all 22 of its traditional and specialty pharmacies to Mercy, a St. Louis-based health system, for an undisclosed price. Mercy will operate the Dierbergs pharmacies in their current locations under a long-term lease, officials said Tuesday. Mercy may also develop…
Jan 21, 2021 Publication Pharmacy Today Daily Edition