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Older adults are taking more psychoactive medications than they did in years past, according to researchers who wanted to find out how prevalent psychoactive medication use is in this patient population.

California officials have invalidated more than 1,000 pharmacists' test scores because of cheating on a state exam, a move that has caused an uproar among pharmacists who say they have lost wages and job opportunities as a result.

Drug distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson Corporation, as well as manufacturers Johnson & Johnson and Teva, have reportedly agreed with multiple states on a framework to resolve thousands of opioid cases with a settlement worth approximately $50 billion in cash and addiction treatments.

Three major drug distributors—McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, and Cardinal Health—are reportedly in negotiations to pay $18 billion to settle litigation brought by state and local governments blaming them for fueling the opioid crisis.

California became the first state to authorize pharmacists to dispense HIV prevention medications, including both pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and postexposure prophylaxis (PEP), without a physician’s prescription. The groundbreaking legislation was made official on October 7 after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 159.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Guide for Clinicians on the Appropriate Dosage Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Analgesics. The new guide offers recommendations for clinicians who are considering or initiating a change in a patient's opioid dosage.

CDC issued on Friday updated interim clinical guidance for health care providers caring for individuals with lung injury associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products.

Thousands of lung injuries and several deaths have prompted U.S. officials to urge Americans to stop using e-cigarettes, especially those that contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

CMS on Wednesday released a proposed rule to remove what they describe as unintended hurdles to coordination of patient care due to outdated rules about clinicians' financial relationships. The measure would create new exceptions to the so-called Stark law, which dates to 1989.

Most pregnant women in the United States have not received the influenza and pertussis vaccines, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report.