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According to a recent study by the International Patterns of Opioid Prescribing Workgroup, patients in the United States are prescribed disproportionally higher amounts of opioids after surgery compared with patients in other countries. The study authors, led by Haytham M.A. Kaafarani, MD, and colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital, wanted to assess the relationship between perceived pain severity and the amount of opioids prescribed to surgery patients at discharge.

Managing and preventing cluster headaches is a common issue for many patients. A study published in the January 2021 issue of the Lancet Neurology showed that oral prednisone is an effective short-term preventive therapy for patients with episodic cluster headache before preventive medication, such as verapamil, becomes effective.

While the nation's supply of COVID-19 vaccine is limited, hospitals and pharmacies sometimes are left with a surplus when people miss immunization appointments, freezers malfunction, or vials contain more doses than normal.

In an effort to accelerate the nation's COVID-19 immunization rollout as infections and deaths rise, the Trump administration wants to start vaccinating all Americans aged 65 years and older right away. Officials also want to immediately target tens of millions of high-risk adults with underlying medical comorbidities.

A new study from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), examines so-called pharmacy deserts in the state—Los Angeles County, specifically.

Influenza cases hit a record low in 2020, according to CDC data. Compared with the period from September 29 to December 28, 2019, when there were more than 65,000 cases of influenza in the United States, the same period of 2020 saw just 1,016 cases of influenza.

Pharmacists should be making every effort to ensure patients receive two doses of Shingrix within the recommended 2- to 6-month interval to prevent shingles and its complications in adults aged 50 years and older.

State and federal officials are turning to regional pharmacies, as well as pharmacies located within supermarkets, to help accelerate the nation's COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

A model developed by CDC researchers estimates that 59% of coronavirus cases in the United States are spread by asymptomatic carriers. Transmissions from individuals who have not yet begun to exhibit signs of infection account for 35% of that total, while transmissions from people who never develop symptoms make up the other 24%.

In order to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to more people more quickly, the Trump administration intends to expedite rollout of its immunization partnership with pharmacies. The logic behind the concept is that getting vaccinated at a local pharmacy will be more accessible and efficient for many Americans than going to a hospital.