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The American Thoracic Society (ATS) released a clinical practice guideline on the pharmacologic management of COPD. This guidance, in conjunction with the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) guidelines, is useful in helping pharmacists manage patients with COPD.

New coronavirus cases in the United States rose above 50,000, a single-day record, as some states and businesses reversed course on reopenings and hospitals were hit by a surge of patients. In California, where hospitalizations are up more than 40% from 2 weeks ago, Gov.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned Tuesday that the United States could soon have 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day "if this does not turn around." Such a surge would be more than twice as many as the record so far and three times as many as the original peak this spring.

A new toolkit from FDA helps clinicians, researchers, and patients understand convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19. “Convalescent plasma” refers to the use of antibodies in the blood of patients who have recovered from COVID-19 to help others fight off the disease. Versions of the toolkit are available in both English and Spanish.

The nation’s patients would have benefited from full utilization of pharmacists in diagnostic testing, treatment, and immunization planning services at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, APhA said in a June 26 letter to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). Alexander chairs the powerful Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. APhA submitted the letter in response to Alexander’s white paper on preparedness for future public health emergencies.

Office visits for ongoing prescribing of skeletal muscle relaxant drugs tripled from 2005 to 2016, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open.

Gilead Sciences announced Monday that it expects to charge U.S. hospitals $3,120 for a typical COVID-19 patient who requires its drug remdesivir. Gilead will start charging for the drug in July, but federal and state officials will continue to determine which hospitals receive it.

New coronavirus cases continued to surge over the weekend in the United States, with some parts of the country pulling back their reopenings and some facing strains on hospital and testing capacity. Approximately 39,000 cases were recorded nationwide on Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The scientific evidence supporting healthy lifestyle habits for disease prevention and treatment is coming into focus.

The Trump administration urged the Supreme Court to invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a legal brief filed Thursday, telling the court that "the entire ACA must fall." The Justice Department said the 2010 health law is invalid because Congress in 2017 ended the financial penalty for not having health insurance, though it did not take effec