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The question of generic equivalency of levothyroxine products has remained unanswered for several decades. But a new study led by Mayo Clinic researchers found that for patients with predominantly benign thyroid disease and newly treated hypothyroidism, there were no differences in cardiovascular event risks between patients treated with brand or generic levothyroxine.

The first deadline of a new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) governing the handling of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals by health care facilities will take effect Wednesday, August 21, 2019. The EPA rule, Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals and Amendment to the P075 Listing for Nicotine, prohibits the disposal of certain drugs by flushing them down the drain or toilet—commonly referred to as “sewering”—and eases rules about disposing of FDA-approved, OTC nicotine replacement therapies, among other changes related to hazardous waste pharmaceuticals of which pharmacists need to be aware.

An observational study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that middle-aged and older adults who used anticholinergic drugs such as antidepressants, antiparkinson agents, antipsychotics, antimuscarinics, and antiepileptics had an increased risk of dementia.

CDC has formalized the June 2019 Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP’s) recommendation for both men and women to receive a catch-up human papilloma (HPV) vaccination up to 26 years of age. For average-risk men, the previous cutoff was age 21. Catch-up HPV vaccination has already been recommended for females through age 26 and certain special populations.

Our teachers, bosses, and colleagues shape our perspective and influence the way we practice every day. If you’re inspired by a leader who paved a path for you, a mentor who shepherded you, or a teammate who motivated you, consider nominating them for one of APhA’s awards and honors. The APhA Awards and Honors Program recognizes excellence in both new and established pharmacy careers and across practice settings.

NSAIDs, which are often used to treat pain and inflammation in patients with osteoarthritis, may contribute to the increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in these patients, according to a new study published on August 6, 2019, in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

Health officials have been monitoring the national upward trend of hepatitis A cases that are occurring in almost every state across the United States. 

In 2005, CDC published guidelines on tuberculosis (TB) prevention. As part of the prevention strategy, CDC recommended annual testing for health care workers at risk of exposure to TB while performing their jobs. Despite a lack of evidence on the screening’s effectiveness in reducing TB transmission to this population, the recommendation was adopted across the country. A new update to the guidelines suggests that while baseline screening should continue, serial screenings are not needed for health care workers who do not have latent TB.

The Trump administration on Wednesday said it was weighing plans to allow for the legal importation of prescription drugs from Canada, but pharmacists, patient groups, doctors, and some lawmakers in that country worry that the large-scale importation of pharmaceuticals could deplete the drug supply for its 37 million residents.

The Trump administration on Wednesday reported that it is taking steps to make it easier to import less expensive prescription drugs from other countries, particularly Canada. The proposal would permit pilot programs developed by states, pharmacies, or drug distributors that seek to safely import prescription medications from Canada.