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CDC officials are urging more pharmacists to expand access to naloxone, the opioid antagonist that is used to prevent an opioid overdose.

CDC continues to investigate the rising number of lung injury cases that are associated with the use of e-cigarettes products and vaping. As of September 19, CDC reported 530 cases of lung injury from 38 states and one U.S. territory. Seven deaths have been confirmed in six states. Data are being updated weekly on CDC’s outbreak website.

Many Americans are taking antibiotics without a prescription, according to a recent study published in Annals of Internal Medicine. The results reveal an understudied public health problem in the United States that could be contributing to the growing risk of antimicrobial resistance. 

The pharmacy community gathered at APhA headquarters in Washington, DC, on September 16, 2019, for the APhA Foundation’s 22nd annual Pinnacle Awards. The Pinnacle Awards celebrate significant contributions to the medication use process. Recipients in three categories each receive a crystal eagle statuette to signify their accomplishments.

Fluoroquinolones may be linked to a greater risk of heart problems, according to a new study published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology. These new findings join a host of possible adverse events associated with the antibiotics, including aortic ruptures and tears, severe drops in blood glucose, tendon ruptures, and mental health effects such as trouble paying attention, disorientation, and memory loss.

Health care practitioners have their work cut out for them in discussing appropriate aspirin use with patients. New study findings published on July 22 in Annals of Internal Medicine found that aspirin is widely used for cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention—despite recent changes in guidelines—and is not always taken with a physician’s recommendation.

Arm cuff blood pressure measurements may not work optimally for predicting heart disease risk in some patients with difficult-to-treat high blood pressure, according to preliminary findings presented at an American Heart Association meeting in New Orleans this week.

It’s not an easy time to be a pharmacist. Across the country, pharmacists are facing layoffs, reduced hours, and harsh work conditions. Are there too many pharmacists? Is a career as a community pharmacist still viable? How can pharmacists survive and thrive in a job market in flux?

This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) made several recommendations for influenza vaccine in children as the 2019–2020 flu season approaches. Updates include

Pharmacists are included in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs), a set of programs established by the U.S. Congress to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into research careers. Approximately 1,500 scientists benefit from the $68 million NIH invests each year through its extramural LRPs. LRPs will begin accepting applications on September 1, and the deadline to submit applications, recommendations, and colleague and institutional support documentation is November 15.