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FDA released on Tuesday a report from the inter-agency Drug Shortages Task Force.

With some proudly wearing the stars and stripes, federal pharmacists convened in the lone-star state when The Joint Federal Pharmacy Seminar (JFPS) 2019 was held in Dallas on October 27-30. This year’s seminar emphasized health and readiness among service members, with education and training sessions promoting the mental and physical preparation needed to conduct military operations.

A bill based on the recommendations of a pharmacy task force may be taken up by the Illinois state legislature. Recommendations include one uninterrupted 30-minute meal break and an additional 15-minute break for any pharmacist who works 6 continuous hours, with an additional 15-minute break for those working a 12-hour shift. In addition, pharmacies that fail to provide adequate time for pharmacists to review patients’ drug histories, administer immunizations, answer patient questions, and verify the accuracy of prescriptions could be disciplined if the recommendations are adopted.

One in eight pharmacies in the United States shut their doors between 2009 and 2015. Independent and urban pharmacies, especially those serving low-income or publicly insured populations, bore the brunt of those closures, according to a research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine on October 21.

A new study confirms what most pharmacists already know—Americans are curious about cannabidiol (CBD).

A new CDC report provides updated information about the 34 individuals who had died from e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) as of October 22.