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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.

With the number of vaping-related lung injury cases topping 1,600, federal health investigators are examining sources in the United States and overseas for risky materials or substances using in vaping products. "We think something riskier is in much more frequent use," said Anne Schuchat, CDC's principal deputy director.

Use of any of the available prescription omega-3 fatty acid products at a dose of 4 g per day (> 3 g/d total eicosapentaenoic acid [EPA] plus docosahexaenoic acid [DHA]) alone or in combination with other lipid-lowering medications is an effective and safe choice for management of hypertriglyceridemia, according to a newly released science advisory by the American Heart Association (AHA).

Proposed changes to Illinois regulations would require pharmacists to take breaks to relieve pressure from heavy workloads, ensure pharmacies allow them time to review patient drug histories, and reduce the extra duties that may distract them from safely dispensing drugs.

Public health officials are warning that hundreds of people at Disneyland may have been exposed to measles last week, after a person who was infectious with the disease visited the theme park.

Biogen CEO Michel Vounatsos said Tuesday the drug manufacturer will seek regulatory approval early next year for an Alzheimer's disease drug that had been considered a lost cause after the company pulled the plug on late-stage studies because of disappointing results.