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Pfizer and BioNTech reported Wednesday their experimental COVID-19 vaccine was 95% effective in the final results of a key study. According to the companies, Pfizer intends to seek FDA authorization for the vaccine within days.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic drowned out every other public health issue, global measles cases reached a 23-year high, according a new World Health Organization (WHO) and CDC publication released on November 13. In 2019, there were a reported 869,770 measles cases leading to 207,500 deaths. The death rate was 50% higher than it was in 2016. Now, amid a worldwide coronavirus-related decline in childhood vaccinations, the agencies warn that global immunization partners must act quickly to reverse the trend. 

Retail giant Amazon is moving into the drug-delivery business, offering some new competition to chains such as CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Rite Aid, Walmart, and Kroger. With Tuesday's launch of Amazon Pharmacy, the company hopes to gain a foothold in the U.S.

On November 10, FDA issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) to Eli Lilly for the investigational monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 in adult and pediatric patients.

Medical Arts Pharmacy in Fayetteville, AR, is the only local provider in the area offering smoking cessation counseling and support to patients.

Moderna's candidate coronavirus vaccine is nearly 95% effective at preventing illness, including severe cases, according to a preliminary analysis released Monday. The vaccine, co-developed with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at NIH, is being studied in 30,000 volunteers.

HHS announced Thursday the U.S. government is partnering with large chain pharmacies and networks representing independent and chain pharmacies to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines when they are made available. The program will cover about 60% of pharmacies throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S.

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine is among the largest to examine the asymptomatic spread of the novel coronavirus. The study focused on 1,848 U.S.

The Trump administration has pledged fast and fair distribution of Eli Lilly's newly sanctioned COVID-19 treatment, but tight supply and logistical barriers will present a challenge.

Most therapies and treatment for fibromyalgia seem to lack effectiveness, according to a recent systematic review with meta-analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine.