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Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida on Tuesday signed into law a bill that allows the state to pursue importing prescription drugs from abroad—though components of the bill will still require federal approval to take effect.

Laws that allow pharmacists to directly dispense naloxone may reduce fatal opioid overdoses, according to a summary and comment published on May 10 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Journal Watch.  

Researchers found that children who received the varicella vaccination, which was introduced in 1996, not only were protected against chickenpox but they also had a lower chance of becoming infected with herpes zoster, or shingles, compared with children who were not vaccinated against chickenpox. The findings were published in the journal Pediatrics.

APhA and other pharmacy organizations on Monday sent a letter to President Donald Trump calling on his administration to provide relief from pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees that inflate drug costs paid by patients and the government, and that force pharmacies to fill Medicare prescriptions often below cost.

When a person is diagnosed with diabetes, the first question they often ask a health professional is “What can I eat?” A new consensus report from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) aims to get all health professionals who provide care for people with diabetes on the same page about individualizing nutrition therapy for adults with diabetes and prediabetes.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FDA) have issued warning letters to four companies that manufacture, advertise, and offer for sale or distribution flavored e-liquid products for violations related to online posts by social media influencers on the companies' behalf.

Federal court hearings on CVS Health's acquisition of Aetna wrapped up Thursday without a firm date for when Judge Richard Leon would rule on a Justice Department settlement that allowed the deal, and legal uncertainty for the merged firm could last well into the summer.

CDC announced Wednesday that the number of measles cases reported in the United States so far this year has surpassed the 1,000 mark. Since May 27, 61 new cases of measles have been reported, bringing the total to 1,001—the highest level recorded since 1992, when more than 2,100 cases were diagnosed.

FDA on Tuesday approved galcanezumab-gnlm (Emgality—Eli Lilly) solution for injection for the treatment of episodic cluster headache in adults.

A research letter published in JAMA Network found that deaths from falls among adults 75 years and older increased from 2000 to 2016. The absolute number of deaths from falls rose from more than 8,600 in 2000 to more than 25,000 in 2016. Deaths from falls in older patients are generally attributed to age, medication use, poor balance, and chronic conditions.