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The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) jointly released a set of quality measures for adults with high blood pressure. The new measures were published this month in AHA’s Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes journal.

New research indicates that heart disease patients with blocked coronary arteries who received only drug therapy did not have more heart attacks or die more frequently than individuals who also received bypass surgery or stents.

FDA on Thursday granted accelerated approval to zanubrutinib (Brukinsa—BeiGene USA) capsules for the treatment of adult patients with mantle cell lymphoma who have received at least one prior therapy.

A CDC report released Wednesday found that drug-resistant bacteria and fungi, along with heavy use of antibiotics, fuel nearly 3.1 million infections with 48,700 deaths every year in the United States.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) enables people who are HIV negative but at high risk for contracting HIV to take medication daily to help lower the risk of acquiring the infection. In a study published in a recent issue of Open Forum Infectious Diseases, Havens and colleagues showed that a pharmacist-led PrEP program in Omaha, NE, was a feasible way to increase access to PrEP. With the relative shortage of providers who provide care to HIV populations, pharmacists can step in via collaborative practice agreements (CPAs) to bridge this care gap, especially in rural environments.

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Tuesday called on the agency to ban all pod-based e-cigarettes. "Unless we're able to change the current trajectory of tobacco-related disease, almost 6 million children alive today will die prematurely later in life from tobacco use," said Gottlieb during a speech at Harvard University.

A new study is adding to the growing body of evidence suggesting that blood pressure lowering could have a beneficial effect on cognitive function.

KKR & Co. reportedly has formally approached drugstore giant Walgreens Boots Alliance about a deal to take the company private, in what could be the biggest-ever leveraged buyout. According to sources familiar with the matter, KKR has been preparing a proposal to potentially buy out shareholders of Walgreens Boots.

CDC reported Friday the discovery of a "very strong culprit" in the outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries. "For the first time, we have detected a potential toxin of concern, vitamin E acetate, from biological samples from patients," with lung damage linked to vaping, said Anne Schuchat, MD, principal deputy director of CDC.

The number of ongoing drug shortages has been rising. According to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), nearly 200 drug shortages occurred in 2018, with even more expected by the end of 2019.