CDC Panel Updates Info on Rare Side Effect After J & J Vaccine CDC Panel Updates Info on Rare Side Effect After J & J Vaccine
The ACIP discussed slightly higher rates of the rare side effect of Guillain-Barr é syndrome after the J&J vaccine, and presented reaffirming evidence of the vaccine's effectiveness against variants.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 23, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Pfizer, AZ Vaccines Effective Against Delta After 2 Doses Pfizer, AZ Vaccines Effective Against Delta After 2 Doses
The differences in effectiveness against the Alpha vs Delta variants were modest when both doses of each vaccine were completed, but markedly different after only one dose.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 22, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

In a Race Against an Ever-Changing Virus, Are We  Losing Ground? In a Race Against an Ever-Changing Virus, Are We  Losing Ground?
The virus behind COVID-19 is evolving fast enough that vaccination efforts may not be able to wipe it out.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 21, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Necessary or Not, COVID Booster Shots Are Probably on the Horizon Necessary or Not, COVID Booster Shots Are Probably on the Horizon
Should the nearly 60% of adult Americans who have been fully vaccinated seek out a booster or not? Ultimately, the question of whether a booster is needed is unlikely to determine the FDA's decision.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 21, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

' Gold Standard' Study Confirms COVID mRNA Vaccines Prevent Infection'Gold Standard' Study Confirms COVID mRNA Vaccines Prevent Infection
The national study included more than 54,000 patients in the VA system, particularly important because that population has a large percentage of older patients with substantial comorbidities.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 21, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

FDA OKs Odevixibat for Pruritus Associated With Rare Liver Disease FDA OKs Odevixibat for Pruritus Associated With Rare Liver Disease
Odevixibat (Bylvay) is the first drug approved for the treatment of severe itching in children as young as 3 months with progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 21, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Pandemic Drives Drop in Prescription Drugs for Children Pandemic Drives Drop in Prescription Drugs for Children
The amount of prescription drugs given to children in the United States decreased by 27.1% between April and December 2020, compared with the same period in 2019, based on data from a national database.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 20, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Lockdowns Don't Harm Health More Than COVID, Review Shows Lockdowns Don't Harm Health More Than COVID, Review Shows
Lockdowns can cause harm, but at least in the short term, the pandemic's effects on health are worse, an international review team concludes.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 20, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Dangers of Delta, a Summer Surge, and Masks: One Expert's Take Dangers of Delta, a Summer Surge, and Masks: One Expert's Take
Delta variant SARS-CoV-2 infections are likely to peak this summer, but other variants could follow, an Emory infectious disease expert predicts.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 20, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

FDA Approves New Drug for Chronic Graft-Versus-Host Disease FDA Approves New Drug for Chronic Graft-Versus-Host Disease
Belumosudil, a small molecule inhibitor of the ROCK2 signaling pathway, is for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with cGVHD after failure of at least two prior lines of systemic therapy.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 19, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Alert Source Type: news

Chance That COVID-19 Vaccines Are Gene Therapy?'Zero'Chance That COVID-19 Vaccines Are Gene Therapy?'Zero '
Much of the misinformation surrounding vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna involve fear that they will alter our genes. But the science shows there is"zero" chance of that happening.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 17, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Three New Drugs Implicated in ANCA-Associated Vasculitis Three New Drugs Implicated in ANCA-Associated Vasculitis
Mirabegron, sofosbuvir, and nintedanib join a list of 12 other drugs that have been linked to an overreporting of drug-associated ANCA vasculitis.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 16, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Large Remdesivir Study Finds No COVID-19 Survival Benefit Large Remdesivir Study Finds No COVID-19 Survival Benefit
Investigators studied VA patients with COVID-19 to determine what effect the antiviral might have on hospital stay and survival.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 16, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Homeopath Arrested for Fake COVID Immunization, Vaccine Card Scheme Homeopath Arrested for Fake COVID Immunization, Vaccine Card Scheme
The Department of Justice alleges that the homeopathic doctor urged her patients to falsify vaccination cards to make it appear they had received FDA-authorized vaccines.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 15, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Contentious Alzheimer's Drug Likely to Get National Pay Plan Contentious Alzheimer's Drug Likely to Get National Pay Plan
CMS said it is working toward a national Medicare coverage policy for the controversial Alzheimer's drug aducanumab. Insurers have suggested CMS limit coverage of the drug pending proof of its benefit.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 13, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

FDA to Warn J & J Vaccine Can Increase Guillain-Barr é Risk: Media FDA to Warn J & J Vaccine Can Increase Guillain-Barr é Risk: Media
The federal agency is acting after receiving more than 100 reports of rare Guillain-Barr é syndrome linked to receipt of the J&J vaccines.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 13, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

New CDC School Guidance Calls for In-Person Classes, With Caveats New CDC School Guidance Calls for In-Person Classes, With Caveats
The federal agency on Friday released recommendations that promote in-person learning come fall, along with lifting mask requirements if teachers and students are fully immunized.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 10, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Fitbit Stats Show Lingering Physiologic Hit After COVID-19 Fitbit Stats Show Lingering Physiologic Hit After COVID-19
Data from wearable trackers reveal prolonged physiologic effects of COVID-19, lasting 2 to 3 months in some individuals.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 8, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Drug Effective in Treating Symptoms of Postpartum Depression Drug Effective in Treating Symptoms of Postpartum Depression
Those suffering from postpartum depression may have a more convenient treatment option, compared with the only drug approved by the FDA to specifically treat this mood disorder.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 6, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Insulin-Pramlintide Combo Improves Type 1 Diabetes Control Insulin-Pramlintide Combo Improves Type 1 Diabetes Control
Novel investigational combined injection of insulin with amylin analog reduces post-meal glucose levels and body weight compared with premeal insulin alone.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 6, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Secnidazole Gets FDA Nod for Trichomoniasis Secnidazole Gets FDA Nod for Trichomoniasis
The Food and Drug Administration has expanded the approval of secnidazole to include treatment of trichomoniasis in adults, according to the manufacturer.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 3, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Opioid Prescriptions Decrease in Young Kids Opioid Prescriptions Decrease in Young Kids
Although opioid prescription rates decreased for children, teens, and younger adults, high-dosage and long-duration prescriptions increased for children aged 0 to 5 years, a study shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 1, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Disturbing Number of Hospital Workers Still Unvaccinated Disturbing Number of Hospital Workers Still Unvaccinated
A new analysis by Medscape and WebMD shows that many health care workers in hospitals around the US remain unvaccinated against COVID, putting themselves, their patients, and their community at risk.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 28, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Omnipod 5'Artificial Pancreas' Shows Benefit in Type 1 Diabetes Omnipod 5'Artificial Pancreas' Shows Benefit in Type 1 Diabetes
If approved by the FDA, it would be the third commercially available semiautomated insulin delivery system in the US and the first without tubing. Data suggest it works in children as young as 2 years old.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 27, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Pfizer Pauses Distribution of Stop-Smoking Pill Chantix Pfizer Pauses Distribution of Stop-Smoking Pill Chantix
Pfizer told Reuters the distribution pause was ordered out of an abundance of caution while further testing is conducted. FDA approved varenicline, marketed as Chantix, in 2006.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 25, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Pulmonary Medicine News Alert Source Type: news

Arthritis Drug Tocilizumb Gets FDA EUA for Severe COVID-19 Arthritis Drug Tocilizumb Gets FDA EUA for Severe COVID-19
For patients hospitalized with COVID-19, tocilizumab plus standard care has been shown to cut the risk for death, shorten hospitalization time, and reduce the need for mechanical ventilation.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 25, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

FDA Fast-Tracks Lecanemab for Alzheimer's Disease FDA Fast-Tracks Lecanemab for Alzheimer's Disease
The FDA has granted breakthrough therapy designation to lecanemab (BAN2401), an investigational anti-amyloid beta protofibril antibody for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 24, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Levothyroxine Overprescribing Is Common, Consistent Over Time Levothyroxine Overprescribing Is Common, Consistent Over Time
A study detailing the consistent overuse of the thyroid replacement drug over a decade should be a'call to action'for doctors to stop treating patients with mild subclinical hypothyroidism, experts say.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 24, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Almost 17 Million Undiagnosed Cases Added to Early COVID-19 Tally Almost 17 Million Undiagnosed Cases Added to Early COVID-19 Tally
Investigators estimate the actual total number of SARS-CoV-2 infections in the US up until mid-July 2020.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 23, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

' Dreck' to Drama: How the Media Handled, and Got Handled, by COVID'Dreck' to Drama: How the Media Handled, and Got Handled, by COVID
Social scientists and science journalists reflect on the ups and downs of how the media covered the COVID-19 pandemic.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 22, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

FDA Approves OTC Antihistamine Nasal Spray FDA Approves OTC Antihistamine Nasal Spray
For the first time, US allergy sufferers will have access to an over-the-counter nasal antihistamine.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 22, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Allergy & Clinical Immunology News Alert Source Type: news

Study Estimates Incidence of Dupilumab-Related Conjunctivitis Study Estimates Incidence of Dupilumab-Related Conjunctivitis
The overall incidence rate of conjunctivitis within 6 months of starting treatment was 6.6% in dupilumab users, compared with 3.3% in methotrexate users.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 18, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Dermatology News Source Type: news

Doctors' Offices Preferred COVID Vaccine Sites for Unvaccinated Doctors' Offices Preferred COVID Vaccine Sites for Unvaccinated
A new survey finds that vaccine-hesitant patients, by a wide margin, would like to get shots from their personal physicians; racial attitudes toward vaccination vary.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 18, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Rebuilding Trust in Healthcare Key to Recharging Vaccine Uptake Rebuilding Trust in Healthcare Key to Recharging Vaccine Uptake
Hesitancy can ’t be the only excuse given for why COVID-19 vaccine uptake has plateaued, says a thought leader on the subject. Health systems have some hard questions to ask of themselves.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 16, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Giving Flu and COVID Shots at Same Time Appears Safe, Effective: Study Giving Flu and COVID Shots at Same Time Appears Safe, Effective: Study
New research suggests the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine can be given at the same time as the flu vaccine.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 16, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

How Patent Extensions Keep Some Drug Costs High How Patent Extensions Keep Some Drug Costs High
The Biden administration has a chance to help curb drug costs by naming a new patent office director, some experts say.Undark (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 16, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

Secukinumab Provides Clinical Benefit for JIA Subtypes Secukinumab Provides Clinical Benefit for JIA Subtypes
Phase 3 trial shows secukinumab is effective for enthesitis-related arthritis and juvenile psoriatic arthritis in children.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 16, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

FDA Recalls More Metformin Extended-Release Tablets FDA Recalls More Metformin Extended-Release Tablets
Two lots of metformin HCl extended-release tablets have been recalled by Viona Pharmaceuticals because unacceptable levels of nitrosodimethylamine, a likely carcinogen, were found in the 750-mg tablets.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 15, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Alert Source Type: news

As COVID Restrictions Ease, RSV and Other Viruses Re-Eemerge As COVID Restrictions Ease, RSV and Other Viruses Re-Eemerge
The CDC urges more testing for RSV among patients presenting with acute respiratory illness who test negative for SARS-CoV-2. RSV is just one of the viruses reemerging as COVID restrictions lift.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 12, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Mavrilimumab May Aid Severe COVID-19 Recovery Mavrilimumab May Aid Severe COVID-19 Recovery
The granulocyte/macrophage-colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) blocker reduced the need for mechanical ventilation and death by day 29 vs placebo.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 11, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

New Protocol Reduces Opioid Use After Bariatric Surgery New Protocol Reduces Opioid Use After Bariatric Surgery
Reducing opioid abuse after bariatric surgery could save more lives than eliminating the most common postoperative complications, and a new quality initiative could lead the way, say researchers.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 11, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Pharmacist Who Ruined COVID Vaccine Doses Sentenced Pharmacist Who Ruined COVID Vaccine Doses Sentenced
Before receiving his prison sentence, Steven Brandenburg said he felt"great shame" and accepted responsibility for his actions. He also apologized to his co-workers, his family, and the community.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 10, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Houston Hospital Suspends Workers Over Vaccine Compliance Houston Hospital Suspends Workers Over Vaccine Compliance
Houston Methodist Hospital says nearly all its workers are vaccinated against COVID-19. It's the first hospital in the US to mandate the shots.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 9, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Democrats Push Bill Aimed at Family That Owns Purdue Pharma Democrats Push Bill Aimed at Family That Owns Purdue Pharma
Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, a Republican, said the Sacklers are standing in the way of seeking justice for the victims of opioid addiction and their families.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 9, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

The COVID-19 Pseudoscience Suffocating Brazil The COVID-19 Pseudoscience Suffocating Brazil
How a cocktail of unproven drugs became Brazil's main COVID-19 strategy while cases and deaths soared.Undark (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 9, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

The'5 Cs': How to Target COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy The'5 Cs': How to Target COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy
Even as the proportion of Americans vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 continues to rise, experts share five tips on how to talk to holdouts, aka the vaccine-hesitant.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 8, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Concerts May Be Safe to Attend With Proper Safety Precautions Concerts May Be Safe to Attend With Proper Safety Precautions
Safety measures in the Spanish study included N95 masks, same-day testing, ventilation, and crowd control. None of the attendees tested positive a week after the event.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 4, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

A Major Change? 6-Monthly Leuprolide for Central Precocious Puberty A Major Change? 6-Monthly Leuprolide for Central Precocious Puberty
Approved in May 2020, 45 mg subcutaneous leuprolide acetate, which works for 6 months, suppressed bone maturation and increased predicted adult height without significant adverse effects.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 3, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Medical and Mental Health Needs of'Detransitioners' Largely Unmet Medical and Mental Health Needs of'Detransitioners' Largely Unmet
Survey finds large majority of detransitioners, people who transition to the opposite gender but then change their minds and transition back, report negative experiences when seeking medical help to detransition.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 2, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Black Market for Remdesivir Thwarts India's COVID Response Black Market for Remdesivir Thwarts India's COVID Response
In India, desperate COVID-19 patients and their doctors scramble to find remdesivir on the black market and are willing to pay almost any price.Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - June 2, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases Commentary Source Type: news