3.9 million J & J COVID Shots to Ship, More Expected Soon 3.9 million J & J COVID Shots to Ship, More Expected Soon
The US government is shipping 3.9 million doses of Johnson& Johnson's COVID vaccine, just days after the FDA granted emergency use authorization. Another 16 million doses are coming by month's end.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - March 2, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Early Cognitive Impairment in MS Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Early Cognitive Impairment in MS
People with MS and low levels of serum vitamin D show significant reductions in information processing speed versus those with normal levels of the vitamin concentrations.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - March 1, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Opioid Use Common for Pain in Multiple Sclerosis Opioid Use Common for Pain in Multiple Sclerosis
A study shows that 20% of MS patients report prescription opioid use. The researchers urge development of more nonpharmacologic programs.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - March 1, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

FDA Grants Emergency Use to Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine FDA Grants Emergency Use to Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
The Janssen/Johnson& Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccine becomes the third available to fight the pandemic in the US and the first designed for single-dose administration.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 28, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

COVID-19 Vaccination Linked to Less Mechanical Ventilation COVID-19 Vaccination Linked to Less Mechanical Ventilation
A new report from Israel links COVID-19 vaccination to a drop in the need for mechanical ventilation among people 70 and older.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 27, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Pulmonary Medicine News Source Type: news

Contrary to Popular Belief, Insulin Can Be Stored Outside Fridge Contrary to Popular Belief, Insulin Can Be Stored Outside Fridge
In a study, insulin retained its potency in conditions in which the temperature oscillated between 25 and 37 degrees Celsius (77 to 98.6 Fahrenheit) during a 28-day period of use.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 26, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Google-Backed Database Tracks Details on COVID Cases Worldwide Google-Backed Database Tracks Details on COVID Cases Worldwide
Google supplied funds and expertise to build the repository; it's unclear how the international database will be financed in the long term.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 25, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Consideration of Herbal Products in Pregnancy and Lactation Consideration of Herbal Products in Pregnancy and Lactation
With uncertain efficacy, the safety of herbal products comes into focus. Very few herbal products (or their specific active compounds) have been scientifically studied for safety in pregnancy/lactation.Medscape Ob/Gyn (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 25, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health Commentary Source Type: news

Goldenseal May Interfere With Metformin, Jeopardize Glucose Control Goldenseal May Interfere With Metformin, Jeopardize Glucose Control
The natural botanical product may interfere with intestinal absorption of metformin, potentially compromising blood glucose control in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to investigators.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 24, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

COVID-19 Vaccination Recommended for Rheumatology Patients COVID-19 Vaccination Recommended for Rheumatology Patients
The threat posed by COVID-19 for people with rheumatic diseases outweighs concerns about vaccination against SARS-CoV-2, says the American College of Rheumatology.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 24, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

COVID Vaccine Makers to Congress: Expect Steady Rise in US Supply COVID Vaccine Makers to Congress: Expect Steady Rise in US Supply
Executives from five pharmaceutical companies told US lawmakers that they expect to boost supply of COVID-19 vaccines in the months ahead. The firms also are studying pediatric use of the vaccines.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 24, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

COVID-19 Vaccines Were Rushed, but'All Steps Taken'COVID-19 Vaccines Were Rushed, but'All Steps Taken '
Infectious disease experts counter a common belief that SARS-CoV-2 vaccines are somehow less safe or ineffective because they were developed quickly.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 20, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Pfizer Asks FDA to Approve Storage of Vaccine in Standard Freezers Pfizer Asks FDA to Approve Storage of Vaccine in Standard Freezers
Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking FDA approval that would give vaccination sites an additional storage option.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 19, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Delaying Antibiotics for Pediatric Respiratory Infections Delaying Antibiotics for Pediatric Respiratory Infections
For pediatric patients with respiratory tract infections, immediately prescribing antibiotics may do more harm than good.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 19, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

EHR Vendors Tweak Software to Support Mass Vaccination Efforts EHR Vendors Tweak Software to Support Mass Vaccination Efforts
The specialty software is used for outreach, screening, scheduling, vaccination status, decision support, and reporting to public health authorities.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 18, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Tests Most Sensitive in Men, Middle Aged SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Tests Most Sensitive in Men, Middle Aged
A cohort study reveals optimal timing for antibody testing after a positive PCR SARS-CoV-2 result and compares sensitivity by patient age, sex, and commercial assay.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 18, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

New Steroid Dosing Regimen for Myasthenia Gravis New Steroid Dosing Regimen for Myasthenia Gravis
The use of a new rapid tapering regimen resulted in a lower cumulative dose of prednisone with similar clinical outcomes in a new randomized study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 16, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Opioids Prescribed for Diabetic Neuropathy Pain, Against Advice Opioids Prescribed for Diabetic Neuropathy Pain, Against Advice
Inappropriate first-line opioid use was found in more than 40% of patients, dropping over time but without a concurrent rise in use of recommended chronic pain medications.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 15, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Aged 40+ With Diabetes Should Be COVID-19 Vaccine Priority Aged 40+ With Diabetes Should Be COVID-19 Vaccine Priority
Patients as young as 40 with type 2 diabetes have a markedly increased risk of dying from COVID-19, compared with those without diabetes, making a case for the former to be prioritized for vaccination.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 15, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Google Enters the Fray to Help States Scale Up Vaccination Push Google Enters the Fray to Help States Scale Up Vaccination Push
The company has launched its Intelligent Vaccine Impact software. Google and other tech companies, however, may be missing essential pieces of the puzzle that can be supplied by health information exchanges.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 15, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

State Lawmakers Propose Tough New Bills to Curb Drug Prices State Lawmakers Propose Tough New Bills to Curb Drug Prices
Fed up with a lack of federal action to lower prescription drug costs, state legislators around the country are pushing bills to penalize drugmakers for unjustified price hikes and to cap payment.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 15, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Pharmacist News Source Type: news

NIH, FDA Sought Help From State to Get COVID Vaccines for Staff NIH, FDA Sought Help From State to Get COVID Vaccines for Staff
The NIH and FDA reached out to Maryland state officials to try to secure doses of vaccines for employees considered to be at higher-than-average risk of contracting COVID-19.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 12, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Vedolizumab Is Safer in Older Adults With IBD Vedolizumab Is Safer in Older Adults With IBD
The study was prompted by the fact that older adults are greatly underrepresented in clinical trials of approved inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) medications.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 12, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Prostate Drugs Tied to Lower Risk for Parkinson's Prostate Drugs Tied to Lower Risk for Parkinson's
Men taking terazosin, doxazosin, or alfuzosin for benign prostatic hyperplasia, drugs that enhance glycolysis, had lower risk of incident PD vs tamsulosin, a similar drug that does not affect glycolysis.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 9, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Pfizer Plans to Cut Vaccine Production Time to Make More Doses Pfizer Plans to Cut Vaccine Production Time to Make More Doses
Pfizer expects to cut its COVID-19 vaccine production time by almost 50% as the process becomes more efficient, according to USA Today.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 9, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Study Shows How Easily SARS-CoV-2 Can Spread on a Flight Study Shows How Easily SARS-CoV-2 Can Spread on a Flight
Researchers analyzed genomic data and protective measures after seven travelers tested positive for the virus after a long-haul flight to New Zealand. They had all tested negative before flying.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 8, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

J & J Asks US Regulators to OK Its One-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine J & J Asks US Regulators to OK Its One-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine
Johnson& Johnson asked US regulators Thursday to clear the world's first single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, an easier-to-use option that could boost scarce supplies.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 5, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

States Shift COVID Vaccine From Long-Term Care to General Public States Shift COVID Vaccine From Long-Term Care to General Public
State health officials said that many long-term care facilities received an oversupply that has sat unused.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 5, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Brazil Must Now Contend With Two SARS-CoV-2 Variants Brazil Must Now Contend With Two SARS-CoV-2 Variants
Preliminary research shows that the P.1 variant's prevalence is high in parts of Brazil, just as a second variant is detected, and the overlap is concerning.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 4, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Rollout of COVID Monoclonal Antibodies Lacked Joint Plan: Experts Rollout of COVID Monoclonal Antibodies Lacked Joint Plan: Experts
Not enough thought was given to the administration and reimbursement for the therapies, according to a new expert report.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 4, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Are You Prescribing Monoclonal Antibodies for COVID-19? Are You Prescribing Monoclonal Antibodies for COVID-19?
In November, the FDA approved the use of two monoclonal antibody products to treat mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19. How much do you know about these synthetic proteins?Medscape Reader Polls (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 3, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

J & J Vaccine 85% Efficacious Against Severe COVID Globally J & J Vaccine 85% Efficacious Against Severe COVID Globally
Despite a lower overall efficacy vs the mRNA vaccines, officials point out the Janssen vaccine prevented most severe disease and all hospitalizations and deaths in first Phase 3 results and is 72% efficacious against moderate-to-severe illness in the US.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 29, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

FDA OKs First Injectable Complete Drug Regimen for HIV FDA OKs First Injectable Complete Drug Regimen for HIV
Cabenuva is a once-monthly injectable formulation of cabotegravir and rilpivirine for adults with HIV-1 infection whose condition is currently stable with an antiretroviral regimen.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 28, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: HIV/AIDS News Alert Source Type: news

Plitidepsin Could Treat COVID-19, Preclinical Data Suggest Plitidepsin Could Treat COVID-19, Preclinical Data Suggest
Early evidence for plitidepsin, an antiviral that has been studied for the treatment of multiple myeloma, could be repurposed as a therapy against COVID-19.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 28, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Feds Look to Retrofit Factories to Increase COVID Vaccine Production Feds Look to Retrofit Factories to Increase COVID Vaccine Production
The Biden administration also seeks to improve genomic sequencing efforts to stay a step ahead of emerging variants.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 27, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

FDA Approves Voclosporin for Lupus Nephritis FDA Approves Voclosporin for Lupus Nephritis
Lupkynis is a calcineurin-inhibitor immunosuppressant, and is the first oral medication to show effectiveness in lupus nephritis, according to the company.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 27, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Rheumatology News Alert Source Type: news

CDC Urges Return to In-Person School With Precautions CDC Urges Return to In-Person School With Precautions
On Tuesday, several CDC officials called for schools to reopen for in-person instruction and said that it can be done safely as long as certain precautions are taken.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 27, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

More Than One Third of COVID-19 Infections Are Asymptomatic More Than One Third of COVID-19 Infections Are Asymptomatic
A systematic review of 61 SARS-CoV-2 studies estimates the prevalence of asymptomatic infections.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 26, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

The Changing Brain Signature of HIV The Changing Brain Signature of HIV
Potent anti-HIV therapy has been accompanied by a shift in the profile of HIV-related brain abnormalities beyond the basal ganglia, frequently implicated in the pre-cART era, to limbic structures.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 25, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

British PM Says New Variant May Carry Higher Risk of Death British PM Says New Variant May Carry Higher Risk of Death
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday the new English variant of COVID-19 may be associated with a higher level of mortality although he said evidence showed that both vaccines being used in the country are effective against it.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 22, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

What We Know and Don't Know About Virus Variants and Vaccines What We Know and Don't Know About Virus Variants and Vaccines
Leaders in infectious disease medicine address concerns about SARS-CoV-2 variants emerging in the US and globally, and assess the evidence.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 22, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Biden Signs 10 New Orders to Help Fight COVID-19 Biden Signs 10 New Orders to Help Fight COVID-19
The orders establish a COVID-19 response office and mask requirement in airports, federal buildings. AAFP applauds action, most of which will need legislative approval.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Controversy Flares Over Ivermectin for COVID-19 Controversy Flares Over Ivermectin for COVID-19
The NIH now says it can't recommend for or against the antiparasitic drug to treat COVID-19. Physicians and patients are left to weigh the evidence, with substantial debate.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Convalescent Plasma Reduced COVID-19 Deaths, Study Says Convalescent Plasma Reduced COVID-19 Deaths, Study Says
A new study shows that transfusions from recovered COVID-19 patients that contained high antibody levels reduced the number of deaths among hospitalized patients.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 15, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Feds Plead for Greater Use of Monoclonal Antibodies to Fight COVID Feds Plead for Greater Use of Monoclonal Antibodies to Fight COVID
The US Department of Health and Human Services is supporting three infusion sites but gave no indication it would offer any other assistance.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 15, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

The Next Likely COVID-19 Vaccine Has Its Advantages The Next Likely COVID-19 Vaccine Has Its Advantages
Pending phase 3 results and emergency use approval, the Johnson& Johnson/Janssen vaccine could significantly boost availability of vaccine doses against SARS-CoV-2.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 14, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Arthritis Drugs'Impressive' for Severe COVID but Not'Magic Cure'Arthritis Drugs'Impressive' for Severe COVID but Not'Magic Cure '
US and UK experts weigh in on research that compares monoclonal antibody therapies with usual care for people critically ill with COVID-19.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 14, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Endocrine Society Call for Action to Reduce Insulin Costs in US Endocrine Society Call for Action to Reduce Insulin Costs in US
New position statement is issued in year of 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin, and as a new US presidential administration is set to tackle healthcare.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 14, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Some Independent Docs Finally Get Vaccinated, but Not Patients Some Independent Docs Finally Get Vaccinated, but Not Patients
Private practice doctors and staffs start to catch up on their COVID vaccinations, but PCPs are still not being enlisted to vaccinate patients in many parts of the US, advocates say.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 13, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Vitamins C and E Linked to Reduced Risk for Parkinson's Disease Vitamins C and E Linked to Reduced Risk for Parkinson's Disease
Higher intake of both vitamins had a stronger effect on risk than higher intake of either alone. BMI and coffee consumption also appeared to influence their effect on PD risk.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 12, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news