February 17, 2021

Challenges Persist in Getting Patients to the Pharmacy for COVID-19 Vaccines

One of the nation’s largest drugstore chains has found a solution to a problem that plagues all pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccines: how to get those most vulnerable to severe cases of novel coronavirus to where vaccines are being administered. Find out what Walgreens is doing. 


Group A Streptococcus Linked to Worsening Hyperactivity, Not Tics, in Children

The good news is that strep throat does not appear to make Tourette syndrome and other chronic tic disorders worse in children and teens. The bad news, however, is that exposure to group A streptococcus could be linked to worse hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Here is more information. 

Fit Matters With Face Masks to Protect Against COVID-19 Transmission

The high percentage of face-mask wearers with their noses hanging out proves that lack of understanding about how to best use the protection is widespread. Pharmacists trying to improve education will be interested in a new CDC study recommending the best—and safest—way to mask up. Here are more details. 


PPI Use Linked to Increased Asthma Risk in Children

As pharmacists can testify, more and more proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) prescriptions are being written for children. A new study raises an alarm, however, about the link between use of the heartburn/acid reflux medication and asthma in pediatric patients. Find out how much that risk increased in children using PPIs compared to those who did not. 

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