May 5, 2021

Based on Study, CDC Recommends COVID-19 Vaccination for Pregnant Women

Pharmacists now can give a definitive answer to questions about whether expectant mothers should be vaccinated against COVID-19. The CDC now recommends vaccination for pregnant women based on preliminary results from a study conducted by agency researchers. The study found no safety concerns for the mothers or their babies. Here is more information.


COVID-19, Other Factors Contribute to Changes in Prescription-Drug Spending

The COVID-19 pandemic skewed statistics on prescription spending, making it more difficult to see longer term trends. Find out why the report from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists suggests that an increase in use of biosimilars, many new cancer medications, and increased approvals of specialty medications are so important for the future.

Delayed Antibiotic Prescribing Usually Safe, Effective for Respiratory Symptoms

When it comes to antibiotics for respiratory ailments, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. A new analysis from UK researchers discusses delayed antibiotic prescribing as a viable alternative. Their review found it to be safe in most cases for patients to agree not to fill a prescriptions immediately but to wait and see if their symptoms resolve. Here are more details. 


AHA Recommends Medication for Slightly Elevated BP if Lifestyle Changes Fail

A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) could affect 10% of patients diagnosed with some level of hypertension. Find out why the AHA is recommending that those with stage 1 high blood pressure (BP)—130-139/80-89 mm Hg—should begin receiving medication if lifestyle changes don’t bring their levels down.

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