May 19, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccinations Begin for Younger Age Group After EUA Expansion

With emergency-use authorization (EUA) for one COVID-19 vaccine expanded to those as young as age 12 years, most pharmacies are likely to see an influx of teenagers seeking shots. FDA officials caution, however, that pharmacists should double-check state policies on adolescent vaccines before proceeding, because those can vary greatly. Here is more information.  


Insomnia Medications Don’t Appear to Have Much Effect in Middle-Aged Women

Despite use of insomnia medications by about 9 million adults in the United States, they don’t appear to offer much benefit, at least in some cohorts, according to a new study. Find out why researchers are urging that the effectiveness of long-term sleep medication use should be re-examined.

Final Word? Large Study Finds No Link Between NSAIDs, More Severe

At the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, rumors were rampant that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) were leading to more severe cases of COVID-19 and higher mortality rates. Some groups even issued cautions about using the common painkillers. A large new study tries to put an end to the controversy, finding absolutely no link between NSAIDs use and worse outcomes.


Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics and Tendon Rupture: When It Is and Isn’t a Concern

The link between fluoroquinolone antibiotic use and increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture might not be as clear as previously thought, according to new research. And that’s despite the black box warning the FDA required for the drugs more than 12 years ago. Here are more details on two new studies and their findings. 

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