December 15, 2021

Here Are Key Factors Influencing Who Gets Influenza Vaccines Annually

The bad news is that a lot of factors can affect the decision to refuse annual influenza vaccination. The good news, however, is that pharmacists are well-positioned to deal with those concerns, according to a presentation at the recent meeting of a major pharmacy group. Find out what issues are most likely to affect the uptake of the vaccine.


Dupilumab Shows Benefits for Younger Children With Uncontrolled Asthma

Another weapon is now in the prescription drug arsenal to help younger children with uncontrolled asthma. A new study shows significant benefits for treating children aged 6 to 11 years with dupilumab, which was recently approved for that group by the FDA. Here is more information.

Which, if Any, Cancer Patients Get Good Protection From COVID-19 Vaccines?

COVID-19 vaccines appear to work well for most cancer patients, according to a new study. Pharmacists should be aware, however, that is less the case for some immunosuppressed subgroups. Find out why authors advises that those patients might remain at risk for COVID-19 despite vaccination, and consideration should be given to additional risk-reduction strategies.


Nitrazepam, Antidepressants Linked to Postsurgical Delirium in Older Patients

Based on a new study, counseling might be advisable for older patients planning to undergo surgery if they are using certain anxiety and insomnia drugs. That is especially the case with nitrazepam and antidepressants. Australian researchers suggest that delirium was twice as likely after hip and knee surgery for those patients. Here are more details.

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