July 21, 2022

Vaccine Boosters Can Help Blood Cancer Patients Produce COVID-19 Antibodiesan

Pharmacists should advise blood cancer patients that initial COVID-19 vaccines are just the first step for their protection. A new study points out that fewer than half develop detectable antibodies after the first shots. After a booster dose, however, a majority of those who remained unprotected mounted an antibody defense. Here is more information.


Cancer Patients Need Cardio Evaluation Before Receiving ICIs

Cardiovascular events during and after treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors are more common than generally recognized, according to a new study. Find out how great that risk can be and why the authors strongly urge that patients have a cardiovascular
evaluation before ICI therapy is initiated.

Females More Likely Than Males to Have "Long COVID"

Long COVID appears to present very differently in men as opposed to women, who are much more likely to have it. Additionally, females often have different symptoms than males, according to a new study. Find out what symptoms are more likely in males versus females, and why the authors are calling for more sex-disaggregated research to better understand the condition.


Patients Still Facing High Costs for Epinephrine Autoinjectors

Most pharmacists remember the uproar about 6 years ago when the prices of epinephrine autoinjectors rose rapidly. That issue has largely been resolved with less expensive alternatives to the EpiPen on the market, according to a new study. The authors pointed out, however, that some severely allergic patients, especially children, are still forced to pay hundreds of dollars for the device. Read more.

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