November 11, 2020

Challenges, Opportunities for Community Pharmacies With COVID-19 Outbreak

Independent pharmacies have struggled for years to survive, and the COVID-19 pandemic has both helped and hurt them. That’s according to the 2020 NCPA Digest, which offers a snapshot of the state of community pharmacy. Here is more information. 


Hydroxychloroquine Prescriptions Shot up in March, April
Before Decline

What happened with hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine this past spring could be a cautionary tale about hyping drugs’ potential before clinical trials provide any evidence. In a recent report, CDC researchers track the dramatic increases in prescriptions by nontraditional specialties—as much as an 80-fold increase—and then the drop toward normal levels after data came out with less-than-promising results. Here is more information. 

Some Hormone Replacement Types Likelier to increase Breast Cancer Risk

One of the concerns about use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in women is the increased risk of developing breast cancer. Find out what a new study says about HRT products more likely to increase the risk, and the effect of long duration of therapy. The study generally predicts less danger than other recent studies. 


Despite H1N1 Hype, Influenza Strains Actually Don’t Differ Much
in Severity

Although the A/H1N1 pandemic hit the world hard in 2009-2010, in general, influenza strains don’t differ that much in severity. So says a new military study that reveals few differences between influenza A(H1N1), influenza A(H3N2), and influenza B infection with regard to self-reported disease severity or clinical outcomes. Here are more details. 

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