Lauren Biscaldi is the Managing Editor of Drug Topics.
The Best of the Best: 2021 Pharmacy Award Winners
Four winners of the SingleCare Best of the Best Pharmacy Awards joined Drug Topics® to share their knowledge with fellow pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
This Week in COVID-19: As Omicron Spreads, A Return to Mask Mandates
COVID-19 updates and news to know as of December 16, 2021.
Best of the Best: Tony Nguyen, RPh, on Why He Goes Above and Beyond
Nguyen joined Drug Topics® to discuss his most memorable customers and share why he always goes above and beyond.
Best of the Best: Sidrah Alam on Her Road to Pharmacy School
Alam joined Drug Topics® to discuss her time as a student pharmacist.
Year in Review: 2021 Top News from Drug Topics®
Take a look back at the top 15 articles published on Drug Topics® this year.
Best of the Best: Jennifer Bourgeois, PharmD, on Her Journey in Community Pharmacy
Bourgeois joined Drug Topics® to discuss her career, her journey, and her nonprofit.
COVID-19 Infection, Vaccination Outcomes in Explored at ASH Annual Meeting
A number of studies evaluated how COVID-19 infection and vaccination impact patients living with blood cancers and other blood disorders.
2021 Pharmacy Salary Survey Results: Stress and Workload Continue to Increase
Each autumn, Drug Topics® surveys its readers from across the country to take the pulse of the pharmacy profession before heading into the new year. This year, 1123 respondents were more eager than perhaps ever before to share their feelings on
important workplace issues.
Vaccine and Pain Management Updates from ACR Convergence 2021
Highlights included updates on COVID-19 vaccine tolerance in individuals
with rheumatic diseases, the latest data on medical cannabis use in
fibromyalgia, and more.
Breaking: FDA Amends Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine EUA to Allow Booster Doses for Adolescents
Individuals aged 16 or 17 years may now receive a single booster dose at least 6 months after completion of their primary vaccination series.
COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters: The Latest Updates
Questions continue to swirl around eligibility for these shots.
Pandemic Decreases Average Number of Weekly Insulin Prescription Fills
Prescription fills decreased most significantly in a subgroup of adults.
Pharmacist Prescribed Contraceptive Access Program Successful
Patients in California were able to receive a contraceptive prescription during a visit with a pharmacist.
Evaluating Analgesic Use During COVID-19
Mean days of therapy per 1000 patient-days were reduced across medication categories.
This Week in COVID-19: Travel Ban Updates, Omicron Uncertainty, and New Vaccine Mandates
COVID-19 updates and news to know as of December 6, 2021.
Omicron Variant: Moderna Announces Updates to SARS-CoV-2 Strategy for Variants of Concern
The Omicron variant was first identified in South Africa on November 24, 2021.
Breaking: FDA Amends EUA to Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Eligibility
The EUA amendment was granted for both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
COVID-19: Pfizer Seeks EUA For Novel Oral Antiviral Candidate
The EUA submission includes data from the company’s interim analysis of the Phase 2/3 EPIC-HR clinical trial.
COVID-19: Positive Interim Results for Moderna’s KidCOVE Study in Children Ages 6 to 11
The company plans to submit these results to the FDA and EMA for review.
Medication Beliefs, Adherence Rates in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Differ by Race
Non-White patients were more likely to express beliefs that medications are both harmful and overused, leading to a decrease in medication adherence.
Influenza Vaccine Coverage Low in RA, But Key in Preventing Severe Disease
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis should be encouraged to receive their yearly flu vaccine.
New York, California Enact Legislation Expanding Vaccine Authority for Pharmacists
Pharmacists in 2 states are now empowered to administer FDA approved, CDC recommended vaccines.
Pharmacist-Led Intervention Aids in Successful Approach to Opioid Tapering
Pharmacists are a key part of the multidisciplinary approach that health care providers should take when tapering patients off opioid therapy.
In Rheumatoid Arthritis, Resistance to Changing Medications Has Decreased Over Time
Fewer patients today are likely to express an unwillingness to change their RA medications compared with patients 15 years ago, survey results showed.
COVID-19 Vaccine Generally Safe, Well-Tolerated in Rheumatic, Musculoskeletal Diseases
The vaccine’s safety, tolerability, and efficacy was discussed across multiple abstracts presented at ACR Convergence 2021.
Third Dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Confers Increased Protection in Elderly Adults
Following a booster shot, immunoglobulin G titers increased significantly in a study population aged 60 years and older.
Breaking: In Unanimous Vote, ACIP Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5 to 11
The next step in the approval process is the formal acceptance of the recommendation by CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH.
Merck, Ridgeback Announce EUA Submission for Investigational Oral Antiviral Molnupiravir for COVID-19
Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics have announced their submission of an EUA application to the FDA for an oral antiviral medication for the treatment of COVID-19.
UAMS Team Wins 2021 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition
Winners were announced during the NCPA Annual 2021 Convention.
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