Coronavirus News Roundup: All Pharmacists Cleared to Administer Childhood Vaccines, Operation Warp Speed on Track for Vaccine

August 21, 2020

Here's this week's coronavirus-related news that you should know.

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has infected an estimated 22,726,945 individuals worldwide, and approximately 5.6 million Americans. The latest COVID-19 related news includes new challenges being presented for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) management, specialty and pediatric drug prices expected to rise in cost, and Operation Warp Speed cautiously expecting to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine by early 2021.

Here’s a roundup of the latest coronavirus-related news:

Coming out of COVID: 5 Objectives for Boosting Rx Business and Cash Clinical Services

Coming out of the sudden, severe lockdowns from COVID-19, pharmacies are adjusting to a new way of serving patients and providing services. To build some positive momentum, here are 5 ways that current pharmacy owners are adapting their businesses to serve people.

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Pandemic Presents Unique Challenges for ADHD Management

Caregivers of children with ADHD can choose from an increasing number of treatments that can be customized.

ADHD treatment options for children continue to evolve. This year, however, caregivers may face a new challenge: finding the best treatment strategy for their child during a pandemic.

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Report: Specialty, Pediatric Drug Prices Projected to Rise Amid Pandemic

Oncology medical and infusion services have declined since the start of COVID-19.

Analysis and advisory firm Vizient projects a 4.47% inflation rate for specialty drugs, coupled with an ongoing surge in demand for specialty pharmaceuticals during the novel COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report.

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Operation Warp Speed On Track for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution by January 2021, Officials Say

Two senior administration officials from Operation Warp Speed offered the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccine development.

Senior administration officials with the US government’s Operation Warp Speed expressed cautious optimism that a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine will be ready to distribute by January 2021, according to a recent briefing.

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Walgreens Now Providing Flu Vaccinations at All Pharmacy Locations

Walgreens has announced its commitment to getting ahead of an early and condensed flu season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Walgreens announced today that nearly all of its 9100 pharmacies are now offering flu vaccinations on a daily basis with pandemic safety measures in place.

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All Pharmacists Now Authorized to Administer Childhood Vaccines

Pharmacy organizations are claiming victory after the Department of Health and Human Services today authorized all state-licensed pharmacists to order and administer childhood vaccinations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Investigators Find COVID-19 Connection in Vasculitis

A Kawasaki-like inflammatory disease has affected children who have coronavirus disease 2019.

The term vasculitis refers to a rare and complex family of diseases that can cause inflammation of the aorta and other arteries, veins, and blood vessels. Vasculitis manifests in many forms, involving different parts of the body and presenting with a diverse range of severity and duration.

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