News Roundup: FDA OKs New Pneumococcal Vaccine, Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine 90% Effective

Here’s a roundup of the latest news coverage from Drug Topics®.

Don’t waste time digging through articles to find the most up-to-date and important news. Drug Topics® has you covered with our weekly news roundup of the latest pharmacy-related news you should know before the weekend begins.

Here’s a roundup of the latest news coverage from Drug Topics®.

Keep Up With Policy Changes Affecting Independent Pharmacy

This special Over the Counter episode, brought to you by Total Pharmacy® and Omega Pharmacy Group, dives into how to navigate the business of independent pharmacy and get ahead of key policy changes.

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Pharmacists’ Public Health Role Grows as Birth Control Prescribing Authority Expands

From our June 2021 issue: An increasing number of pharmacists are now prescribing birth control, further expanding their role as public health service providers.

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FDA Approves Pneumococcal 20-Valent Conjugate Vaccine for Adults

The vaccine is indicated to prevent invasive disease and pneumonia caused by 20 Streptococcus pneumoniae serotypes.

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Moderna Files for EUA for Use of COVID-19 Vaccine in Adolescents

Moderna has filed for FDA emergency use authorization for use of its COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents aged 12 through 17.

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Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Demonstrates 90% Overall Efficacy

Novavax’s recombinant nanoparticle protein-based COVID-19 vaccine showed an overall efficacy of 90.4% and 100% efficacy against moderate and severe disease.

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FDA Approves Oral Pellet Formulation of Epclusa®

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved expanded pediatric indication for Epclusa® (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir) to treat chronic hepatitis C virus.

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Plant-Based and Pescatarian Diets Lower Odds of COVID-19 Infection

A plant-based or pescatarian diet—which includes fish and seafood—significantly reduces the odds of developing moderate-to-severe COVID-19, according to new research in BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health.

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US Supreme Court Upholds the ACA

The nation's highest court has upheld the ACA three times.

Read more on Managed Healthcare Executive