News Roundup: Routine Pediatric Vaccinations Lag Amid Pandemic, FDA Approves Steroid-Free Antihistamine Allergy Nasal Spray

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

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

Blood-Brain Barrier Crossing Antihypertensives Linked to Less Memory Decline

Blood-brain barrier crossing medicines have shown memory benefits in elderly patients, according to a new analysis.

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FDA OKs OTC Use of Steroid-Free Antihistamine Allergy Nasal Spray

The FDA has approved OTC azelastine HCl .15% (Astepro Allergy; Bayer).

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Routine Pediatric Vaccinations Continue to Lag Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

There was a marked decline in child and adolescent routine vaccine administration during the COVID-19 pandemic between March and September 2020; these vaccination rates have continued to lag behind.

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New Data Show Combination Antibody Treatment Reduces Risk of Death in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients

The RECOVERY study demonstrated that an antibody combination therapy (REGEN-COV; Regeneron) improved survival in hospitalized patients, a first for COVID-19 antibody treatments.

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FDA Approves Oral Blood Thinner For Children

The FDA approved Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate) to treat venous thromboembolism in children aged 3 months to less than 12 years.

Read more on Contemporary Pediatrics

Half of Latinx, Black Medicare Beneficiaries Choose Medicare Advantage

Fifty-three percent of Latinx and 49% of Black Medicare beneficiaries choose enrollment in Medicare Advantage; seeing average annual savings of $1,113 and $1,270, respectively, compared to Traditional Medicare.

Read more on Managed Healthcare Executive