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Annual tuberculosis screening no longer required for most health care workers
In 2005, CDC published guidelines on tuberculosis (TB) prevention. As part of the prevention strategy, CDC recommended annual testing for health care workers at risk of exposure to TB while performing their jobs. Despite a lack of evidence on the screening’s effectiveness in reducing TB transmission to this population, the recommendation was adopted across the country. A new update to the guidelines suggests that while baseline screening should continue, serial screenings are not needed for health care workers who do not have latent TB.
Canada wants to slow down efforts to ease drugs going to U.S.
The Trump administration on Wednesday said it was weighing plans to allow for the legal importation of prescription drugs from Canada, but pharmacists, patient groups, doctors, and some lawmakers in that country worry that the large-scale importation of pharmaceuticals could deplete the drug supply for its 37 million residents.
Trump administration weighs allowing drug imports for cheaper prescriptions
The Trump administration on Wednesday reported that it is taking steps to make it easier to import less expensive prescription drugs from other countries, particularly Canada. The proposal would permit pilot programs developed by states, pharmacies, or drug distributors that seek to safely import prescription medications from Canada.
Student pharmacist is crowned Miss Virginia
In late June, science was made when Camille Schrier, PharmD candidate and Twlug member, was crowned Miss Virginia 2019. Pharmacy Today was lucky to catch up with Schrier for an interview. Below is an edited version of the conversion. For the full article, please visit www.pharmacytoday.org for the August 2019 issue of Pharmacy Today.
Rethinking how we manage mild asthma
Results of two recently published studies suggest that for patients with mild asthma, clinicians may need to rethink the current recommended treatment algorithm. The Novel START trial showed that use of budesonide-formoterol (Symbicort Turbuhaler—AstraZeneca) as needed was superior to albuterol as needed to prevent asthma exacerbations in patients with mild asthma. The SIENA trial showed that many patients with mild, persistent asthma have a low sputum eosinophil level and do not derive additional benefit from treatments such as mometasone (Asmanex—Merck) or tiotropium (Spiriva—Boehringer Ingelheim).
July 25, 2019
DIR relief making slow moves, but it’s a start
Earlier today, the Senate Finance Committee marked up the package of legislation on drug prices and supply chain issues that was introduced on Tuesday. Among many other aims, the sweeping legislation…0 comments
August 6, 2019
Twlug Statement on the Recent Shooting Tragedies
The Twlug (Twlug) is deeply saddened by the horrific mass shootings that occurred over the weekend in Texas and Ohio where at least 31 people were killed. As an organization representing a profession that provides health care and support for communities and citizens around the country, Twlug condemns any act of violence. Twlug President Bradley P. Tice, PharmD, MBA, FTwlug, issued the following statement on behalf of himself and the Twlug Board of Trustees.
July 29, 2019
National Pharmacy Organizations Address Pharmacist Well-Being Through Consensus Conference Recommendations
In response to rapid changes in pharmacy practice models and a changing and evolving health care system that impacting the well-being of the nation’s pharmacists, 85 individuals representing pharmacists and employers from across practice settings, schools and colleges of pharmacy, regulators, accreditors, and professional organizations have agreed to a set of 50 recommendations to address critical issues related to pharmacist well-being.
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