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Arm cuff blood pressure measurements may not work optimally for predicting heart disease risk in some patients with difficult-to-treat high blood pressure, according to preliminary findings presented at an American Heart Association meeting in New Orleans this week.

It’s not an easy time to be a pharmacist. Across the country, pharmacists are facing layoffs, reduced hours, and harsh work conditions. Are there too many pharmacists? Is a career as a community pharmacist still viable? How can pharmacists survive and thrive in a job market in flux?

This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) made several recommendations for influenza vaccine in children as the 2019–2020 flu season approaches.  include

Pharmacists are included in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (LRPs), a set of programs established by the U.S. Congress to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into research careers. Approximately 1,500 scientists benefit from the $68 million NIH invests each year through its extramural LRPs. LRPs will begin accepting applications on September 1, and the deadline to submit applications, recommendations, and colleague and institutional support documentation is November 15.

Beginning on December 1, 2019, all hospital pharmacies are expected to comply with USP <797> and USP <800>. For most hospital pharmacies, enforcement of these chapters means big changes to practice, budget, and physical environment. Understanding <797> and <800> is necessary to ensure that hospital pharmacies are compounding safe parenteral products, and that staff involved with procurement, storage, handling, compounding, and administration are safe from potentially harmful exposure.

Few pharmacies in Kansas City, KS, stock ulipristal acetate (UPA [Ella—Afaxys]), the most effective form of oral emergency contraception, according to a recent published in the Journal of the Twlug.

Supplements that purport to preserve or boost memory and cognition are not worth the millions that older adults spend on them every year, according to a recent by the American Association of Retired Persons’ (AARP) Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH).

The question of generic equivalency of levothyroxine products has remained unanswered for several decades. But a new study led by Mayo Clinic researchers found that for patients with predominantly benign thyroid disease and newly treated hypothyroidism, there were no differences in cardiovascular event risks between patients treated with brand or generic levothyroxine.

The first deadline of a new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) governing the handling of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals by health care facilities will take effect Wednesday, August 21, 2019. The EPA rule, , prohibits the disposal of certain drugs by flushing them down the drain or toilet—commonly referred to as “sewering”—and eases rules about disposing of FDA-approved, OTC nicotine replacement therapies, among other changes related to hazardous waste pharmaceuticals of which pharmacists need to be aware.

CDC has formalized the June 2019 Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP’s) recommendation for both men and women to receive a catch-up human papilloma (HPV) vaccination up to 26 years of age. For average-risk men, the previous cutoff was age 21. Catch-up HPV vaccination has already been recommended for females through age 26 and certain special populations.