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Sandra Leal Amplifying Our Voices

Sandra Leal, APhA President, 2021–2022 shared words of gratitude as well as the importance and value of advocacy in her #APhA2022 Presidential Speech, “Amplifying Our Voice.”

Polypharmacy, certain medication classes seem to worsen COVID-19 outcomes

Pharmacists are well aware that polypharmacy is a major issue among patients, especially older adults. Recent studies have estimated that approximately 36% of older adults take at least 5 prescription medications, and 67% take 5 or more medications or supplements, including OTCs.

ISMP issues warning about possible safety issues with newly authorized antiviral

To encourage the appropriate use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 antiviral drug nirmatrelvir/ritonavir (Paxlovid), the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) released an alert for dispensing pharmacists.

New HIV PrEP guidelines call for clinicians to talk with patients about prevention meds

CDC now advises all clinicians to talk to their patients who are sexually active, including adolescents, about HIV preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) at least once and to prescribe the prevention medication to anyone who requests them.

Autism prevalence higher in CDC’s monitoring network

New data from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) network show that 2.3% of children aged 8 years in 11 communities across the United States had an autism diagnosis in 2018.

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