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ISMP updates COVID-19 vaccine errors

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) continues to track the errors that have been reported from the currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines.

CDC recommends pregnant women get COVID-19 vaccine

Pregnant women should get the COVID-19 vaccine, said CDC. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, noted at a White House briefing that vaccination surveillance systems found “no safety concerns” for more than 35,000 women in their third trimester or for their babies.

FDA revokes bamlanivimab authorization

FDA said on April 16 that it is revoking the emergency use authorization (EUA) for bamlanivimab—when administered alone—to be used for treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and certain pediatric patients. 

CDC: Overdose deaths surged during pandemic

More than 87,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in the 12-month period that ended in September 2020, according to preliminary CDC data, which indicate that the U.S. drug overdose mortality rate increased last year.

How to talk to patients about the J&J vaccine

Patients will be coming to pharmacists with questions and concerns as the recommendation to suspend use of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson, J&J) vaccine remains in place.

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