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Review finds too few innovative drugs in antibiotic development pipeline

A review in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy found that the antibiotic development pipeline has comparatively few clinically differentiated products in late-stage clinical development, particularly against critical, multidrug-resistant pathogens.

Most patients see pharmacists as crucial part of their health care team

Nearly 80% of patients said they see pharmacists as an integral part of their health care team, according to a new survey from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

FDA warns of dental problems associated with certain buprenorphine medications

FDA is drawing attention to dental problems linked to buprenorphine-containing medications that are dissolved under the tongue or placed against the inside of the cheek to treat opioid use disorder and pain.

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.

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