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Amazon plans to use its artificial intelligence assistant Alexa to track consumers' prescriptions and relay personal health information, reporting that the device can now transfer sensitive, personal health information using software that meets health privacy requirements under federal law.

For the first time since FDA discovered a nitrosamine impurity in angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) last summer, the agency said Thursday it has identified 40 ARBs that do not contain any known nitrosamine impurities. This number is expected to increase.

FDA officials reported Wednesday that some people who use e-cigarettes, particularly youth and young adults, have experienced seizures following their use.

Express Scripts said Wednesday it will immediately begin offering employers, labor unions, and other clients the option to cap at $25 a month the copayments and other out-of-pocket costs that diabetics must pay to fill their insulin prescriptions.

Treatment of hypertension to systolic blood pressure (SBP) levels of less than 120 mm Hg did not result in a lower incidence of dementia, but did significantly reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment compared with less-intensive BP control to SBP levels of less than 140 mm Hg, according to new data from the SPRINT MIND trial published in JAMA.

On Monday, March 25, APhA delegates met at Washington State Convention Center in Seattle for the final session of the APhA House of Delegates (HOD) during the 2019 APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition. The  delegates deliberated and voted on remaining proposed policy from the APhA Policy Reference Committee on consolidation within health care, and new business items related to gluten content in medications, unit-of-use packaging, pharmacy technician scope, and working with patients with special needs, but it was pharmacy staff safety and well-being, as well as recognition of pharmacists as practitioners and within collaborative practice that took center stage.

There have been 387 confirmed cases of measles in the United States so far this year, a figure that is higher than the full-year total for 2018 and the second-highest total since measles was declared eliminated in this country in 2000, CDC said Monday.

FDA on Friday approved cladribine (Mavenclad—EMD Serono) tablets for the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) in adults, including relapsing-remitting disease and active secondary progressive disease. The drug is not recommended for MS patients with clinically isolated syndrome.

Fentanyl-related overdose deaths in the United States have increased by more than 1,000% from 2011 through 2016, according to a startling new CDC report.

In the past, aspirin was viewed almost as a wonder drug for preventing a plethora of diseases, cancers, and cardiac and neurological events. But in recent years, numerous studies have called into question the utility of aspirin for primary prevention.