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Partnering with APhA and the National Council of Behavioral Health (NCBH), Walgreens has launched a training program for pharmacists to learn how to better identify warning signs of mental health and substance use problems in their patients and help them during crisis situations.

Is combination nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or single form the best way to approach quitting smoking? What about dose and duration? Researchers set out to answers these questions and more to better understand the most effective methods to help patients quit smoking. They published their findings in Cochrane Review.

In a new commentary published in the New England Journal of Medicine on April 24, 2019, authors of the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain cautioned against policies and practices that misinterpret and misapply its recommendations.

Federal health officials reported Monday that cases of measles in the United States have topped 700 this year, and they urged parents to get their children vaccinated against the highly infectious disease. According to CDC, 503 of the 704 measles cases reported as of April 26 were in individuals who had not been vaccinated.

In February, FDA issued a new boxed warning—its most prominent warning—for the gout medication febuxostat (Uloric—Takeda), stating that patients who take the drug could be at an increased risk of death, especially death from heart-related issues. Health professionals can also expect a new Medication Guide for patients taking febuxostat.

FDA on Friday approved belimumab (Benlysta—GlaxoSmithKline) I.V. infusion for the treatment of children with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Belimumab has been approved for use in adult patients since 2011; however, this is the first time FDA has approved a treatment for pediatric patients with SLE.

FDA has unveiled a new initiative to help Americans better understand the role they play in removing and properly disposing of unused prescription opioids from their homes The "Remove the Risk" campaign focuses on women aged 35–64 years, who are most likely to be in charge of household health care decisions and often serve as the gatekeepers

U.S. health officials have recorded 695 cases of measles in 22 states, CDC reported Wednesday. This is the highest number of cases reported in the country since the disease was eradicated from the United States.

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged Rochester Drug Cooperative (RDC) as a corporate entity with conspiring to distribute drugs, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and failing to file suspicious order reports. To settle the civil and criminal charges brought by the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office, RDC has agreed to pay a $20 million fine.

Pharmacy closures have a significant impact on adherence to essential heart medications among older U.S. adults, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open on April 19.