The Weekly Roundup: Supply Chain Challenges (2.16.18)

February 16, 2018 | Pamela Youngberg Dickson

It’s safe to say that we are all in agreement: this flu season has been wretched. The supply chain for certain drugs, saline solution, and other supplies has been tight across the country following a trifecta of nasty hurricanes. Since early November, the FDA has been actively updating healthcare providers with guidance for managing the acute shortage of such products, including some specific to pharmacies.

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The Weekly Roundup: Flu Season (2.9.18)

February 09, 2018 | Pamela Youngberg Dickson

The 2017–2018 flu season has been notably challenging with outbreaks still not at their peak and increased hospitalization rates up to 60 per 100,000 people in the United States. The CDC reported outpatient visits for flu-like illness as being significantly higher than the national baseline. In fact, it’s being touted as the worst season since the swine flu pandemic nearly a decade ago in 2009. Influenza A subtype H3N2 has dominated recent reports, impacting especially older adults.

In January, New York governor Andrew Cuomo declared a public health emergency and  signed an executive order enabling pharmacists to immunize children between the ages of two and 16...

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