Skin cancer is on the rise, especially in Arizona, Colorado, and on the eastern seaboard. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and it is a great time to increase conversations about sun protection—even in our Sterling pharmacies in Minnesota, where theoretically the last of the snow has come and gone (fingers crossed). Pharmacists have played a historic role in prevention and continue to do so today. These products are among those that your patients are reading about in the consumer press. Here are some tips for making sun protection recommendations in advance of Memorial Day Weekend. Consider sharing stories like this across your social feeds to raise awareness of the condition. Or, feel free to download or share this free resource to supplement your patient education.
This week, Merck announced it was responding to an uptick in demand for the measles vaccine during the largest outbreak in a quarter century. From January to April 26 this year, the CDC reports 704 cases have been confirmed in 22 states. Offshore, a cruise ship has been quarantined after a confirmed case of measles was reported, with broad exposure among passengers feared. A 2015 New York bill to drop religious exemptions for vaccinations is stalled despite the area being one of the heaviest hit by the outbreak.