Weekly Rx Roundup for 6-19-23

Your weekly independent pharmacy news update

AAP Member Featured in Drug Topics Podcast

AAP Member Greg Mitchell sat down with Drug Topics to discuss the importance of being connected to your community when running a rural pharmacy. You can listen to the entire podcast here.

FDA Committee Recommends Development of Monovalent, XBB-Containing Vaccines for the Fall

The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) has unanimously recommended that COVID-19 vaccines being developed for this fall should only include protection against the XBB variant.

Trial results showed that among 101 participants who had previously received 4 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, an XBB-containing vaccine was more effective against the currently circulating XBB variants. Read more.

ACA preventive care mandate maintained, for now

A federal appeals court maintained a freeze on a ruling that struck down the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that employers and insurers fully cover preventive health services while a legal challenge to the rule continues to wind through the courts.

The decision from the New Orleans-based U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeal means that over 150 million people’s health care coverage for certain cancer screenings, behavioral counseling and HIV prevention by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force will remain in place for the time being.

Biden names Mandy Cohen — former North Carolina health secretary — to lead CDC

President Biden named Dr. Mandy Cohen as the next leader of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Cohen served in top positions in state and federal government and in the private sector. She served as health secretary in North Carolina, where she worked on expanding access to health care for low-income residents and became the face of the state’s COVID-19 response during the public health emergency. Read more.

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