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Strong immune memory lasted in all age groups tested after receiving the Moderna vaccine, including individuals over 70 years of age who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. A low dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna elicits immunity for at least 6 months, according to researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology. Notably, the researchers also found no indications that vaccinated...

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The recommendation is not binding. A decision about boosters from the FDA is expected this week.   Expert advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously Friday to recommend that the agency authorize a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine six months after vaccination for people 65 years and older and for anyone at risk for severe illness. T...

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Others think it’s a major tool to bring down drug costs BY: MARTY SCHLADEN - AUGUST 20, 2021 12:40 AM        Prescription drugs sit on a pharmacist’s counter. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images. An industry group representing powerful drug middlemen has gone to court to stop a federal rule intended to bring transparen...

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday amended the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for both the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for the use of an additional dose in certain immunocompromised individuals, specifically, solid organ transplant recipients or those who are diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent...

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The COVID-19 pandemic caused PBMs to shift last year from in-person audits of pharmacies to virtual ones, adding significantly to pharmacists' workloads. Data from PAAS National, a pharmacy audit assistance service, showed the number of pharmacy audits in 2020 dropped almost 14% from the previous year. However, the overall number of prescriptions reviewed increased 40% — meaning that pha...

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