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The Biden administration's fall push for coronavirus boosters will get underway in September, weeks earlier than initially planned, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced on July 29. The strategy is being built around the introduction of reformulated doses, which Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech have vowed to have ready for distribution by then. Scientists hope the bivalent dose...

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New federal guidance on their obligations when it comes to dispensing reproductive health medications drugs puts pharmacists in a more precarious position instead of clarifying the issue—which was the stated intent of the Biden Administration—according to key pharmacy groups. The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) asserted that pharmacists who are trying to ...

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A group of 207 organizations strongly support the Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transparency Act (S. 4293) and urge Sens. Chuck Schumer (D, N.Y.) and Mitch McConnell (R, Ky.) to quickly bring it for a vote in the full Senate. The bill was introduced by Sens. Maria Cantwell (D, Wash.) and Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa) in May and passed the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation i...

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With a pledge from COVID-19 vaccine makers to have reformulated doses ready for rollout by September, the Biden administration is pausing plans to widen availability of second boosters until then. Only Americans aged 50 years and older or those aged 12 and older with compromised immune systems currently qualify for a second booster dose. Officials were contemplating offering the doses to additiona...

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U.S. adults seeking primary protection against coronavirus now have a fourth option, after Ceners for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, endorsed the Novavax vaccine on the advice of expert advisers. The Maryland-based manufacturer told CDC that slightly more than 1 million doses of its vaccine have been administered on a global basis as of June 30. The tally is...

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