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The outlook for a better COVID-19 vaccine — one that can defend against new mutations — is improving, with early findings showing that Moderna's reformulated product provides more robust protection than the original. Study results that have yet to be peer-reviewed suggest the bivalent vaccine candidate, which couples the company's existing vaccine with one designed to combat th...

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Highly contagious subvariants of the Omicron strain of coronavirus have arrived in central New York, putting the state and the rest of the country on alert for a potential setback in the COVID-19 pandemic. The new versions, BA.2.12 and BA.2.12.1, reportedly are spreading as much as 27% faster than the original Omicron variant. While the subvariants do not appear to be linked to worse disease sever...

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Burnout, staffing shortages, medication errors: How can Michigan pharmacy address these and other core issues affecting pharmacy practice?   This report addresses key causes and conditions of workplace issues in Michigan pharmacy, including burnout, staffing shortages and medication errors, while providing a framework for moving forward with a list of 10 key recommendations to help impr...

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Both FDA and CDC have given the nod for Americans aged 50 years and up to receive a second booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech. Older adults should wait at least four months after receiving an initial booster before getting a fourth dose, and the brand of vaccine they received earlier is not a factor. The extra layer of protection is "especially important for ...

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In mid-February 2022, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed several pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) reforms into law, including bills that prohibit discrimination against pharmacies that PBMs do not have a relationship with solely because of that lack of relationship. Licensure House Bill 4348 requires PBMs to have licenses and file transparency reports with state officials to p...

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