4 of the Top Stories in Pharmacy From October

OCTOBER 29, 2017
October is American Pharmacists Month, and wow what a month in pharmacy news it has been!
Here are highlights of the 4 biggest advancements:
1.  CVS Health and Aetna 
Various news outlets reported last week that officials with CVS Health have reportedly placed a bid to buy Aetna, one of the nation’s largest health insurers. 
2.  FDA Approves Herpes Zoster Vaccine

Officials with the FDA have approved the zoster vaccine recombinant, adjuvanted (Shingrix, GlaxoSmithKline) for the prevention of herpes zoster in adults aged 50 years and older. Shingrix is a non-live, recombinant subunit vaccine given intramuscularly in two doses
3. The White House and the Opioid Crisis

President Trump announced that he is declaring a Nationwide Public Health Emergency to address the opioids crisis. 

4. Amazon and Pharmacy 
According to reporting from CNET who reported on findings from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Amazon has obtained approval to be a wholesale distributor of pharmaceuticals in 12 states: Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon and Tennessee. There is also a pending application for the state of Maine.”
Read all about the details with what Amazon is up to here.

Change continues to develop in the profession. Be sure to check back here at Pharmacy Times on a regular basis for more developments and updates on these and more advances in pharmacy!

Adam Martin, PharmD, ACSM-CPT
Adam Martin, PharmD, ACSM-CPT
Dr. Martin is a licensed pharmacist, having earned his doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 2012. He is the founder of TheFitPharmacist movement, which strives to empower pharmacists and pharmacy students to thrive in their careers by overcoming stress and unhealthy habits using science-based principles and unmatched support. His passion for helping those in pharmacy led to TheFitPharmacist Podcast on the PharmacyPodcast network, where he provides practical tips for staying healthy while working at the pharmacy, along with interviewing professionals in the top of their respective fields to bring their knowledge right to your earbuds. He merges his passion of pharmacy with the experts in nutrition through being the owner and nutrition consultant at The Diet Doc Pittsburgh North, with the company having over 25 years of success. Learn more and join TheFitPharmacist movement at www.thefitpharmacist.com.