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UPS’s new Flight Forward drone unit will soon start delivering CVS prescriptions to customers, Reuters reported. According to the article, the service will debut in 1 or 2 US cities in the coming weeks. The company also said that Flight Forward drones will be used for other services, such as by Amerisource Bergen Corp to move pharmaceuticals, supplies, and records to US medical campuses.
A new study suggests that routine, universal HIV testing in emergency departments (EDs) can yield new diagnoses and help link more patients to care, The American Journal of Managed Care reported. According to the article, the study showed that, between 2017 and 2018, 28,708 patients aged 13 to 64 years visited 2 EDs in San Diego, California. Of patients who did not opt out of HIV testing, 0.64% had a confirmed positive result, 33 of these patients had new HIV diagnoses, and 90% patients diagnosed were successfully linked to care, the article reported.
New data from the Department of Public Health shows immunization rates for measles, mumps, and rubella among kindergarten students has continued to decline, The Associated Press reported. According to the article, during the 2018-2019 school year, the vaccination rate fell below the federally mandated guideline of 95% in 134 schools with more than 30 kindergarten students. The statewide rate still meets the 95% guideline, the article reported.