Week in Review: Men at Greater Risk of COVID-19; Pharmacists Granted Authority to Administer COVID-19 Tests in California

Top news of the week from Pharmacy Times® surrounding the novel coronavirus.

5. Study: Heating N95 Masks Could Disinfect for Reuse

Heating N95 respiratory masks to 185 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes may be the safest and most reliable way to reuse the masks, researchers found in a recently released study. Read more.

4. Men at Greater Risk of COVID-19 Due to Plasma Concentrations That Help the Coronavirus Infect Cells

According to a large study published on May 10, men have higher concentrations of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 in their blood than women. Read more.

3. Study Finds No Link Between Blood Pressure Medications and Increased Risk for Patients with COVID-19

Recent study results showed that common medications used for treating high blood pressure did not increase the risk of contracting the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and did not increase the risk of developing more severe disease. Read more.

2. Pharmacists Granted Authority to Order, Administer COVID-19 Tests in California

On Tuesday, May 12, Governor Gavin Newsom granted California’s 47,000 pharmacists the ability to order and administer COVID-19 tests throughout the state. Read more.

1. Recommendations for Medication Preparation in the Pharmacy

BC Childress, PharmD, MBA, MOL, BCACP, FASCP, director of Pharmacy, Owensboro Health System in Owensboro, Kentucky, discusses pharmacists' adherence to safety guidelines. Watch here.