Whooping cough vaccine now available at Walgreens, Take Care Clinics in Arizona
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens announced that it is offering Arizona residents protection against whooping cough, also known as pertussis, at all of the drug store chain’s points of care throughout the state.
Walgreens said immunizations (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis-Tdap vaccine) now are available at more than 275 Walgreens pharmacies and Take Care Clinics throughout Arizona. Walgreens pharmacists in Arizona can administer the whooping cough vaccine to patients ages 7 to 17 years with a prescription, as well as to those ages 18 years and older without a prescription. Take Care Clinics, located at 28 Walgreens in Maricopa and Pima counties, can administer the vaccine to those older than age 10 years.
The announcement follows information from the Maricopa County department of public health, which reported a 41% increase in its number of whooping cough cases in 2011 over the previous year and more than double the number of cases reported in 2009. Latest pertussis immunization recommendations for children and adults, as well as vaccine information, visit the Arizona Department of Health Services website at Azdhs.gov.
"We share in the recommendations of health officials that one of the best things people can do to keep themselves and their families healthy during a possible outbreak is to get vaccinated," Arizona market pharmacy director for Walgreens Laura Zimmerly said. "In addition to children, who are the most vulnerable, those who care for or are in contact with children should also be immunized. We hope that through greater access to immunizations, we can keep our communities healthy and help limit the spread of the virus."
God I hope we don't have to call these people at home to drum up business in this area or deal with having to give a minimum number of these shots per week.
Vaccines in development could open opportunity for specialty pharmacies
WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — Since the development of the first smallpox vaccine in 1796, vaccines have saved countless lives around the world and helped to make such deadly scourges as smallpox and polio things of the past.
(THE NEWS: PhRMA report lists almost 300 vaccines under development. For the full story, click here.)
In addition to helping the practice of medicine evolve, they also have sparked an evolution in the roles of pharmacy and pharmacists in the United States. Today, pharmacists in all 50 states administer flu vaccinations, not to mention pharmacist-administered vaccinations for shingles and diseases that travelers can contract in other countries. What once required a doctor’s appointment now is as simple as walking into a store.
But just as vaccines for common infectious diseases have brought what used to be a physicians-only service to community pharmacy, many of the new vaccines under development could do the same with regard to specialty pharmacy, including therapeutic vaccines against cancers and serious infectious diseases, such as HIV.
Obviously, these aren’t the kinds of vaccines one can simply get at the drug store, but specialty pharmacies — particularly those that operate community pharmacies, infusion centers or home-infusion services — could be in a position to deliver them.
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FDA approves Vivus’ Stendra for erectile dysfunction
SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for treating erectile dysfunction, the agency said Friday.
The FDA announced the approval of Vivus’ Stendra (avanafil).
"This approval expands the available treatment options to men experiencing erectile dysfunction and enables patients, in consultation with their doctor, to choose the most appropriate treatment for their needs," FDA Office of Drug Evaluation III deputy director Victoria Kusiak said.
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