Routine Pediatric Vaccinations Lag Amid Pandemic, FDA Approves Steroid-Free Antihistamine Allergy Nasal Spray

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Blood-brain barrier crossing antihypertensive drugs linked to less memory loss

Drugs that cross the blood-brain barrier have shown memory benefits in elderly patients, according to a new analysis.

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FDA OKs OTC Use Of Steroid-Free Antihistamine Allergy Nasal Spray

The FDA has approved OTC azelastine HCl 0.15% (Astepro Allergy; Bayer).

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Routine pediatric vaccinations lagging amid COVID-19 pandemic

There was a marked decline in routine vaccine administration to children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic between March and September 2020; this vaccination coverage lagged behind.

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New Data Shows Combination Antibody Treatment Reduces Risk of Death in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients

The RECOVERY trial showed that antibody combination therapy (REGEN-COV; Regeneron) improved survival in hospitalized patients, a first for anti-COVID-19 antibody treatments.

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FDA Approves Oral Blood Thinner For Children

The FDA has approved Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate) for the treatment of venous thromboembolism in children 3 months to less than 12 years of age.

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Half of Latinx, Black Medicare beneficiaries choose Medicare Advantage

Fifty-three percent of Latinx and 49% of Black Medicare beneficiaries choose to enroll in Medicare Advantage; seeing average annual savings of $1,113 and $1,270, respectively, compared to traditional Medicare.

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