​​Pharmacy Roundup: This Week’s Top 5 Articles for February 3, 2023 

Every week we share our favorite articles that other organizations, associations, and companies are producing to help your pharmacy business thrive.

You’ll discover new strategies and tips to boost your independent community pharmacy business and to stay up to date on what’s happening in the pharmacy industry.

This week we chose five articles covering topics from ants detecting cancer in urine to antidepressants treating chronic pain in adults.  


Indoor Gas Stoves to Blame for 12 Percent of Childhood Asthma

Recent, growing public concerns over the safety of indoor gas stoves used for cooking became a media frenzy, which soon became a study aimed to quantify current childhood asthma in the United States in association with the smoke from these stoves. The study found that only 12 percent of current childhood asthma is attributed to smoke from gas stoves, which is about the same percentage for childhood asthma attributed to second-hand smoke. Drug Topics has more on this story.


Ants Trained to Detect Cancer in Urine

A new study paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences researchers report that ants can detect the scent of several types of cancer in urine. This could someday  represent a cheap and effective cancer detection method. For more information on this amazing discovery, visit Medical News Today.


New Research Has Found Some Antidepressants Treat Chronic Pain

International researchers have found that some classes of antidepressants were effective in treating certain pain conditions in adults. Others, however, were either not effective, or the effectiveness was unknown. Researchers say clinicians need to consider all evidence before deciding to prescribe antidepressants for chronic pain management. Want to learn more? Visit WorldPharmaNews to get the full story.


Who Should Get Which Covid Shots and When?

The FDA proposed for all vaccine makers to adopt the same strain of the virus when making changes in their vaccines. A May or June meeting is in the works for them to select a strain for the vaccines that would be rolled out this fall, KHN reports.


First Biosimilar to Humira Launches

Pharmacy Practice News reports that the first biosimilar to Humira, adalimumab-atto (Amjevita, Amgen), is now available in the United States. The biosimilar is approved to treat seven inflammatory diseases in adults and some children.


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