Pharmacy News

Benzoyl peroxide acne products contain high levels of carcinogen, warns independent lab

High levels of the human carcinogen benzene can form in some acne treatment products containing benzoyl peroxide, according to a new report from the independent quality assurance laboratory Valisure. The company has launched a citizen petition urging FDA to take action on these products by encouraging an investigation and market withdrawal of the affected items.

HHS releases new smoking cessation framework

HHS wants to accelerate smoking cessation and reduce smoking- and cessation-related disparities. The agency unveiled a new framework with six goals to help drive progress toward cessation and specifically focused on combusted tobacco products, like cigarettes, among people of all ages.

FDA approves semaglutide to reduce CV risk

FDA announced the decision to approve the GLP-1 receptor agonist, semaglutide (Wegovy), to reduce the risk of CV death, heart attack, and stroke in adults with CVD and obesity or overweight.

Pediatric ED visits for unsupervised melatonin ingestion grow

A March 7 report in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) highlights the continued need to educate parents and other caregivers about the importance of keeping all medications and supplements—including melatonin gummies—out of children’s reach.

FDA panel recommends trivalent flu vaccine for next fall

FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee recommended that regulators drop the quadrivalent influenza vaccines used for roughly the past decade or so in favor of a trivalent replacement.