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#Omicron #booster #Paxlovid #opiates #suicide #Ebola #pediatrics


#Doctor, could you comment on these topics to the #media today?


>> A boost for children

>> Drug-drug interactions with Paxlovid

>> Common poison fatality in kids

>> Suicide figures up

>> The latest Ebola tally


The Med & Mic™ 10.13.22

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FDA Authorizes Omicron boosters for kids 5 and up

The FDA has expanded the authorization for the bivalent COVID-19 booster to include children 5 and older for the Pfizer vaccine and 6 and older for the Moderna. Children may get the bivalent booster at least two months after their primary series or most recent booster. Going forward, authorization will only be for the bivalent booster. (Source: I. Hein, MedPage Today, 10.12.22)



Paxlovid Interacts with Some Heart Medications

Paxlovid can have dangerous interactions with cholesterol-lowering statins, blood pressure medicines, and certain blood thinners. A review paper in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology lists dozens of cardiovascular medications and their potential problems if taken with the COVID treatment. Liver toxicity, low blood pressure, flushing, swelling, and increased bleeding are some of the potential issues. Short-term discontinuation of the interacting medications is recommended while taking Paxlovid. (Source: J. Howard, CNN, 10.12.22)



Fatal Poisoning in Kids

Opioids were the most common contributor to fatal poisonings among children 5 and younger. Data from 40 states show that the proportion of fatal poisonings due to opioids went from 24% in 2005 to 52% in 2018. Illicit and prescription opioids contributed to 42% of all fatal poisonings from 2005 to 2018. The figures were presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting. (Source: MedPage Today, R. Dotinga, 10.12.22)



Teen Suicides On the Rise

Over the past decade, suicides increased by 29% for adolescents ages 15 to 19. Nevada, Colorado, and South Carolina saw the greatest increases. Alaska had the highest rate at 40 per 100,000. Massachusetts had the lowest at 5 per 100,000. The data come from America’s Health Rankings Health of Women and Children Report from the United Health Foundation. (Source: MedPage Today, S. Firth, 10.12.22)



Ebola 39

The Ebola outbreak in Uganda continues to grow with 74 confirmed or probable cases and 39 deaths. More than 660 people who were exposed are being monitored. All cases have been detected in Uganda, but neighboring countries are on high alert. (Source: CNBC, S Kimball, 10.12.22)






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