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The Med & Mic™ 03.03.22

The Med & Mic™ 03.03.22

How busy doctors keep up on the medical news of the day – and get $1 CME!

MED NEWS blog post from Dr. Maria ON Speaking, LLC


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Test-To-Treat at Pharmacies

The government plans a “test to treat” strategy to manage COVID at this point in the pandemic with pharmacies providing free antiviral pills to people who test positive. The medication made by Pfizer can reduce the risk of hospitalization by 90%. By the end of March, a million pills will be available, and two million by the end of April. The first drug stores to be involved include CVS, Walgreens, and Kroger. The plan will expand to others later. Strained staffing is a concern, because testing and treating is a time-intensive process. “It takes far longer than it takes to dispense most normal prescriptions,” says Anne Burns of the American Pharmacists Association in an article from the AP.

Fitbit Recall

Because of a potential burn hazard, Fitbit is recalling 1.7 million smartwatches. The lithium ion battery can overheat. In the U.S. 78 burn injuries have been reported, and 174 worldwide. A few cases in the U.S. have been second and third degree burns, deeper burns that can cause skin damage and scarring. “Customer safety is always Fitbit’s top priority,” says Fitbit’s Andrea Holing in a report from CNN.

Aromatherapy leads to deadly infection

The CDC has determined the air freshener “Lavender & Chamomile with Gemstones” from Better Homes & Gardens has led to cases of serious bacterial infection in 2021. Two 52-year-old adults, and two children, ages 4 and 5 contracted Burkholderia pseudomallei. These bacteria are associated with tropical and subtropical areas, but none of the people infected had traveled. The cases occurred in Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, and Texas. Three have survived, but the 5 year old died. Investigators found the air freshener to be the common product from all four households. It has since been recalled. More in MedPage Today.

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