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Involving Pharmacists Can Facilitate Deprescribing Inappropriate Meds

November 13, 2018
Involving Pharmacists Can Facilitate Deprescribing Inappropriate Meds

Many seniors take medications, such as sleeping drugs, tranquilizers and antihistamines that can be potentially harmful.

Many Believe Side Effects Exaggerated on Medication Leaflets

November 12, 2018
Many Believe Side Effects Exaggerated on Medication Leaflets

Survey also finds about a quarter of patients would go to another pharmacy to get a drug if their pharmacist advised against taking it.

Quick Hits: Statins and Seniors, ‘Magic Mushrooms’ As Depression Treatment & More

November 8, 2018
Quick Hits: Statins and Seniors, ‘Magic Mushrooms’ As Depression Treatment & More

Many seniors stop taking statins because of side effects and psilocybin-based drug gets fast-track review by FDA for treatment-resistant depression.

Patients Receive Many More Opioids Than They Need After Surgery

November 7, 2018
Patients Receive Many More Opioids Than They Need After Surgery

Overprescribing fuels concerns that leftover opioid pills can be diverted and abused.

Opioids Linked to Higher Risk of Irregular Heartbeat

November 6, 2018
Opioids Linked to Higher Risk of Irregular Heartbeat

Researchers say the findings are of concern since those who experienced atrial fibrillation were relatively young and otherwise healthy.

FDA Approves Controversial New Opioid

November 5, 2018
FDA Approves Controversial New Opioid

Dsuvia is five to 10 times more powerful than fentanyl, another synthetic opioid implicated in overdose deaths.

Quick Hits: Antibiotics and Childhood Obesity, Alternative Therapies Don’t Cure Cancer & More

November 1, 2018
Quick Hits: Statins and Seniors, ‘Magic Mushrooms’ As Depression Treatment & More

Infants given antibiotics at increased risk for developing obesity and Americans’ beliefs on the power of alternative medicine to treat cancer.

No Cardiovascular Benefit Using Meds in Mild Hypertension

October 31, 2018
No Cardiovascular Benefit Using Meds in Mild Hypertension

Results at odds with medical groups’ recommendation that blood pressure drugs should be started in those with mild hypertension.

New Shingles Vaccine More Effective Than Older One, But With One Drawback

October 30, 2018
New Shingles Vaccine More Effective Than Older One, But With One Drawback

Shingrix is significantly more effective than Zostavax, but comes with a higher rate of redness and swelling at the injection site.

Common Blood Pressure Drugs May Raise Lung Cancer Risk

October 29, 2018
Common Blood Pressure Drugs May Raise Lung Cancer Risk

Risk seen in ACE inhibitors such as benazepril and lisinopril but not other class, ARBs, that includes losartan and valsartan.

Quick Hits: New Flu Drug Approved, Alternatives to Opioids After Surgery & More

October 25, 2018
Quick Hits: Statins and Seniors, ‘Magic Mushrooms’ As Depression Treatment & More

FDA approves Xofluza to curb flu duration and most people would want alternatives to opioid drugs for pain after surgery.

Moderate Aerobic Exercise Can Produce Antidepressant Effects

October 24, 2018
Moderate Aerobic Exercise Can Produce Antidepressant Effects

Moderate aerobic exercise just a few times a week produces a “significantly large antidepressant effect,” according to study.