January 30, 2013
NYC Pharmacies Urged to Use Decoy Devices
to Catch Thieves
When is a bottle of OxyContin not an opioid pain medication? When it actually is a GPS tracking device designed to look like a drug container. Now, New York City police are urging all pharmacies there to use decoys to help snare thieves.
Here are the details.
Technologically Advanced Flu Vaccine Offers Fast Start-Up, Ample Supply
The latest flu vaccine approved for most adults by the FDA is made using an insect virus expression system and recombinant DNA technology. Because neither influenza virus nor eggs is required for production of the vaccine, Flubok, it offers a faster start-up in case of a pandemic.
Find out how effective the vaccine is and when it will be available.
A Push for Wider Prescribing of Low-Dose Aspirin to Prevent Cardiovascular Events
If aspirin’s benefit in the secondary prevention of myocardial infarction, stroke, and death from vascular causes is well-established, why is the therapy prescribed at fewer than half the doctor’s visits by patients with ischemic vascular disease? That’s the question asked by a recent perspective article written by authors from public health agencies.
Read on for their answer and how they think the situation can be improved.
Triple Combination of Common Drugs Can
Pharmacists often have to counsel customers on drug combinations, especially elderly patients who are prescribed a pillbox full of medications for chronic conditions. Now, a new study highlights a combination that can be especially dangerous to the kidneys.
Find out what those drugs are and when they are most harmful.