February 26, 2014
  • Michigan Standardizes Concentrations for Children’s
    Liquid Prescriptions

    When a liquid prescription isn’t available for children who have trouble swallowing pills, it usually falls to the pharmacist to compound a product. The problem, however, is that the concentrations have not been standardized and, according to a recent poll in Michigan, medication strengths can vary dramatically. Here are details on how Michigan has remedied that problem.

  • Researchers Urge Caution After Tamoxifen Found in Bodybuilding Product

    Do bodybuilders and other fitness-oriented consumers really know what they are taking when they use dietary supplements? A letter published recently in a prominent British medical journal warns that drugs such as tamoxifen, used to treat breast cancer, could be an ingredient, although not clearly identified. That is one of the reasons they urge pharmacists and other health professionals to initiate discussions about dietary supplements.

  • Citalopram Reduces Alzheimer’s Agitation, but Side
    Effects Limit Usage

    The depression drug citalopram was effective in reducing agitation in Alzheimer’s disease patients in a recent study, but authors are hesitant to recommend its use because of adverse side effects—at least at the dosage tested. Here are the details of the study.

  • Stimulants for ADHD Don’t Raise Stroke Risk in
    Children, Teenagers

    A new study helps put to rest concerns that stimulants used to treat ADHD in children could also raise their risk of stroke. The research, presented recently at a major stroke conference, looked at outcomes for more than 2.5 million patients between the ages of 2 and 19 over a 14-year period. Find out how this study differed from past efforts to resolve the issue.

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