April 9, 2014
  • What Prescriptions Are Patients Least Likely to Fill?

    Nearly half of patients prescribed thyroid medications never show up in a pharmacy to fill them. That’s one piece of new information from a Canadian study that looked at which pharmaceutical classes have the lowest adherence rates. Here are more details of the study which found, overall that nearly a third of patients fail to pick up first-time prescriptions.

  • Statins Show Promise in Improving Erectile Dysfunction

    If reducing their risk of heart disease is not incentive enough to get men to take statins, pharmacists can share another important piece of information: Improvement in erectile function is likely to occur with the drugs. A new study offered surprising information on how much ED improved with statins compared to drugs specifically designed to combat the problem.

  • A Type of Resistant Bacterial Infection Is on the
    Rise in Children

    The day is coming soon when oral antibiotics may no longer work for some infections in children, warns a new study that tracked growing prevalence of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) bacteria. Especially hard-hit were youngsters 1-5 years old. Find out more about pediatric ESBLs and their increased resistance to third-generation cephalosporins.

  • ED Prescriptions for Opioids Show Significant Increase in 10-Year Period

    Patients presenting at hospital emergency departments (EDs) are far more likely to be prescribed an opioid than at the beginning of the 21st century, according to a new study. Authors of the report sounded an alarm about the more than 10% increase in opioid prescribing over a 10-year period, especially since ED visits for painful conditions rose only about 4%. Learn which drug had prescriptions soar more than 600% during the study period.

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