U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News
May 31, 2023 

Inexpensive Drugs Help Prevent Lacunar Stroke Adverse Effects

Readily available, inexpensive medications that are already stocked in pharmacies could help prevent devastating effects from lacunar ischemic strokes, according to a new study. Find out how United Kingdom researchers determined that isosorbide mononitrate and the vasodilator cilostazol—which are already used to treat other heart and circulatory diseases—appeared to be safe and effective in preventing lacunar strokes.


Unvaccinated, Reinfected Individuals Have Higher Long COVID Risk

Increasing evidence suggests that vaccination against COVID-19 not only prevents the initial acute infection but is also protective against the development of “long COVID”—the postacute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC) infection. A recent large study sought to quantify PASC symptoms and causes of severity. Learn more about the results.

Multivitamins Appear to Help Memory in Older Adults

To recommend multivitamins or not? Pharmacists are often asked about the usefulness of multivitamin supplementation, but the question is often difficult to answer because research on the topic has come up with varied conclusions. Now, a study provides a solid answer based on evidence that multivitamin supplementation appears to improve memory in older adults. Read more.


No Increased Cancer Risk Seen With SGLT2i Use for T2D

Safety concerns about sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor (SGLT2i) use for type 2 diabetes (T2D) and risk of cancer—especially involving the bladder and breast—have persisted for years. Now, two studies from Brazil and Taiwan provide evidence that the risk does not appear to be any greater than not using the drugs and might actually be significantly lower. Read more.

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