U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News
November 15, 2023

Effectiveness of Coadministering COVID-19, Flu Vaccines

Administering influenza and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time is one way to increase the uptake of seasonal immunization. Some recipients are nervous about it, however, because of concerns about effectiveness or safety. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open provides reassurance that coadministration does not significantly decrease effectiveness. Read more.


DVT Risk Drops After Oral Contraceptive Cessation

Since oral contraceptives increase the risk of blood clots, women taking these pills sometimes need to terminate them because of major surgery, prolonged periods of immobility, or a diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). But how long does it take for the increased risk to resolve? Find out the answer provided by a new study published in the journal Blood.

Strict LDL-C Lowering Can Be Linked to Diabetes Progression

Some guidelines recommend statin use to achieve a low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) goal under 70 mg/dL for primary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in patients at higher risk. Others, however, recommend against a target LDL-C level. One reason is the risk of increasing diabetes progression. Find out what a new study found about that likelihood.


Best Oral Anticoagulant in Older Adults With Atrial Fibrillation

What is the best oral anticoagulant for frail, older patients with atrial fibrillation? A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association looking at the association of frailty level with oral anticoagulant outcomes in patients with atrial fibrillation explored that issue and came up with an answer, suggesting that apixaban might be preferred for that cohort. Read more.

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