January 27, 2021

Pharmacists Can Kick COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
‘Up a Notch’

Pharmacy organizations might disagree on some other issues, but they are speaking out in unison for the need to involve pharmacists more in distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations. Find out what groups such as the American Pharmacy Association, the National Community Pharmacists Association, and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores had to say about the benefits pharmacies can offer.


Potent and Very Potent Topical Corticosteroids Raise Risk of
Bone Injuries

While topical corticosteroids are not usually considered much of a risk to bones, a new study suggests more concern might be warranted. Researchers found that continued exposure to potent and very potent topical corticosteroids can increase risk of osteoporosis and major osteoporotic fracture. Here is more information. 

Migraine Medication Linked With Elevated Blood Pressure in Patients

A first-in-class migraine medication appears to increase risk for elevated blood pressure (BP) in some patients, especially those in pre-existing hypertension. That has led to a change in prescribing information for erenumab. A study also notes that raised BP levels occurred within a week of initiation in about half the cases. Here are more details. 


Poor Glycemic Control Raises Risk of Infections in
Diabetes Patients

While it is understood overall that diabetes patients have a higher risk of infection, it was not clear how the lack of glycemic control played a role in that. Find out how a new study documented that higher hemoglobin A1c is linked to heightened danger of infections, such as cellulitis and pneumonia. 

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