September 1, 2021

Answers to Six Questions Patients Are Asking Pharmacists About COVID-19 Booster Shots

There are a lot of questions about proposed COVID-19 booster shots, and because they are so accessible, pharmacists are being asked many of them. Here are answers to six of the most common ones, based on information provided by public health officials. 


Here Are Recommendations for Most Effective Spontaneous
Urticaria Treatments

Patients with chronic spontaneous urticaria are often desperate for a solution, but finding appropriate treatment can be difficult. Find out what the pharmacist authors of a new meta-analysis on treatment recommend as the most effective therapies to mitigate hives and/or angioedema with a known cause lasting more than 6 weeks.

Some BP Drugs Show Association With Colorectal Cancer Survival

Cancer itself and common treatments all have been linked with greater risk of hypertension. That’s why a new study suggesting beneficial effects on colorectal cancer survival with certain blood pressure (BP) medications is so significant. Here are more details on the retrospective analysis that found positive effects from ACE inhibitors, beta-blockers, and thiazide diuretics.


PrEP Adherence Often Drops Among Those Who Most Need
HIV Prevention

Filling a prescription for preexposure prophylaxis to protect against HIV is only the first step. While the drug regimen usually is followed early on, a new study finds high rates of nonadherence and discontinuation over time among certain groups, including some who especially need the protection. Here are the cohorts who are most likely to have declining PrEP medication adherence and what authors suggest can be done about that.

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