December 1, 2021

Study Suggests SGLT2 Inhibitors Might Lower Gout Risk in Diabetes Patients

Gout is a painful condition that often plagues patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM). A new study raises the possibility that patients can treat their elevated blood sugar while also reducing their risk for gout. A population study found that T2DM patients who are receiving sodium-glucose transport protein 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors may have a lower risk for gout compared with those receiving dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4) inhibitors. Read more.


Aspirin Use Shows Heart Failure Link in Patients With Certain Conditions

When concerns have been raised about the questionable benefits of taking aspirin for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease, the main risk cited is usually gastrointestinal bleeding. A European study went much farther than that, however. Find out why it suggests that patients with metabolic syndrome who regularly use aspirin could have a greater risk of developing heart failure.

Here's How to Get VA Reimbursement for Administering Flu Shot

While pharmacists take their patriotic duty of protecting veterans very seriously, it is not always easy to navigate the complexity of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system. Understanding that, the VA recently suggested six steps pharmacists should take to be reimbursed for providing influenza vaccines to the healthcare system's beneficiaries. Read more.


About a Third of Mumps Cases Are in Vaccinated Children and Adolescents

Mumps vaccines have been so successful in pushing infections down more than 99% over the last half-century that pharmacists and other clinicians do not even consider a mumps infection when patients present with symptoms such as puffy cheeks. According to the CDC, most children and adolescents who get mumps now are vaccinated. Read more.

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