March 8, 2022

NAFLD Risk Factor for Severe Hypoglycemia in T2D Patients

Diagnoses of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)—already common in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D)—are increasing rapidly. In addition to the already well-established liver complications, a new Korean cohort study found that NAFLD increases the risk of severe hypoglycemia in some T2D patients. Find out who is most likely to suffer that dangerous side effect.


Study: Rapid Decline of COVID-19 Protection in Children

As the FDA considers authorizing COVID-19 vaccines for children aged younger than 5 years, a new preprint study raises questions about their use in those aged 5 to 11 years. New York State Health Department researchers found that protection against the Omicron variant plummeted quickly in that age group, although vaccines continued to decrease risk of severe infection. Read more.

Acceptance of Smart Medication Packaging by Older Adults

Smart packaging—packaging that electronically monitors when patients take their medications—has been proposed as a way to increase medication adherence, especially in seniors taking multiple medications. But what do the older patients think about this? A new survey suggests the technology can be acceptable with a few cautions, including consistency and cost. Learn more about these technology-based adherence products.


Patients Disapprove of Insurance and PBM Medication Dispensing Rules

Have insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) gone too far in dictating where their beneficiaries can fill prescriptions, including mandating use of their own mail-order pharmacies? A new survey by Public Policy Polling suggests that might be the case. Find out what high percentage of respondents said "No" when asked if insurers should decide what pharmacies they can use. Read more.

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