March 23, 2022 

Statins: Less CV Risk Reduction Than Commonly Assumed

Although they are very widely prescribed, statins might not be as effective in protecting against cardiovascular (CV) disease as commonly assumed. This is according to a new study that finds the cholesterol-lowering medications have only a modest effect in many patients. The study underscores the importance of discussing absolute risk reductions when making informed clinical decisions. Read more.


Croup Cases Often More Severe in COVID-19

Pharmacists recognize the symptoms of croup, but do they know that it increasingly was a manifestation of COVID-19 during the Omicron variant period? Find out what a new study in the journal Pediatrics says about the phenomenon in small children and infants, including the caution that those laryngotracheitis cases can be much more serious than usual.

How to Treat Anaphylaxis in the Great Outdoors

How can pharmacists help wilderness programs and outdoors aficionados prepare for anaphylaxis cases in less-than-optimal conditions? New guidelines from the Wilderness Medical Society offer some advice on what medications are needed, as well as information on how wilderness conditions can affect storage of those products. Read more.


Lactating Mothers Receive COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines to Benefit Infants

Administering the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine to lactating mothers might not provide enough protection to their infants, according to a new Dutch study. Find out why researchers insist that based on the data, a messenger RNA (mRNA)–based vaccine is the optimal choice for lactating women when they want to transfer antibodies to their infants.

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