April 27, 2022 

CDC Advises on COVID-19 Quarantine, Isolation Requirements

How long to isolate or quarantine after a COVID-19 exposure or positive test remains confusing for many people. Often, they turn to their pharmacists, who field a lot of questions about quarantine or isolation, for advice. Learn more about a helpful online tool and some additional information pharmacists can provide to help those with questions.


Familial Hypercholesterolemia, Statin Therapy, and Dementia Risk

High levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol have been associated with a greater risk of dementia. That led researchers to question what that might mean for patients with familial hypercholesterolemia. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open sought to determine if high-density lipoprotein cholesterol caused by a genetic mutation was associated with any increased risk of dementia. Read more.

Total COVID-19 Vaccinations Distributed, Lost in the Early Rush

Pharmacists remember—early in vaccination efforts—the challenges of properly storing COVID-19 vaccinations and ensuring every drop was administered before the open vials became unusable. A recent study looked at how well sites did in meeting those goals while dealing with a crush of Americans seeking vaccinations and found the wastage was only about 0.1% at that time. Read more.


NSAIDs Block Beneficial Bone Effects of Bisphosphonates

Older patients who use bisphosphonates to protect their bones against osteoporotic fractures also are highly likely to use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain. A recent study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research suggests that might be a problem, however, because the painkillers appear to negate the positive effects of clodronate in older women. Read more.

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