March 1, 2023 

Dementia Risk Increases With Regular Laxative Use

Frequent purchasers of laxatives might need some counseling from pharmacists based on a Chinese study that was recently published in the journal Neurology. The study found an association between regular use of laxatives—especially osmotic forms—and the risk of developing dementia. Learn more about the findings of this study and what medical professionals suggest as alternatives to treat constipation.


CMS Tests Models to Combat High Cost of Medications

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is planning to test new models to lower drug costs for Medicare patients and, while no firm implementation schedule has been set, those could have a significant effect on pharmacies. Find out details of the plans and how they might affect which drugs Medicare patients will be encouraged to use or forego.

New SARS-CoV-2 Variants Affect EUA of Prophylaxis Products

Emergency COVID-19 variants mean that some products previously under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA are no longer recommended for use. Included are types of pre- and postexposure prophylaxis. Find out what those types are, what the guidelines now say about them, and why public health officials want pharmacists and other providers to hold on to the stock for possible future use.


Medication, Dosage Adjustment Inadequate for Heart Failure Patients

Clinical guidelines offer specific recommendations for long-term medications that should be used by heart failure patients with reduced ejection factor. They also strongly recommend adjustment and titration of those drugs over time (also known as guideline-directed medical therapy). Unfortunately, that does not happen very often, a new study found. Learn more about the results reported by Duke University researchers.

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