July 5, 2023 

Limited Recommendations for Adult RSV Vaccine Dampens Demand

A CDC committee did not directly recommend that all older adults aged 65 years and older receive the newly approved respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccines, but instead the CDC recommended that those adults make that determination with their healthcare provider. Find out what that entails and what other guidance was offered about the vaccine.


Hormone Therapy in Postmenopausal Women Linked With GERD

As pharmacists may already know, heartburn and other digestive symptoms have long been a complaint of postmenopausal women on hormone therapy. A recent study published in the journal Menopause confirmed that those concerns were real, finding a “significant” association between hormone therapy use and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Learn more about the results of this study.

When and Why to Discontinue Antibiotics After Inpatient Surgery

Exactly how long inpatients with surgical incisions should be on antibiotics has been debated for years. Surgical-site infections occur in 1% to 3% of inpatients, and patients who develop them are up to 11 times more likely to die. The latest guidelines advised that antibiotics should be discontinued immediately once the incision is closed, even if drains are in use. Read more.


Medicare Patients Have Lower Use of High-Risk Medications

Older adults enrolled in traditional fee-for-service Medicare plans have higher rates of medication usage considered high risk. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open raised special concerns about females, American Indian or Alaska Native, and white populations, which had the highest use of high-risk medications. Learn more about the results of this study.

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