August 23, 2023

Chronic Disease Medications Can Affect Patients’ Ability to Handle Heat

Certain medications can affect the ability to cope with heat, especially in older adults with chronic illnesses, according to a new study published in Pharmacological Reviews. The problem has been exacerbated by excessive heat in many parts of the world this summer. Find out which drugs are most likely to cause problems and in which situations.


ICU Vancomycin, Piperacillin-Tazobactam Use Linked to Kidney Injuries

Antibiotics are often prescribed to patients on ICU admission. The research on optimal combinations has been conflicting, however, especially when it comes to the risk of acute kidney injury. A new study published in CHEST looked at what drugs present the most risk for acute kidney injuries and how kidney function plays a role. Read more.

Highest 10-Year Drug Shortage Rate Reported

Pharmacists have reported that they have been hit hard by drug shortages this year. In fact, a recent survey from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists suggested that the United States has the highest number of drug shortages in almost a decade. The total is not far from the all-time high of 320, according to the report. Read more.


Factors Impacting Biosimilar Coverage Decisions

In a recent publication in the journal BioDrugs, researchers sought to investigate factors correlated with biosimilar insurance coverage relative to their reference products by commercial plans in the United States. The authors noted that this was the first study evaluating the factors associated with U.S. commercial health plan biosimilar coverage. Find out which deviations in coverage the authors discovered.

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