September 13, 2023

Safety, Effectiveness of Flu, COVID Vaccine Coadministration

While patients might like the convenience of getting COVID-19 and influenza vaccines at the same time, some concerns linger. The findings of a large study of Israeli healthcare workers should provide some reassurance: Researchers report no significant difference in either reactogenicity or immunogenicity between coadministration or receiving the shots separately. Find out the results of this study.


Safe Medications for Delirium in Hospitalized Older Patients

Delirium is a very common disturbance in attention and awareness among hospitalized older adults. Hospital pharmacists often are involved in decisions on how best to treat hospitalized older adults exhibiting delirium symptoms. Find out what a new study advised after comparing oral haloperidol, olanzapine, quetiapine, and risperidone for adverse effects in older adults after major surgery.

Increase in Counterfeit Pills, Drug Overdoses

A new article from CDC researchers put the spotlight on a growing crisis in the United States: the availability of counterfeit pills, often illicitly manufactured fentanyls. Overdose deaths related to counterfeit pills more than doubled in about a 2-year period ending in December 2021, while tripling in western states. Find out what the CDC says about this crisis.


Statin/Ezetimibe Combo Decreases Mortality Among ACS Patients

Current clinical guidelines usually recommend a stepwise approach for patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), first offering only a statin. A new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, however, advised that those patients should immediately be prescribed a combination of cholesterol-lowering drugs with statins and ezetimibe. Find out how much that appeared to reduce mortality.

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