November 28, 2012
  • Why Pharmacists Unknowingly Fill
    Discontinued Medications

    E-prescribing doesn’t do everything physicians may think it does. That’s one reason pharmacists often are left in the dark when a medication has been discontinued. A new study provides information on how often and why pharmacists sometimes fill discontinued prescriptions.

  • Pharmacy Compounding Differs From Process Leading to Meningitis Outbreak

    Traditional compounding in pharmacies is a very different process from the manufacturing system blamed for a widespread meningitis outbreak. That’s what the National Community Pharmacists Association told two congressional committees. Here’s what NCPA had to say and how the positions were challenged by a lobbying group.

  • Patients Using Sleep Medication Have Much Greater Risk for Hospital Falls

    Ensuring that hospitalized patients get enough sleep is critical, and clinicians often turn to a common medication to help them get rest. That has some significant downsides, however, according to a recent Mayo Clinic study. Here are the surprising results on the likelihood of patient falls with zolpidem. 

  • Taking Daily Multivitamin Doesn’t Reduce Cardiovascular Risks for Men

    Pharmacists often are asked about the benefits of taking a daily multivitamin. Here is some important information to share: The supplements do not appear to decrease the risk of cardiovascular events in men, according to a new study. Study authors also offered some advice on weighing the need for a multivitamin in light of their conclusions.

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