April 17, 2013
With Court Ruling, ‘Morning-After Pills’ May Move to Drugstore Aisles
If a new federal court ruling stands, pharmacists likely will no longer be dispensing Plan B emergency contraceptive pills from behind the counter and checking IDs.
Find out what the new ruling says about age and other restrictions related to so-called morning after pills.
Varenicline Appears Most Effective Among
What drugs or programs work best for smoking cessation? A new study suggests that varenicline, marketed as Chantix, would be the answer.
Here is more information on what the study found out about how drug therapy affects depressive symptoms, craving, and psychological reward related to smoking.
Antibiotic Modestly Improves Function, Mood of
Fragile X Children
While pharmacists may regularly dispense the antibiotic minocycline for severe acne and other infectious issues, a new study suggests another important use.
Find out why study authors believe the drug could help children with Fragile X syndrome, the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability.
Retrospective Study Finds Increased Risk of VTE With Glucocorticoid Use
A retrospective study by Danish researchers has uncovered a link between glucocorticoid use and an elevated risk of venous thromboembolism. The elevated risk increased with dosage and also appeared to exist with inhaled and intestinal-acting compounds.
Here are the details.