September 4, 2013
Continued Use of Incretins Recommended, Despite Cancer Questions
Not enough evidence exists on a possible link between incretin mimetics and pre-cancerous changes in the pancreas to recommend against use of the diabetes drugs, according to a new consensus statement from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Some caution is recommended, however.
Find out what the statement says about possible other reasons for increased cancer risk.
Therapeutic Drug Substitutions Save Medicare Far More Than Generic Equivalents
Swapping out a drug that has a similar treatment effect could double or even triple annual Medicare Part D savings compared to just substituting a generic equivalent. Study authors from UCLA
call for more research on the issue, recognizing that the trade-off could be a hard sell for physicians and patients.
Who Should Not Receive Specific—or Any—Flu Vaccines
Public health officials have been quite clear on who should receive influenza vaccinations—almost anyone older than 6 months of age. What is less obvious to pharmacists and others, however, is who should not be vaccinated. That’s why the CDC issued
a new update on the issue.
Treatment Nonexistent or Inadequate for Many
A surprisingly high percentage of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patients receive no treatment for their condition, even among those with moderate or severe disease. That’s according to a new survey that also found elevated rates of patient dissatisfaction on how psoriasis is managed.
Here are the details.