August 13, 2014
  • PA Study Emphasizes Pharmacist Value in Improving Medication Adherence 

    Using a proven format, pharmacists can make a big difference in medication adherence by just asking patients a few quick questions or having a brief conversation about how they take their medicine. Find out how much better patients followed their drug regimens after pharmacist intervention and what that could mean for cost savings.

  • Kidney Failure, Death Increases With Too High or Too Low Blood Pressure 

    Is the current optimal systolic blood pressure reading actually too low for the most protection against kidney failure or death? A new study suggests it might be, finding that the ranges between 130 and 139 systolic and between 60 and 79 diastolic blood pressure offered the most protection. Here are the details.

  • What's Safer: Newly Approved Drugs or
    Older Drugs?

    A new study suggests that drugs approved after the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, passed in 1992, have higher rates of black box warnings and withdrawals than those previously sanctioned by the FDA. How much of a difference did researchers find and what do they think accounts for the variation?

  • Older Women May Need More Help Managing Asthma 

    The asthma death rate among women older than 65 is nearly four times higher than in other groups, and a new study discusses why that might be the case. Find out why the authors recommend that pharmacists and other health professionals offer some extra counseling to women with asthma in that age cohort.


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