September 17, 2014
Patients on Sulfonylureas Frequently Prescribed Inappropriate Antimicrobials
When diabetes patients on sulfonylureas present prescriptions for antimicrobials, pharmacists should scrutinize them carefully. A new study points out that more than a fourth of those prescriptions could be for drugs that adversely interact with glipizide or glyburide, causing dangerous hypoglycemia.
What antimicrobials are the most risky?
Longer Benzodiazepine Use Linked With Alzheimer’s Disease Development
Shorter is better when it comes to benzodiazepine use for anxiety and sleep issues in older adults. A study from Canadian and French researchers found that past use of the drugs for 3 months or more was associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease of up to 51%.
Find out more.
ADHD, Stimulants Don’t Affect Children’s Growth Rate, Adult Height
In a worry often shared with their pharmacists, parents are fearful that ADHD or the drugs used to treat it may cause growth dysregulation in their children. A new study attempts to put those concerns to rest.
Here are the details.
Answers to Questions About Traveling With Medications, Supplies
Travel is popular this time of year, especially for empty-nesters who want to avoid the summer crowds. Many older adults are unsure, however, about how to take along prescription medications when flying or venturing outside of the United States. The FDA recently hosted a presentation to help pharmacists advise customers on traveling safely and efficiently with prescription drugs.
Here are the highlights.