October 15, 2014
  • Congress Launches Investigation of Soaring
    Generic Drug Prices 

    Pharmacies facing unsustainable losses as prices for generic drugs soar may now see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. A senator and representative who head key healthcare committees and subcommittees are launching an investigation into the “staggering” price increases, as requested 9 months ago by the National Community Pharmacists Association. Here are the details

  • Common Side Effects of Flu Vaccine: Not What
    Many Fear 

    Despite protestations by people who refuse to get flu shots, the development of flu-like symptoms after immunization is highly unlikely in adults. In fact, the most frequent complaint is a sore arm. Find out how side effects differ by age groups and among commonly used influenza vaccines.

  • Pharmacists Armed With Pillboxes Help Lower
    Patients’ Blood Pressure

    Can a simple plastic billbox help hypertension patients lower their blood pressure? A new study suggests it can as long as pharmacists are supervising the process. How was the program designed to improve medication adherence and what were the results?

  • Unnecessary Antibiotics Prescribed More at End of Clinician Workdays 

    If pharmacists notice a lot more antibiotics being dispensed in the late afternoon and evening, a new research letter provides an explanation: Because of decision fatigue by clinicians, more unnecessary antibiotics for respiratory ailments are prescribed at the end of the day than the beginning. Here are the details.

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