October 29, 2014
Stronger Link Between Dopamine Receptor Agonists, Impulse-Control Disorders
Disturbing symptoms such as pathological gambling, hypersexuality, and compulsive shopping periodically affect Parkinson’s disease or restless leg patients, but the reason has not been clear. Now, new research has come up with startling statistics to tie the events more closely to dopamine receptor agonists used to treat the conditions.
Find out what a review of adverse drug events found.
Young Children Frequent Victims of Inadvertent Medication Errors
More than 60,000 young children are victims of medication errors each year, usually when a parent or caregiver makes an innocent mistake in dosing common painkillers or fever-reducers.
What age groups are most at risk and what can be done to reduce the incidence of the errors?
Study Questions Cigarette Copurchases
This won’t come as much of a surprise to pharmacists, but some percentage of patients purchase cigarettes with their prescription drugs, even if the drugs are treating conditions exacerbated by smoking. That’s according to a new study, which suggests one solution is for drugstores to stop selling cigarettes.
What’s the author’s argument?
Affairs of the Heart: Could ED Drugs Be
New research could bring erectile dysfunction medications such as Viagra out of the bedroom. Italian investigators suggest that one of the drugs’ ingredients, PDE5i, can provide cardio-protection without many side effects.
Here are the details.