November 26, 2014
  • Dementia Risk Increases When AF Is Over-treated With Drug Combination 

    Serious long-term effects can occur when warfarin isn’t properly controlled in patients also taking antiplatelet therapies such as aspirin or clopidigrel. A recent study found that patients whose INR was greater than 3 at least 25% of the time had more than double the risk of developing dementia than those whose levels were more in line with recommendations. Here are the details.

  • Why Pharmacists Want Teens to Be on Their
    Smart Phones

    It might be hard to believe, but, in at least some situations, pharmacists should want teenagers to be staring at their smart phones. In fact, chronically ill youths who use their ubiquitous phones to remind them to take their pills have much better medication adherence. Find out when it might be good to remind them, “There’s an app for that.”

  • Amoxicillin’s Drawbacks Might Outweigh Benefits for Questionable Prescriptions

    If prescribers and patients knew more about antibiotics’ adverse effects, would fewer be prescribed unnecessarily for conditions such as respiratory infections? That is the question raised by an Australian review that suggests that adverse effects of amoxicillin and amoxicillin clavulanic acid are underreported, which unfairly tilts the balance. Here are the details.

  • The Community Drugstore: An Oasis in Low-Income ‘Pharmacy Deserts’ 

    Low-income areas with predominantly minority populations may be “pharmacy deserts” with little access to prescription medications, as a recent Health Affairs article points out, but the oasis here and there is very likely to be an independent community pharmacy. Find out what the researchers and a pharmacy advocate group suggest to incentivize pharmacists to set up shop in those areas.

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