December 10, 2014
Black Children Less Likely to Get Broad Spectrum Antibiotics for Otitis Media
In a trend that pharmacists may have noticed, white children with ear infections are more likely to present prescriptions for broad-spectrum antibiotics. Black children, meanwhile, are less likely to be diagnosed with otitis media or prescribed the powerful antibiotics. Racial disparities aside, which treatment is more in line with guidelines?
Here’s the answer.
Some New Therapies Increase Varicella-Zoster Infection Rates In MS Patients
With the introduction of more disease-modifying treatments that affect T-cell–mediated immunity, multiple sclerosis patients increasingly are infected with varicella-zoster virus. A
new study set out to find out why and offers some advice on how to avoid and manage the infections.
AARP Report: Brand-Name Drug Prices Skyrocketed
in Recent Years
The cost of brand name drugs increased eight times faster than the national inflation rate from 2012 to 2013, according to a new AARP study. In fact, it was the highest average annual price increase since the advocacy group for older Americans began tracking drug costs in 2004.
Find out which drugs had the greatest increases and how that affects patients.
Testosterone Therapy: No Increased Prostate Cancer Risk in Hypogonadal Men
With about 3.75% of men in their 60s using testosterone therapy in the United States, and similar usage elsewhere, any concerns about increases in cancer risks have broad ramifications. That’s why German researchers sought to determine whether “T” therapy increases prostate cancer risk in men with hypogonadism.
Find out what they discovered.