February 11, 2015
Meta-analysis: Oseltamivir Reduces Flu Duration, Lowers Hospitalization Rates
In some areas, oseltamivir, marketed as Tamiflu, has been hot commodity in a cold winter. Although the shortages were spotty, more persistent are the questions about how effective the antiviral really is against influenza. A new meta-analysis
provides some answers.
Legislation Seeks to Designate Pharmacists as Part B “Healthcare Providers”
Most states already allow pharmacists to provide additional services, such as immunizations, diabetes management, blood pressure screenings, and routine checks, but no mechanism yet exists for reimbursement under Medicare Part B. Legislation again has been introduced in both houses of Congress to remedy that.
Here are the details.
Even Insured Americans Cut Back on Medications
to Save Money
Failing to take prescribed medications because of financial reasons isn’t just a problem for uninsured Americans. Patients covered by health insurance also struggle to afford their medications, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
Find out which patients are most likely to avoid taking medications to save money.
CDC: Concerns Raised By High Opioid Use Among Reproductive-Age Women
Hormonal contraceptives are widely used in teenagers, even in the youngest cohort who have problems with irregular and excessive bleeding when their periods begin. Yet, very few clinical trials include adolescents, and even research focused on adolescents typically excludes those under 16, according to a recent perspective piece.
Find out what can be done to remedy the situation.