USPharmacist | Weekly News Update


April 29, 2015
  • Acetaminophen Flattens Emotions While
    Relieving Pain

    Pharmacists might want to inform acetaminophen users about a newly discovered drug side effect, but they shouldn’t expect much of an emotional response. A new study finds that the OTC pain reliever not only blunts pain but also a range of emotions, including positive ones. Here are the details.

  • Exposure to Flurbiprofen, an NSAID, Can Be Dangerous for Pets

    Pharmacists should advise patients to keep their distance from household pets when using prescriptions for topical pain medications containing the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) flurbiprofen. The FDA issued a new safety alert on the products after the illness and death of several cats. Find out why even limited exposure can be dangerous.

  • Community Pharmacies Strained by Skyrocketing Generics Prices

    Community pharmacies report they are facing a double whammy with rapidly increasing costs of generic drugs coupled with lagging reimbursement rates, according to a recent survey. Here’s why the situation could improve before too long.

  • Copayments on DMARDs Too Much for Many RA Patients With Medicare

    Pharmacists shouldn’t be surprised if Medicare patients with rheumatoid arthritis and similar conditions balk at filling prescriptions for the biologic disease–modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) they need to control their disease. Out-of-pocket costs could exceed $2,700 a year, according to a new study. Here are the details.

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