August 27, 2015
- Bad News for Schoolchildren: Lice Resistant to Many OTC Treatments
With the start of the school year comes the inevitable plea to pharmacists: Tell me what to do about my child’s head lice. The answer is becoming trickier now that a new study has found widespread resistance to common permethrin-based treatments in 25 states. Here are the details.
Florida Laws Reduced Opioid Prescribing in Year
When Florida implemented two laws to combat prescription drug abuse in 2011, it was unclear how effective they would be. A comparison to neighboring Georgia, which had yet to enact similar laws at that point, indicates a small but significant decrease in the amount of opioids prescribed in the first year after the restrictions went into effect, according to a new study.
- Depression Medication Studies Becoming More Selective, Less Generalizable
If newer antidepressants fail to work effectively in some patients prescribed them, there might be a good reason: The results of clinical trials are less generalizable now because so many potential participants are excluded, according to a recent study. Find out how and why that occurs.
Regular Aspirin Use Linked to Lower Cancer Risk in Overweight Patients
Could a cheap, easily available drug ameliorate the effects of too much weight on risk of cancer development? A new British study finds evidence that regular use of aspirin has that effect. Here are the details.