March 30, 2016
  • Potentially Deadly Prescription/OTC Combinations Increase in Older Patients

    Pharmacists should caution patients about the risks of not only combining certain prescription medications, but also with OTC drugs and dietary supplements. That’s according to a new study finding that the number of older patients using dangerous combinations is on the increase. Here are the details.

  • Reduced Risk of Knee Injuries Found in Female Athletes on the “Pill”

    Birth control pills aren’t just for preventing pregnancy anymore. Some women use them to smooth out hormone levels and manage menstrual symptoms. Find out what other benefit the contraceptives could have for young female athletes.

  • Most Medicare Patients Have Co-Payments for Recommended Vaccines
    Even though the federal government is urging higher vaccination rates in older Americans, current Medicare practices might work against that, according to a new study. It points out that private insurance plans are required to cover recommended vaccines at no cost to patients, but most Medicare beneficiaries have co-pays. Here is more information.
  • Antipsychotics Raise Mortality Risk in
    Parkinson’s Patients

    Pharmacists might want to deliver some caution along with the pills to Parkinson’s disease patients filling prescriptions for antipsychotics. Find out how the therapy affects 6-month mortality rates for those patients.


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