April 20, 2016
- Skin Tests Not Always Accurate in Predicting Pediatric Amoxicillin Allergies
Knowing which children are actually allergic to amoxicillin might be trickier than pharmacists realize. A new study calls into question the accuracy of skin tests, recommending oral provocation or challenge tests instead. Here are the details.
Common Dementia Drugs Linked to Increased
Cholinesterase inhibitors used to treat dementia increase a neurotransmitter that regulates airways, potentially causing problems for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Although past research has not demonstrated that effect, a small new study finds an increased risk of exacerbations in COPD patients using the drugs. Find out more.
- Misuse of E-Prescription Fields Burdens Pharmacists, Endangers Patients
The “notes” field in e-prescribing is supposed to provide pertinent information to pharmacists about filling and dispensing the script. Instead, according to a new study, prescribers often put in irrelevant or inappropriate information, creating more work for pharmacists and potentially harming patients. Here is more information.
Statins Show Benefit Even With Intermediate Risk
for Heart Disease
Should statins be prescribed to patients at only intermediate risk for cardiovascular disease? New global studies raise that as a very real possibility. Also, find out what the research discovered about combining cholesterol-lowering drugs with antihypertensives.