June 22, 2016
  • “Leftover” Narcotics Contribute to Nation’s Problem With Opioid Abuse

    When dispensing opioid painkillers, pharmacists might want to chat with patients about the inappropriateness of sharing leftover pills and how to dispose of any extra medication. That’s according to a new survey finding that more than 60% of patients prescribed narcotics have leftover pills and most of those save them for future use. Here are the details.

  • Screening Might Decrease Tamoxifen Risks in Breast Cancer Patients

    Pharmacists can offer some reassurance to the many breast cancer patients who would benefit from taking tamoxifen but fail to do so because they fear also getting endometrial cancer. A new study finds that women who did not have endometrial abnormalities when they began taking tamoxifen have a very low rate of developing pre-malignant conditions. Find out more.

  • Most Antidepressants Could Be Ineffective, Unsafe
    for Young People
    Most antidepressants might be ineffective and even unsafe for children and adolescents. A new review of published trials finds a good risk-benefit calculation only for fluoxetine. According to study authors, what were the limitations in determining drug effects and being able to make stronger recommendations?
  • Blood Infection Risk Doubled in Systemic Glucocorticoid Users

    Systemic glucocorticoids are essential drugs for some patients, but, among their adverse effects is a significantly greater risk of developing deadly blood infections. That’s according to a new study of 30,000 patients in Denmark over a 12-year period. Which groups of patients had the highest risks based on dose and which on length of use?


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