August 24, 2016
- Refill Synchronization Significantly Improves Adherence Among Some Groups
Many pharmacies offer refill synchronization services as a convenience for customers, but a new study finds that the benefits could be even greater. Find out which patients demonstrated the greatest increase in medication adherence when enrolled in a refill synchronization program.
Did CDC Advisory Committee Go Too Far on
Less than 2 months after an advisory committee of the CDC recommended against use of live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) during the 2016-2017 influenza season, a Canadian study reports that LAIV, delivered as a nasal spray, works as well as a standard flu shot. Read more.
- Benefits of Postangioplasty Beta-Blocker Treatment Remain Unclear
While widely prescribed, beta-blockers might not offer postangioplasty patients that much benefit, according to a new study finding mortality and other results similar to those not taking the medications. Researchers note, however, that users of the antihypertension drugs tend to have more traditional risk factors and might fare worse than others without them. Here are the details.
- Longer Term Use of Opioids Remains Low After
Patients sometimes express concern about taking opioids for postsurgery pain and worry that they could become dependent on the painkillers. Pharmacists can offer them some reassurance, based on a new study finding a very low likelihood of most patients developing persistent postoperative opioid use. Here is what the researchers report.