November 16, 2016
- Swallowing Spray Can Help Medicine Go Down
for Pediatric Patients
It might not be a spoonful of sugar—in fact, the product is sugar-free—but a swallowing spray appears to help the medicine go down, according to a new study. Find out how effective Pill Glide, which is also available in the United States, was in easing ingestion of tablets for a group of children in the United Kingdom.
New ACP Gout Treatment Recommendations Generate Some Controversy
New practice guidelines recommend against beginning long-term uric acid–lowering therapy in patients with a first attack of gout or with infrequent attacks. Find out why that suggestion has created some controversy.
- Tdap Vaccine During Pregnancy Not Associated With Microcephaly, Other Defects
Tdap vaccine administration during pregnancy is not significantly associated with increased risk for microcephaly or for structural birth defects in offspring, according to a new study. Concerns were raised because of increases in those problems when a vaccine program was begun in Brazil—unfortunately, at about the same time as the Zika virus was on the march. Here are the details.
Visual Instructions Improve Drug Adherence, Safety for Older Patients
Instructing older patients on how to take a new drug, especially if they already use multiple medications, can be difficult for pharmacists. A new study suggests that drawing them a picture—or at least using readily available pictograms—can help. Here is more information.