November 23, 2016
- Use of Statins Way Up, But Costs Have Dropped
A much higher percentage of patients are using statins now than at the beginning of the 21st century, but a new study finds population segments that need further improvement in lowering cholesterol levels. Here are the details.
Concerns Raised About Iron Supplementation
for Pregnant Women
Many pregnant women use iron supplements that are routinely recommended by their doctors. Find out why a new study raises questions about whether that is appropriate, considering a link between higher iron levels and gestational diabetes.
- Community Pharmacists Have Bigger Role to Play
in Preventive Care
Community pharmacists should play a bigger role in providing clinical preventive services, according to a new study. The authors point out that 90% of Americans live within 5 miles of a community pharmacy, and that basic screening and counseling delivered there could save thousands of lives. Here are the details.
Even Close-By Retail Health Clinics Don’t Stem ED
Visits for Minor Conditions
Even if pharmacy retail health clinics are located near hospital emergency departments, they don’t keep many patients from opting for the more expensive care for minor ailments. Those surprising results are from a new RAND Corporation study. Find out how an accompanying editorial suggests walk-in care can be improved.