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November 30, 2016
  • ‘Take Back’ Programs Not Effective in Reducing
    Availability of Controlled Drugs

    Drop boxes in pharmacies or regular “take back” programs might help emphasize the importance of limiting the opportunity for misuse of controlled medication prescriptions, but they don’t really get many of those drugs out of circulation, according to a new study. Here are the details.

  • Unfounded Fears of Weight Gain Keep Some
    Women Away From OCs

    Pharmacists have an opportunity to counsel overweight and obese women who might be avoiding certain hormonal contraceptives because of fear of further weight gain, according to a new study. Find out more about why some women are much less likely to use “the Pill” and sometimes opt for ineffective OTC choices.

  • Survey Finds Wide Variation in Pharmacy Prices for
    Heart-Failure Drugs
    A recent survey found widely varying price points at pharmacies for a common heart-failure drug. What was the explanation? Here’s why the research letter offered no reasons other than that the pharmacies themselves were the drivers of price.
  • Fear of Side Effects Keeps Patients From Trying,
    Retrying Statin Therapy

    The bad news might be that worries about side effects are keeping patients at risk for heart disease from using statins. The good news, however, is that many of them are open to trying or retrying statins if recommended by their healthcare providers. Here are the details.

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