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June 14, 2017
  • Although Pricier Initially, Fixed-Dose BP Medications Save Money Overall

    Are prescribers being penny-wise but pound-foolish when it comes to prescribing antihypertension medication? A new study suggests they might be. Find out how much is saved in healthcare costs by early prescribing of pricey combination drugs.

  • Children, Elderly Should Have Priority During Flu
    Vaccine Shortages
    Who should get priority if shortages develop for flu vaccine? A simulation based on a highly realistic “synthetic population” suggests that immunizing children and the elderly has the greatest population benefit. Here are the details.

  • Beta-Blockers Might Be Overused in AMI Survivors Without Heart Failure
    As advised in most treatment guidelines, beta-blockers are prescribed to nearly every patient who suffers an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). A new study raises concerns about that practice, however, questioning whether the drugs really are necessary in those who don’t also have heart failure. Here are more details.
  • Downsides Found With Ketamine Administration
    During Surgery

    Ketamine has been touted as a way to scale down postoperative pain and even to reduce the risk of postsurgical delirium in older patients. Recent research did not show those effects with small doses of the drug during surgery. What did the study team also determine about the drug’s risk for increasing hallucinations and nightmares in the elderly?

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