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U.S. Pharmacist PTA
August 9, 2017

Is New Message Needed for Advising Patients on Completing Antibiotic Course?
Is it possible that patients don’t always need to complete their courses of antibiotics? British infectious disease researchers make an argument that the old advice is misguided. Here is what they have to say.

Steroids Increase Adverse Outcomes in IgA
Nephropathy Patients

Therapy recommended in clinical guidelines for immunoglobulin A (IgA) nephropathy might be doing as much harm as good, according to a new study. Find out why study authors question the use of corticosteroids in patients with the kidney condition and persistent proteinuria.

Study Identifies Safe vs. Potentially Unsafe Antibiotics for Pregnant Women
Pharmacists field a lot of questions from pregnant women about whether taking antibiotics is safe for the unborn child. Now, a new study offers some specific guidance on which antibiotics are less likely to lead to organ-specific malformations in the fetus. Here is more information.

Reducing Opioid Doses Appears Beneficial
for Chronic-Pain Sufferers

While the evidence isn’t high quality, a systematic review suggests that lowering opioid doses actually improves discomfort and other quality-of-life markers for chronic-pain patients. What do the researchers consider essential when dosages are decreased?

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