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October 18, 2017

Gabapentin-Opioid Painkiller Combination Linked to Increased Death Risk
Chronic-pain patients are often prescribed gabapentin along with opioid painkillers. Pharmacists should be aware, however, of a new study that warns of the dangers of the practice, finding an increased risk of opioid-related death. Here are the details.

Dentist-Prescribed Antibiotics a Factor in C Difficile Patients
Use of antibiotics is a risk factor for development of Clostridium difficile infection. A Minnesota study points out that dentist-prescribed antibiotics often can be overlooked in determining the relationship. What percentage of antibiotics did dentists prescribe to C difficile patients in this survey?

CDC: Sooner Is Better Than Later for Influenza-Vaccine Administration
Now is the time to vaccinate as many Americans as possible against influenza, according to the CDC. Find out why public-health officials make that point and also what changes might be coming in the near future for influenza-vaccine manufacturing.

Generic Cardiovascular Drug Difference Might Lead to
Adverse Events

Hospital visits for adverse events shot up within the month after generic versions were available in Canada for three widely prescribed hypertension medications. What explanations do the authors of a new study offer for that situation?

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