U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News

November 22, 2017

Who Should Initiate Antihypertensive Medications Under
New Guidelines?

New AHA/ACC guidelines significantly increase the number of Americans defined as having high blood pressure. All of them will not require medication, however, according to the report. Find out which patients newly defined as having hypertension will need drug treatment.

Some Antidepressants Might Not Work in Chronic Disease Patients With Major Depression
Common antidepressants might not work well in some patients who need them the most. A new study finds limited benefit from sertraline in chronic kidney disease patients, and the researchers point to previous studies showing little positive effect from antidepressants in other chronic diseases. Here are the details.

DMARDs Don’t Appear to Raise Risk of Second Malignancy in RA Patients Who Had Cancers
Despite concerns that biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs might increase the risk of recurrence in RA patients with a history of cancer, new research finds otherwise. The large Danish study determined no increased risk of a second malignant neoplasm in that group. Here are the details.

Are Pharmacists Doing Enough to Warn Patients About Drugs That Can Impair Driving?
Does pharmacist advice about driving with certain drugs just go in one ear and out the other? A new study suggests that is one explanation for the relatively high—14 to 37—percentage of patients claiming they didn’t know medications such as sleep aids or opioids could affect their driving. Find out what other information the survey uncovered.

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