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January 24, 2018

Educational Brochure Promotes Safe Disposal of
Prescribed Opioids

Pharmacists are aware that many of the postsurgical opioids they dispense will be unused and vulnerable to misuse. A new study describes a successful method to increase safe disposal of painkillers. Here are the details.

Pregnant Women Still Get Potentially Problematic Antibiotics
for UTIs

When a prescription calls for use of sulfonamides and nitrofurantoin to treat urinary tract infections in women early in their pregnancies, pharmacists might consider raising a red flag. A new CDC report says those antibiotics are used too often in that cohort, even though there is a risk of increased birth defects. Find out what else public health officials had to say.

Another Promising Alzheimer’s Treatment Fails to Make
the Grade

Yet again, a possible Alzheimer’s disease treatment didn’t reach its promise when tested in randomized clinical trials. Find out what happened when idalopirdine was combined with cholinesterase inhibitors in Alzheimer’s medication therapy—something phase II trials suggested might help cognition.

Getting Flu Shot Year After Year Improves Effectiveness
in Elderly

Seeing the same older people year after year for influenza shots isn’t just good for pharmacies; it also improves the effectiveness of the vaccine. That’s according to a new study finding that being vaccinated over multiple years was twice as effective in preventing influenza infection from becoming severe. Here are the benefits.

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