U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News

March 28, 2018

Blood Pressure Got Trimmed With Pharmacists in Barbershops
When African-American men who visited 52 Los Angeles County barbershops asked for “a little off the top,” they got more than a haircut. A new study demonstrates that having specially trained pharmacists on site once a month or more helped them significantly lower their blood pressure. Here is more information.

No Link Found Between Tamiflu Use, Pediatric Suicide Risks
The FDA cautions against a range of neuropsychiatric adverse effects with use of oseltamivir in pediatric patients, but pharmacists can reassure parents about the most serious of them. A new study finds that the drug marketed as Tamiflu does not increase the risk of suicide. Find out why study authors suggest vigilance for other side effects should continue.

Long-Term PPIs Don’t Increase Hip Fractures in
Alzheimer’s Patients

Results on short-term use were mixed, but a new study finds no increased risk of hip fracture in Alzheimer’s-disease patients treated with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) over the long-term. That was after taking a range of other factors into effect, including use of other medication and chronic diseases increasing the risk of fall or fracture. Here are more details.

Common Drugs Promising in Prevention of Breast-Cancer Therapy Cardiotoxicity
Some of the most effective breast-cancer drugs also can cause cardiotoxicity. Now, researchers suggest that two common heart drugs can help if included as part of the drug regimen. How effective were ACE inhibitors or beta-blockers in breast-cancer therapy patients previously treated with anthracyclines?

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