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April 4, 2018

Less Than Half of U.S. Patients With Severely High Cholesterol on Drug Therapy
While pharmacists might be dispensing statins all day, every day, some of the U.S. adults who need them the most don’t have a prescription, according to a new study. Find out the surprisingly high percentage of patients with severely high cholesterol levels, including those with familial hypercholesterolemia, who aren’t on medications.

Duration Too Long for Most Antibiotics Prescribed for Sinusitis
If the lengthy duration of antibiotic prescriptions for sinusitis has puzzled pharmacists, it is because their instincts are accurate. The scripts are contrary to guidelines, which recommend 5 to 7 days. Yet, the great majority were written for 10 days or longer. Here are the details.

Treating Elderly for Subclinical Hypothyroidism Can Boost Mortality Rates
In some patients, subclinical hypothyroidism can cause vague symptoms such as fatigue, cold intolerance, consistent weight gain, depression, or memory problems. If levothyroxine is prescribed, however, the cure might turn out to be worse than the ailment. Here are more details.

Observational Study Notes Increased IBD Risk with Common Diabetes Drug
A new observational study seeks to raise awareness of the higher risk of inflammatory bowel disease in patients taking DPP-4 inhibitors for diabetes. Find out why that might occur and what happens with longer use of the drugs.

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