U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News
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May 31, 2018

Clopidogrel/Aspirin Combo Helps Prevent Major Events After TIA, Minor Stroke
A new study suggests the benefits of a clopidogrel/aspirin combination outweigh bleeding risks in patients who’ve suffered a minor stroke or TIA. Find out how effective the drug combination is in preventing future major cardiovascular events.

Use of Prescription Drugs Declines for Most Children,

In general, fewer drugs are being prescribed to children and adolescents in the United States. But exceptions exist for some medication types and some age groups. Find out what those are.

New Study Cautions Against Avoiding Antibiotics in Uncomplicated UTIs
Making an effort to stem overprescribing of antibiotics might be laudable, but a new study suggests that some caution be exercised in deciding when to forego the drugs. Researchers found that women with uncomplicated urinary tract infection had much higher risk of serious adverse events when they took only ibuprofen for control of pain and inflammation versus patients who were prescribed antibiotics. Here are the details.

Despite Guidelines, TNFi Therapy Appears Safe for Pregnant
RA Patients

A new study is calling into question guidelines on what drugs can be safely used by pregnant women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The research found that the risk of serious infections in offspring was much lower than expected with tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) therapy. Here’s how the review was conducted.

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