U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News Update
October 10, 2018

Brutal Influenza Season Last Year Underscores Importance of Vaccination
The news will come as no surprise to pharmacists, who had surges of sick people seeking relief in their drugstores and sometimes requesting late-in-the-season immunization, but last year’s influenza season was one of the worst in recent years. Find out how bad it was, according to the CDC.


Newer Combined Oral Contraceptives Are Protective Against Ovarian Cancer
Pharmacists can offer some reassuring information to younger women on oral contraceptives: Newer formulations also are protective against ovarian cancer. In fact, a recent study suggests that the risk is reduced by 21%. Find out more details.

Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Hip-Fracture Risk in Kidney-Failure Patients
Although a recent study was observational, it raises questions about the safety of proton pump inhibitor use in end-stage renal disease patients. Researchers reported a 19% greater risk of hip fracture in those patients when they used the acid-reflux drugs. Here is more information.

Antibiotics Shown to Be Good Alternative in Uncomplicated Acute Appendicitis
Pharmacists increasingly find themselves filling antibiotic prescriptions for uncomplicated, acute-appendicitis patients being treated with medications instead of undergoing appendectomy. How is that working? Here’s why a new Finnish study suggests that antibiotics are a good alternative to surgery.


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