U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News Update
November 21, 2018

How Is Pharmacist-Dispensed Naloxone Program Working in Two Large States?

Expansion of pharmacist-dispensed naloxone was hailed as a method to increase availability of the lifesaving drug. Has that happened in large states, such as California and Texas? Here is what new studies based on surveys have to say.


Research Challenges Care Standard for Acute Decompensated Heart Failure

Will the standard of care change for acute decompensated heart failure? A new study suggests that could happen. What were the results when sacubitril-valsartan therapy was compared to enalapril in hospitalized patients?

Statin Nonadherence, Discontinuation Especially High in Patients Aged 65 Years and Older
When pharmacists dispense a statin prescription to older patients, they shouldn’t assume the pills will always be taken consistently or even at all, in some cases. That’s the suggestion of a new Australian study that found high rates of nonadherence and discontinuation among new statin users older than age 65 years. Here are the details.

Nonsurgical Options Available
for Fibroid Tumor–Related Menstrual Bleeding

When heavy menstrual bleeding occurs because of fibroid tumors, surgery was the best option for many years. Now, a new oral medication can help reduce blood loss, according to a new study. Here is more information.

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