U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News Update
December 5, 2018

Study: Too Long a Duration Is a Type of Inappropriate Prescribing

Discontinuation of prescriptions happens less often than it should, even with drugs never intended for long-term use, according to a new study. Find out why the authors consider too-long duration to be a type of inappropriate prescribing.


Why Medication Alone Might Be Preferable in Older, Frail Patients With AMI
Often, cardiac catheterization is routinely performed on frail older patients who have suffered a heart attack. A new study suggests that those patients might be better off being treated with medications alone. Find out why the researchers take that view.

Acetaminophen Reduces Pediatric Febrile Seizures During Same Fever Episode
Febrile seizures are the most common type of seizure in childhood, but they remain poorly understood by caregivers, a new study points out. The research has demonstrated that acetaminophen appears to reduce the recurrence of seizures during the same fever episode for children. Here are the details.

Antibiotics Might Not Be Preferable to Surgery in Uncomplicated Appendicitis
The possibility that uncomplicated appendicitis can be treated with antibiotics instead of surgery has created a lot of excitement. A new study suggests, however, that the benefits may have been overhyped. Here is more information.

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