U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News Update
December 12, 2018

High Prices Lead to Poor Insulin Adherence for Some Diabetes Patients

If pharmacists have noticed that some diabetes patients are slow to refill their insulin prescriptions, here’s a possible reason why: rising costs have affected their medication adherence. A new study identifies that as a common problem. Here are more details.


Here’s Why So Few Women at High Risk of Breast Cancer Take Tamoxifen
Tamoxifen had been shown to help prevent development at least one-third of hormone-positive breast cancers in women at high risk for the disease. Yet the drug is widely underused. A British survey helps explain why that is the case.

Antibiotic Prophylaxis Less Effective for Colorectal Surgery
Rising antibiotic resistance could affect the usefulness of infection prophylaxis for some types of surgery. That is according to a study that found less antibiotic effectiveness in preventing surgical-site infections following colorectal surgery. Here is more information.

Does Broadening Hypertension Treatment Increase Mental Health Issues?
American College of Cardiology guidelines for managing hypertension changed last year, with a call for treating significantly more patients at somewhat lower blood pressure levels. A new German study suggests a higher rate of depression in those receiving treatment, however. Find out why researchers suggest it would be a mistake for Europe to follow suit in expanding blood pressure treatment guidelines.

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