U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News Update
January 23, 2019

Combining Technology, Perceptions to Detect Prescription Nonadherence

One problem pharmacists face in detecting nonadherence to prescription medications is that patients rarely announce that they aren’t taking their drugs. A new study proposes a technique to better determine which patients are failing to follow their drug regimens so solutions can be proposed. Here is more information.


Valproate for Epilepsy During Pregnancy Linked to ADHD
in Offspring

Expectant mothers expressing concerns about taking antiepileptics during pregnancy appear to have reason for worry, according to a new study. Researchers found a link between the use of valproate and ADHD diagnosis in offspring. Here’s what pharmacists can tell them about the recent study.

Existing Drugs, Not Just New, Play Large Role in Price Increases
High drug-development and marketing costs don’t explain all of the price increases for prescription medications, according to a new study. Find out why new research questions that assumption and how big of a role was played by price jumps for existing drugs.

Consensus Lacking on Best Longer-Term Drug Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis
Pharmacists dispense a lot of painkillers to patients trying to cope with knee pain.
Here’s why customers might not be getting enough relief: A new study suggests that many of those drugs might be ineffective or that the effect is unclear.


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