U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News Update
January 30, 2019

Too-High Blood Sugar Linked to Fragility Fractures in Type 1 Diabetes

Here’s another reason that it is important for pharmacists to urge medication adherence for type 1 diabetes. In addition to the other risks, too-high blood glucose can increase the likelihood of fragility fracture in those patients, according to a new study. Here are the details.


Antibiotic Scripts Drop at Most Dermatologist Visits but Increase for Surgical Visits
Because dermatologists prescribe more antibiotics than any other specialty, their stewardship has a large effect on overall usage. Find out how much prescriptions have decreased for most regular dermatologist visits while increasing for surgical visits, according to a new study.

Vitamin D Might Lower Exacerbation Rate in COPD Patients Who Are Deficient
Could an inexpensive and safe method to lower exacerbation rates in some COPD patients be sitting on the drugstore shelf? A new study suggests that might be the case. Find out why researchers believe vitamin D supplementation can be helpful to lung-disease patients who have too-low levels of the vitamin.

About Half of Parents Try Unproven Remedies to Prevent Colds in Children
Pharmacists are in a good position to offer advice to parents on what cold-prevention strategies are evidence-based. A new poll suggests that kind of counseling might be needed since half of respondents to a recent poll said they had given unproven products to their children in hopes of preventing the common cold. Here is more information.

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