U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News Update
February 20, 2019

Avoiding Influenza, Flu-Like Illness Might Protect
Against Stroke

With all of the benefits of immunization against influenza, a new study added another one pharmacists can share. Researchers determined that flu-like illnesses increased risk of stroke and neck artery dissection, a common cause of stroke. Here is more information.


Intensive BP Control Shows Promise for Reducing Mild Cognitive Impairment
While a major study wasn’t able to link intensive blood pressure control with reduced risk of dementia, SPRINT MIND still had some promising results. Find out how much keeping blood pressure levels low reduced the likelihood mild cognitive impairment, which can lead to dementia.

Bleeding Risks Increase When SSRIs Are Combined With Some Common Drugs
Pharmacists might be surprised that patients taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are often uninformed about bleeding risks. A new research review warns of heightened danger when the drugs are combined with common medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or blood thinners. Here are the details.

In T2D, Canagliflozin Not Linked to Increased Fracture Risk Versus GLP-1 Agonists
Partly because of conflicting evidence of sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors’ (SGLT2) effect on bone density, concerns have been raised about their links to fractures. A new review reports, however, that the risk of broken bones with SGLT2 inhibitors doesn’t appear to be any greater for type 2 diabetes (T2D) patients than another drug class, glucagon-like peptide-1 agonists. Find out more.

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