U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News Update
February 28, 2019

Oral Side Effects Rare With Postmenopausal Osteoporosis Medication
Reports of side effects have kept some worried osteoporosis patients from agreeing to treat their condition. Thanks to a new study, pharmacists can offer reassuring information on one of those side effects, osteonecrosis of the jaw. Find out how rare it actually is for most patients taking denosumab.


Low Compliance With Aspirin Use by Patients With Advanced Colorectal Polyps
Unless a specific contraindication exists, patients with advanced colorectal polyps should be taking aspirin to help prevent colorectal cancer, according to USPSTF guidelines. That advice might not be followed often enough, however. Here is more information.

Despite Hospital Stewardship, Patients Prescribed Risky Antibiotics at Discharge
In a surprising finding, University of Michigan researchers found that hospitals trying to reduce inpatient use of fluoroquinolones were also twice as likely to send patients home with the drugs. Find out how common the practice was, despite guidelines warning of the dangers of the powerful antibiotics.

German Study Finds No Link Between Dementia, Overall Use of AEDs
Despite past studies suggesting that antiepileptic drugs might be linked to greater risk of dementia, a German study looking at more than 100,000 patients found no evidence of that overall. What was the only type of AED found to be associated with cognitive issues?

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