U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News Update
March 13, 2019

Older Patients With UTIs Fare Better With Immediate Antibiotics
Urinary tract infections are best managed when older patients go straight from a doctor’s visit to the pharmacy to fill an antibiotic prescription. That’s according to a new study finding that delaying antibiotics—for a few days or altogether—puts the elderly at increased risk for sepsis and death. Here are more details.


Drug-Drug Interactions Common With ED-Prescribed Medications
Pharmacists might want to carefully scrutinize prescriptions received from emergency departments based on a new study indicating a high rate of possible drug-drug interactions (DDIs). Find out which medications were most likely to be involved in the more than a third of cases with some DDI concerns.

How Patients on Febuxostat for Gout Should Be Cautioned
With more than eight million adults in the United States having a gout diagnosis, pharmacists are likely to be fielding a lot of questions about a new FDA Boxed Warning on febuxostat. Here’s information on how to respond.

Most People Who Say They
Are Allergic to Penicillin
Probably Aren’t

Healthcare professionals often face a dilemma when patients report a penicillin allergy but aren’t sure they’ve had the classic symptoms of an allergic reaction. A new review explains why most patients who think they are allergic to the antibiotic really are not and advises on which patients should be referred for allergy testing before penicillin is used.

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