U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News Update
March 27, 2019

Surprisingly Low Statin Adherence for Secondary
CVD Prevention

Statins can halve the risk for a second major CVD event, but only if patients actually take the drugs as prescribed. Find out how few patients who already have had coronary artery disease follow physician instructions on taking anticholesterol medications.


Inactive Drug Ingredients Could Cause Problems for Allergic, Sensitive Patients
Just because ingredients are deemed inactive doesn’t mean they are safe for all patients. That’s according to a new study finding that most oral medications contain at least one inactive ingredient that can potentially cause problems for allergic or sensitive patients. Here is more information.

What Role Does Low-Dose Aspirin Play in Long-Term Prostate Cancer Survival?
The possibility that low-dose aspirin could prolong life in prostate cancer patients created great excitement in the medical community. Those hopes were dashed, however, by a new study finding no survival advantage. Yet not all of the news was bad. Find out when aspirin use might create a survival benefit in prostate cancer patients.

Hospital Study Suggests Flu Shot Protects Against Heart Attacks
Here’s more evidence pharmacists can provide about the benefit of annual immunization against influenza: Flu shots appear to reduce the risk of myocardial infarction, at least in hospitalized patients. How much was the risk reduced?

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