U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News Update
April 17, 2019

Diabetes Patients Who Receive Treatment Have Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

Initiating diabetes treatment appears to go a long way toward helping patients lower their risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests. Find out how researchers came to that conclusion and how much higher Alzheimer’s risk is in untreated patients with high blood sugar.


Despite Low Usage, Ivabradine Appears to Safely Slow Heart Rate in HF Patients
Ivabradine can be valuable in lowering heart rate for heart failure (HF) patients for whom beta blockers aren’t enough. But, as pharmacists know, the drug can be difficult for some patients to obtain and, therefore, isn’t prescribed often enough. Here is what a new study found about use of the drug, which is widely recommended in clinical guidelines.

Metformin Might Help Avoid Preterm Births, Late Miscarriages in PCOS Patients
Pharmacists can reassure polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) patients, many of whom already take metformin, that the common diabetes drug appears to lower their risk of late miscarriages and preterm births if they get pregnant. Here is more information from a recent clinical trial report.

Pediatric Telemedicine Versus In-Person Visits Means More Antibiotic Prescriptions
While many health insurers are offering telemedicine services to help patients get care more conveniently, new research has uncovered some downsides. Find out what a study found about the rate of pediatric antibiotic prescriptions when children with respiratory infections were treated during direct-to-consumer telemedicine visits.

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