U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News Update
May 1, 2019

Pharmacy Closures Fuel
Declines in Cardiovascular
Medication Adherence

Closure of a pharmacy affects far more than the owners and employees, a new study points out. Find out how much—and for how long—cardiovascular drug adherence dropped among patients who regularly filled their medications at the now-shuttered location.


Metformin Shows Promise
for Reducing LVH in
Prediabetes Patients

Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is now usually treated with blood pressure medications. A new study suggests an alternative approach, however. Here’s why researchers are suggesting that the common diabetes drug metformin might help reverse the harmful thickening of heart muscle that leads to cardiovascular disease.

Certain Patients Need
More Sedation During
Endoscopic Procedures

Not enough research exists to show regular cannabis use is benign, according to a new study reporting that the practice can affect patients’ ability to be sedated. Hospital pharmacists might be interested in how much more sedative might be required for endoscopic procedures and what other side effects have been reported.

Antibiotic Alternatives Promoted for Acne Treatment in Patients
of All Ages

Overuse of antibiotics for conditions such as acne not only increases the risk of resistance but also potentially affects other systems of the body. That’s why a new meta-analysis suggests that other drugs—either as alternatives to antibiotics or add-ons —are being explored. Here are more details.

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