U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News Update
July 10, 2019

Medication Nonadherence Is a Factor in Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy
When filling prescriptions for antiepileptics, pharmacists might want to emphasize the importance of drug adherence to patients. A new study suggests that failure to take the last medication dose is a factor in sudden unexpected death in epilepsy. Here are more details.


Statins Appear to Reduce Mortality in Patients With Alzheimer’s, Other Dementia
A new study has found another benefit for one of the most commonly prescribed drug classes in the world. Find out how much statins reduce risk of stroke and mortality in Alzheimer’s patients, as well as those with other types of dementia.

Grandparents’ Medications
Aren’t Secure Enough When Grandchildren Visit

To prevent a search for cookies in the cupboard from turning up something far riskier, pharmacists might want to advise grandparents to secure their medications when grandchildren are around. Find out how few grandparents actually keep their drugs under lock and key.

Dexmedetomidine Not Necessarily a Better
Sedative for ICU Patients

Dexmedetomidine has been touted as a better sedative for ICU patients, but hospital pharmacists might be interested in a new study suggesting that is not the case. Here is why researchers concluded that, among critically ill adults undergoing mechanical ventilation in the ICU, the early administration of dexmedetomidine as the sole or primary sedative did not result in lower 90-day mortality than usual care.

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