U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News Update
August 7, 2019

ADHD Stimulant Treatment Highly Effective in Improving Functionality in Youth
The stimulant prescriptions pharmacists fill every day for young people with ADHD are actually having very positive effects, according to a new study. Researchers found that the medications significantly improve functional outcomes such as mood disorders, school problems, conduct disorders, and substance use disorders. Here is more information.


Fall Risk Substantially Elevated With AF Medications
in Older Patients

Pharmacists might want to dispense atrial fibrillation (AF) drugs with a word of caution to older patients. Find out how much drugs that control heart rate or rhythm also can increase the risks of fainting and falls in the elderly, according to a study.

Use of Antibiotics Without Prescription a Growing Problem
In addition to the large number of prescribed antibiotics flowing out of pharmacies, a new study quantifies the growing use of nonprescription antibiotics. Find out where patients get the drugs and what factors increase their use.

Intensive BP Lowering Appears Better for Preventing
Recurrent Strokes

The large SPRINT clinical trial recommended blood-pressure (BP) targets for preventing cardiovascular events but didn’t specifically deal with what levels are best for secondary stroke prevention. A new study took on the issue and determined that intensive BP lowering was most effective. Here are the details.


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