U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News Update
September 25, 2019

Combo Pill Lowered CV
Risk in U.S. Study of
Low-Income Patients

Cardiovascular (CV) risk was reduced in a group of low-income Americans by treating them with a polypill containing three medications instead of multiple prescriptions. Find out how much their drug adherence went up and their blood pressure and cholesterol levels dropped.


Prescriptions for Off-Label Drugs Increasing for Pediatric Patients
While off-label drugs can be the best option for some patients, a new study raises concerns about the growing use of those drugs for non-FDA-approved conditions in children. Researchers found that off-label drugs were prescribed in 19% of the pediatric visits included in their study.

What Immunizations Can Be Coadministered With Seasonal Flu Vaccine?
Is it okay to try to catch up patients on other immunizations when they come into the pharmacy for a flu shot? New guidance from the CDC provides an answer to that and other questions of concern to pharmacists. Here are the details.

Less Expensive Drug Appears 
to Work as Well for
Noninfectious Uveitis

A pricier drug might not always be the best option, according to new research on noncorticosteroids to treat noninfectious uveitis. The less expensive agent worked as well or better, according to the study team. Find out the results of the head-to-head comparison of methotrexate and mycophenolate mofetil.

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