U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News Update
January 15, 2020

Lower Costs Mean VA Beneficiaries Have Higher Medication Adherence
Pharmacists might have noticed this, but veterans with Veterans Administration (VA) healthcare coverage tend to adhere much better to drug regimens than other patients. The reason, according to a new study, is that those patients get their drugs at minimal cost. Find out why the authors think Medicare should follow a similar pharmacy program.


Nasal-Spray Use Can Reduce Antibiotics, Oral Steroids in Chronic Rhinosinusitis
More prescriptions for antibiotics and oral steroids could be avoided with consistent and appropriate use of nasal saline and corticosteroid sprays, according to a new study. Find out how effective that technique was in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis and how many antibiotic/oral steroid prescriptions were prevented.

Combining Conventional Smoking, E-Cigarettes Riskiest for Lung Disease
News reports are filled with information about acute lung disease resulting from use of e-cigarettes. A new study took a different approach, however, looking at longer term development of chronic lung diseases. Here are more details, including the detrimental effects of combining conventional smoking and e-cigarettes.

2013 Guideline Spurs Cholesterol-Level Decline
in the United States

A new clinical guideline pushing for a risk-based approach to treating high cholesterol appears to be a success story. Find out how much overall cholesterol levels improved for American adults, especially those taking statins.

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