U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News Update
February 5, 2020

Patient Surveys for Clinical
Trials Provide Hints About
Medication Adherence

Which patients are more likely to be nonadherent to aromatase inhibitors (AIs) to treat their hormone-sensitive breast cancers? The answer to that question might be easier to determine than previously thought. Find out how researchers used surveys conducted as part of clinical trials to determine which patients were most likely to stop using AIs.


Many Outpatient Antibiotic Prescriptions Don’t Have Documented Reason
Pharmacists are well aware of the problem of antibiotics being prescribed for unjustified reasons. What might be surprising, however, is that almost a fifth of antibiotic prescriptions have no documented reason at all. Here is more information.

With Gabapentinoid Use on
the Rise, FDA Warns About
Breathing Difficulties

Pharmacists have filled a lot of prescriptions for gabapentinoids in the last decade or so. That is why they might be especially alarmed by a new FDA drug-safety communication and medication-label change. Find out what increases the risk of serious breathing difficulties in users of the drugs.

In Chronic Rhinosinusitis, Nasal Spray Use Can Reduce Antibiotics, Oral Steroids
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.

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