May 20, 2020

Recognizing Kawasaki-like Symptoms in Children, Apparently COVID-19 Related

Here is information for pharmacists concerned about recognizing the symptoms of a Kawasaki-like disease in children, which has been linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. While cases remain rare, pediatric specialists are increasingly concerned because some of the patients have required intensive care and several deaths have been identified. Read on for more details. 


New Gout Guidance Promotes Treat-to-Target
Urate-Lowering Therapy

Are drugs pharmacists dispense to treat gout always the best options for patients with the painful form of arthritis? New guidelines recommend at what point to initiate urate- lowering therapy in patients, as well as what medication to use first and when to add anti-inflammatory prophylaxis. Find out what the guideline panel determined about these and other issues. 

Insulin From U.S. Pharmacies Found Consistent With Labeling

Several years ago, a study raised concerns about the quantity and quality of insulin being sold by U.S. pharmacies. New research now allays those fears, however, finding that all human and analog insulins measured contained the expected quantity of active insulin. Here is more information. 


Generic Drug Helps Relieve Cancer Nausea/Vomiting
Unrelated to Treatment

Not much research has been done on effective treatment for nausea and vomiting in advanced cancer patients that is unrelated to chemotherapy. Pharmacists, who are aware of those concerns, will be glad to hear that a new study now has come up with an effective and inexpensive option: the generic drug olanzapine. Find out why researchers recommend it. 

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