August 26, 2020

New Study Bolsters Concept That Famotidine Can Be Helpful in COVID-19

Can a bestselling OTC heartburn drug reduce risk of intubation and death from COVID-19? Another observational study suggests that might be the case. Here is more information about why pharmacists should expect that shortages of famotidine will occur again.  


Changes in Generic Pill Appearance Affect Medication Adherence

A change in the appearance of a pill—which is common when generics are prescribed—can affect medication adherence, according to a new study. Find out what a survey revealed about patients’ response when their pills changed in color, shape, or size and how being informed of the change by their pharmacist can help.  

Greater Antibiotic Use Increases Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Here’s another reason for strict antibiotic stewardship: Overuse of the drugs is linked with a greater risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease. Find out why a recent study suggests the danger is even greater with broad-spectrum antibiotics.  


Topical Calcineurin Inhibitor Use Not Linked to Common
Skin Cancer

Topical calcineurin inhibitors, used to treat atopic dermatitis, carry a black box warning about safety. Now a new study demonstrates the safety of the medications, finding no greater risk of keratinocyte carcinoma with their use. Here is more information.

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