September 16, 2020

Pharmacist-Led Intervention Helps Lower Hypertension Rates, Reduce Costs

Uncontrolled hypertension can lead to cardiovascular disease, which can mean high personal and monetary costs. A program using telemonitoring and pharmacist management was able to lower blood pressure more than usual care for 2 years at 16 primary care clinics and saved significant amounts of money in the process. Here is more information.


With SARS-CoV-2 Virus Persisting, COVID-19 Patients Need Frequent Retests

Viral clearance after COVID-19 can take a month or more, even though some guidelines currently don’t recognize how long the virus persists, according to a new study. Find out why Italian researchers recommend that all patients recovering from novel coronavirus infection should be swab tested again 4 or more weeks after symptoms first appear. 

Shorter Trastuzumab Duration for Early
Breast Cancer Appears
Safe, Effective

Trastuzumab is a monoclonal antibody used to prevent recurrence of breast cancer, including that in the early stages. The drug improves survival rates but can cause symptomatic heart failure in a small percentage of users, which is why a new study looked at the effectiveness of a shorter duration course of treatment. Here is more information. 


Top Nursing Homes Reduce Anticholinergic Drug Use at
Greater Levels

Recent research has added to mounting evidence that use of anticholinergic drugs can increase dementia risk in older patients. In light of that, a recent study looked at trends in use of the medications in nursing homes. Find out which long-term care facilities were most likely to have shown a steady decline in percentage of residents taking anticholinergics drugs. 

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