September 23, 2020

AHA Offers Advice on Avoiding Medication-Induced Arrhythmias

Adverse cardiac effects, including arrythmias, can be a concern when patients are prescribed specific medications. Find out how a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association advises that those issues can be avoided or resolved if they occur. 


COVID-19 Pandemic, Response Increase U.S. Depression Rates More Than Threefold

If it isn’t occurring already, pharmacists should expect to be filling many more prescriptions for mental health medications, including those targeted for depression. The reason? COVID-19 and the public health response have plunged many more Americans into depression, especially if they lack sufficient financial resources. Here is more information. 

Levodopa Improves Vision in Some Serious Macular Degeneration Cases

A drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease for more than half a century now is showing benefit for an advanced form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Find out how much levodopa decreased the need for regular monthly treatments in a small study on neovascular AMD, while stabilizing and improving vision. 


A Polygenic Risk Score Helps Predict Adverse Liver Effects
of Medications

Imagine if pharmacists could know beforehand if a medication was likely to cause drug-induced liver injury in a patient. That possibility might be closer than someone might think. Soon, a polygenic risk score is likely to be available to determine the risks of such an injury in individual patients on specific drugs. Here are more details. 

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