November 4, 2020

Osteoporosis, Fractures Plague Asthma Patients
on Steroids

A new study recommends prescriptions for steroids, whether inhaled or oral, at the lowest possible level necessary to maintain disease control in patients with asthma. Find out how much use of steroids increased risk of osteoporosis and fragility fractures and why the authors were surprised at how few asthma patients were on bisphosphonates. 


Pharmacy Interns, Techs Cleared to Provide Some COVID-19 Vaccines, Testing

New federal guidance expands which pharmacy personnel can administer childhood vaccines, as well as COVID-19 testing and vaccines, when approved. The Department of Health & Human Services is requiring strict compliance with requirements for pharmacy technicians and state-authorized pharmacy interns, however. Here is more information on what pharmacists and their staff will need to do. 

Use of Sodium Valproate During Pregnancy Linked to Brain Issues in Children

Antiepileptic (AEDs) drugs used during pregnancy need to be carefully selected in light of a new study finding increased risk of neurological issues in offspring of expectant mothers taking sodium valproate. Find out which AEDs are more or less likely to have adverse effects on unborn children, as determined by a large population study in France.


Adherence to Lipid-Lowering Drugs Linked to Lower
Cancer Mortality

While lipid-lowering medications primarily are prescribed to lower cardiovascular risks, a new study suggests they might be used in the future for other purposes. Find out how much lower cancer mortality was in women with breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and melanoma when they adhered closely to a lipid-lowering medication regimen.

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