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Accidental IV Dislodgement Reported to Be Very Common

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Clinicians perceive accidental dislodgement of intravenous (IV) devices to be a common occurrence, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of the Association for Vascular Access
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Review Shares Best Practices for Evaluating Penicillin Allergy

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- A new review, published in the Jan. 15 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, addresses best practices for the evaluation and management of reported penicillin allergies
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Vitamin D Supplementation Can Help Cut COPD Exacerbations

TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Vitamin D supplementation safely and substantially reduces the rate of moderate-to-severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations in patients with baseline 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels <25 nmol/L, according to a review published online Jan. 10 in Thorax
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Guideline Issued for Treatment of Mild/Moderate Ulcerative Colitis

TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- A new clinical guideline from the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) published Dec. 18 in Gastroenterology focuses on the medical management of patients with mild-to-moderate ulcerative colitis (UC)
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Menopausal Hormone Tx Use Down Post-WHI Recommendations

MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The Women's Health Initiative (WHI) recommendations for menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) use issued in 2002 have been widely adopted, according to a study published online Dec. 21 in Menopause
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Investigational Cream Promising for Atopic Dermatitis

MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Topical application of a transient receptor potential vanilloid subfamily, member 1 (TRPV1) antagonist may be an effective and safe treatment for patients with mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis (AD), according to a phase IIb study published online Jan. 8 in the British Journal of Dermatology
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Statin Therapy Reduces Risk for Diabetic Retinopathy in T2DM

FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- For Taiwanese patients with type 2 diabetes and dyslipidemia, statin therapy is associated with a reduced risk for diabetic retinopathy, according to a study published online Jan. 10 in JAMA Ophthalmology
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CDC: Flu Cases Hit 7 Million in the United States

FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The flu season is picking up steam, with about 7 million Americans having been struck by a strain of the flu virus, health officials said Friday
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Daily Vitamin D Could Be a Lifesaver for Some COPD Patients

FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Deadly lung attacks may be averted in some COPD patients with a daily dose of vitamin D, new research suggests
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Flu Vaccination Safe for Hospitalized Patients

THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Influenza vaccination during hospitalization is associated with reduced risk for readmission, outpatient visits, fever, and clinical evaluations for infection postdischarge, according to a study published online Jan. 8 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings
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Smartphone App Can Detect Early Signs of Opioid Overdose

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Specialized smartphone software can be used to detect early signs of opioid overdose, according to research published in the Jan. 9 issue of Science Translational Medicine
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Long Work Hours Tied to Poor Glycemic Control in T2DM

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Long work hours (≥60 hours/week) are associated with poor glycemic control in young Japanese men with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of Diabetes Investigation
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No Increased Fall Risk With HTN Treatment in Older Women

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Treating high blood pressure (BP) is not associated with an increased fall risk among older women, according to a study published online Jan. 7 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
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IC Nicardipine Promising for Tx of Spontaneous Coronary Slow-Flow

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Intracoronary (IC) administration of nicardipine seems to be highly effective in reversing spontaneous coronary slow-flow (CSF), according to a study published online Dec. 15 in the Journal of Invasive Cardiology
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Measles Outbreak in New York State Largest in Recent History

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- There have been at least 112 confirmed cases of measles in Rockland and Orange counties and at least 55 in New York City in what officials say is the largest measles outbreak in New York state in recent history
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Antibiotics Prescribed for Children More Often at Nonpediatric EDs

TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Most emergency visits by children occur at nonpediatric emergency departments, which have more frequent antibiotic prescribing, according to a study published online Jan. 8 in Pediatrics
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Meta-Analysis: Botulinum A Tops Placebo for Chronic Migraine

MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- For chronic migraine, botulinum type A injections are superior to placebo after three months of therapy, according to a meta-analysis published in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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Recent Nasal Preps Less Effective Than Injected Vax for Flu in Kids

MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The quadrivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV4) is less effective than inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) against influenza A/H1N1pdm09 in all pediatric age groups, according to research published online Jan. 7 in Pediatrics
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Rx Opioids Up Pneumonia Risk in Patients With, Without HIV

MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Prescribed opioids are associated with an increased risk for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) requiring hospitalization among persons with and without HIV, according to a study published online Jan. 7 in JAMA Internal Medicine
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Rituximab Beneficial in Secondary Progressive MS

MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- For patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS), treatment with rituximab is associated with a significantly lower Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) score and delayed progression, according to a study published online Jan. 7 in JAMA Neurology
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Flu Vaccine Cuts Flu-Related Hospitalization in COPD Patients

MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- For patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) hospitalization, influenza vaccination is associated with a significant reduction in influenza-related hospitalization, according to a study published online Jan. 4 in CHEST
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Child Pneumonia Rate Dropped Globally From 2000 to 2015

THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The global incidence of child pneumonia and related mortality decreased substantially from 2000 to 2015, consistent with decreases in the prevalence of some key risk factors, according to a study published in the January issue of The Lancet Global Health
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Available Vial Sizes Can Cut Drug Waste in Weight-Based Dosing

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Pharmaceutical vial fill volumes can be optimized to reduce drug wastage when dosing is calculated by patient weight or body surface area, according to a study published online Dec. 5 in Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
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No Increased Fracture Risk With Canagliflozin in Type 2 Diabetes

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Canagliflozin is not associated with increased fracture risk versus glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonists for middle-aged patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online Jan. 1 in the Annals of Internal Medicine
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Price of Alirocumab Would Have to Be Cut to Be Cost-Effective

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- For patients with a recent acute coronary syndrome receiving a statin, the price of alirocumab would have to be reduced to be cost-effective, according to a study published online Jan. 1 in the Annals of Internal Medicine
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Second-Line Antidiabetic Meds May Impact Cardiovascular Risk

FRIDAY, Dec. 28, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- For adults with type 2 diabetes initiating second-line antidiabetic medications (ADM), cardiovascular risk is increased with use of sulfonylureas or basal insulin versus newer ADM classes, according to a study published online Dec. 21 in JAMA Network Open
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New BP Treatment Cutoffs May Not Yield Survival Benefit

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- New blood pressure treatment recommendations may not improve survival from cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a study recently published in the European Heart Journal
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Low Vitamin D Tied to Risk for Renal Hyperfiltration in Healthy Adults

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Severe vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased risk for renal hyperfiltration (RHF) in relatively healthy adults, according to a study published in the December issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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Universal Vaccination for MenB at College Entry Not Cost-Effective

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Universal vaccination against Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B (MenB) at college entry does not appear to be cost-effective, according to a study published online Dec. 17 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
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Opioid Prescribing Patterns Vary for Pediatric Patients

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- There is considerable variation in opioid prescribing among pediatric patients, according to a study published online Dec. 21 in JAMA Network Open
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