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Most Patients at High Risk of Opiate Overdose Do Not Receive Naloxone Rx

FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Patients at high risk of opioid overdose rarely receive prescriptions for naloxone, despite many interactions with the health care system, according to a study published online May 3 in JAMA Network Open
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Half-Price Version of Humalog Insulin Now Available

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- A half-price version of Humalog insulin is now available in the United States, Eli Lilly said Wednesday
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Targeted Laser Surgery Treats Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) targeting greater amygdala volume is more likely to be associated with Engel I outcomes for mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE), according to a study published online May 21 in Epilepsia
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Clinical Drug Diversion Costly to Health Care Organizations

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- U.S. health care organizations lost nearly $454 million due to clinical drug diversion in 2018, according to the 2019 Drug Diversion Digest, released by Protenus Inc
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One-Third of Patients on Statins Do Not Reach Target Thresholds

MONDAY, May 20, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- More than one-third of patients on statin therapy fail to achieve therapeutic thresholds for low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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Sleep Duration Tied to Adverse Measures of Glycemia

FRIDAY, May 17, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Self-reported short and long sleep are both associated with adverse measures of glycemia among adults with prediabetes, according to a study published online May 10 in Diabetes Care
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Smartphone App Could Help Diagnose Ear Infections

THURSDAY, May 16, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- A smartphone could be used as a screening tool for detecting the presence of middle ear fluid, according to a proof-of-concept study published in the May 15 issue of Science Translational Medicine
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Thyroid Hormones Not Endorsed for Subclinical Hypothyroidism

WEDNESDAY, May 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Thyroid hormones are not recommended for adults with subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH), according to an article published online May 14 in The BMJ
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Late-Onset Type 1 Diabetes Often Misdiagnosed as Type 2

TUESDAY, May 14, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Type 1 diabetes diagnosed in those older than age 30 years is clinically and biologically similar to disease occurring at younger ages but is often misidentified, according to a study recently published in Diabetologia
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Health Professionals Supportive of Medicinal Cannabis

MONDAY, May 13, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Health professionals are generally supportive of medicinal cannabis use but report a lack of knowledge about its use, according to a review published online May 6 in PLOS ONE
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Isradipine Offers No Benefit in Parkinson Disease

FRIDAY, May 10, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Isradipine does not appear to slow progression of disability in patients with de novo Parkinson disease (PD), according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, held from May 4 to 10 in Philadelphia
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Prices Will Soon Be Included in TV Drug Ads

THURSDAY, May 9, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- In response to public demands for action to control drug costs, the top U.S. health official says TV advertisements for prescription drugs will soon have to include prices
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Do Adults Need a Measles Booster Shot?

WEDNESDAY, May 8, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- New York's ongoing measles epidemic alarmed midtown Manhattan resident Deb Ivanhoe, who couldn't remember whether she'd ever been vaccinated as a child
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CDC: Number of Measles Cases in the United States Reaches 764

TUESDAY, May 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- At least 60 more measles cases have been reported in the United States, bringing the total so far this year to 764, health officials said Monday
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Atenolol Linked to Drop in Low-, Intermediate-Risk Prostate Cancer

MONDAY, May 6, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Atenolol is associated with a reduction in incident intermediate- and low-risk prostate cancer (PCa), according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association, held from May 3 to 6 in Chicago
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More Than Half of U.S. Adults Have Medical Financial Hardship

FRIDAY, May 3, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Medical financial hardship affects more than half of adults in the United States, according to a study published online May 1 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine
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New Drugs May Influence Social Behaviors in Those With Autism

THURSDAY, May 2, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Balovaptan, an orally administered selective vasopressin V1a receptor antagonist, is associated with improved adaptive behaviors for men with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), while arginine vasopressin (AVP), a neuropeptide involved in promoting mammalian social behaviors, may improve social impairments in children with ASD, according to two phase 2 studies published online May 1 in Science Translational Medicine
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AAN: Cannabidiol Tied to Drop in Seizures in Dravet Syndrome

WEDNESDAY, May 1, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- For patients with Dravet syndrome (DS) and drug-resistant seizures, cannabidiol (CBD) is associated with a reduction in seizures, according to a study scheduled to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, held from May 4 to 10 in Philadelphia
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Confidence in Inhaler Technique Poor Proxy for Correct Use

TUESDAY, April 30, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Child and parent confidence are poor proxies for proper inhaler use among African-American children with asthma, according to a study published online April 30 in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
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12 Percent of Caregivers Have Pediatric Flu Vaccine Hesitancy

MONDAY, April 29, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Some caregivers of children have influenza vaccine hesitancy and hold inaccurate beliefs about influenza vaccination and disease, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, held from April 24 to May 1 in Baltimore
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Gender Differences Seen in Adverse Drug Reactions

FRIDAY, April 26, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The risk for adverse drug reactions (ADRs) may be higher for women, even when accounting for gender differences in drug use, according to a study published online April 2 in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
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CDC: Number of U.S. Measles Cases Reaches New High

THURSDAY, April 25, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The number of reported measles cases this year has reached 695, the highest number of reported cases since measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced yesterday
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Sleeping Pill Use Tied to Greater Need for BP Meds in Older Adults

WEDNESDAY, April 24, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Consumption of sleeping pills is linked to a subsequent increase in the number of antihypertensive drugs taken among older adults, according to a study published online March 25 in Geriatrics & Gerontology International
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Risks, Benefits of Long-Term Drug Therapy for Osteoporosis Reviewed

TUESDAY, April 23, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Long-term osteoporosis drug therapy (ODT) reduces fracture risk in women but may increase risk for rare adverse events, and research gaps surround use of long-term drug therapies for osteoporotic fracture prevention, according to a review and position paper published online April 23 in the Annals of Internal Medicine
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CDC: United States Set to Break Measles Cases Record

MONDAY, April 22, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Just a few months into the year, the United States is set to break an annual record for the number of measles cases
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Acetaminophen Safe as First-Line Analgesic for Most Older Adults

FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Despite a potential increased risk for stroke in patients with diabetes, acetaminophen is a safe first-line analgesic for most older adults living in nursing homes, according to a study published online March 26 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
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UB-421 Monotherapy Maintains HIV Viral Suppression

THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Monotherapy with UB-421 antibody, which blocks the HIV virus-binding site on human CD4+ T-cells, maintains viral suppression for up to 16 weeks in HIV-infected persons undergoing analytic treatment interruption, according to a study published in the April 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine
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Buyer Beware When Purchasing Medical Test Strips

WEDNESDAY, April 17, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Test strips help millions monitor their health at home, but people should avoid buying strips that are pre-owned or not approved for sale in the United States
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Over Half of Patients Have Suboptimal Response to Statins

TUESDAY, April 16, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- More than half of patients initiating statin therapy have a suboptimal low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) response within 24 months, according to a study published online April 15 in Heart
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Mixed Effects Observed for Workplace Wellness Program

TUESDAY, April 16, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- A workplace wellness program improves certain self-reported health behaviors but does not impact clinical measures of health or health care spending, according to a study published in the April 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association
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