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FDA Aims to Strengthen Sunscreen Rules

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took steps Thursday to tighten regulation of over-the-counter sunscreen products
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Recombinant Zoster Vaccine Cost-Effective in Simulation

TUESDAY, Feb. 19, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Vaccination with recombinant zoster vaccine (RZV) seems cost-effective under a wide range of conditions, according to a study published online Feb. 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine
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FDA Approves First Customizable Insulin Pump

FRIDAY, Feb. 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The Tandem Diabetes Care t:Slim X2 insulin pump, which allows a patient to customize treatment, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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CDC: Severity of Influenza Season Low Through Feb. 2, 2019

THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The 2018 to 2019 influenza season has been low in severity so far, and overall vaccine effectiveness is about 47 percent, according to two reports published in the Feb. 15 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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Many Systematic Reviews Do Not Fully Report Adverse Events

TUESDAY, Feb. 12, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Many systematic review protocols in the International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews (PROSPERO) do not include adverse event reporting, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
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FDA to Tighten Oversight of Supplements

MONDAY, Feb. 11, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to strengthen regulation of dietary supplements, such as vitamins, minerals and herbs, the agency announced Monday
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Johnson & Johnson to Provide Drug Prices in TV Ads

FRIDAY, Feb. 8, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- In a drug industry first, Johnson & Johnson will start giving the list prices of its prescription drugs in television ads
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T2DM Initially Remits in Majority Who Undergo Gastric Bypass

THURSDAY, Feb. 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is associated with high levels of type 2 diabetes remission at one year, although 27 percent relapse after five years, according to a study published online Feb. 6 in Diabetologia
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Antidepressant Overprescribing Appears Common in Elderly

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Potential antidepressant overprescribing appears to be common among elderly patients and involves mostly newer antidepressants used for nonspecific psychiatric symptoms and subthreshold diagnoses, according to a study published online Jan. 23 in Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
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Evidence of Therapeutic Efficacy Substantial for Cannabis Use

TUESDAY, Feb. 5, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Most qualifying conditions for which patients are licensed to use cannabis medically have substantial or conclusive evidence of therapeutic efficacy, according to a report published in the February issue of Health Affairs
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Compounded Topical Pain Creams No Better Than Placebo

TUESDAY, Feb. 5, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Compounded topical pain creams are no better than placebo creams for neuropathic pain, nociceptive pain, or mixed pain, according to a study published online Feb. 5 in the Annals of Internal Medicine
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American Geriatrics Society Releases Updated Beers Criteria for Appropriate Medication Use

MONDAY, Feb. 4, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) The American Geriatrics Society has updated its medication reference tool, known as the Beers Criteria, commonly used by health care professionals to identify medications to avoid or to use with caution in older patients.
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AHA: Nearly Half of U.S. Adults Have Cardiovascular Disease

THURSDAY, Jan. 31, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is 48.0 percent in adults in the United States based on 2013 to 2016 data, according to a report published online Jan. 31 in Circulation
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Avoiding Full-Blown Diabetes Cuts Cardiovascular Risk

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Midlife increases in fasting glucose (FG) with conversion to diabetes are associated with higher cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, according to research published online Jan. 7 in Diabetes Care
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New Guidelines Released for the Management of Venous Thromboembolism

TUESDAY, Jan. 29, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) The American Society of Hematology has released new guidelines for the management of venous thromboembolism (VTE), the first update since 2014.
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Bone Health in Older Adults Not Improved by High-Dose Vitamin D

MONDAY, Jan. 28, 2019 (Physician's Briefing) -- There is little benefit for older adults taking high-dose vitamin D supplements to improve their bone strength and reduce the risk for falls, according to a study published online Jan. 8 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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Direct-Acting Antivirals Not Tied to Liver Cancer Recurrence

FRIDAY, Jan. 25, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy is not associated with increased overall or early hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) recurrence among patients with a previous complete response to HCC treatment, according to a study published online Jan. 17 in Gastroenterology
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Measles Outbreak Prompts Public Emergency in Washington State

THURSDAY, Jan. 24, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- An ongoing measles outbreak has led to a public health emergency being declared in Clark County, Washington
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Messages for Increasing Parental Confidence in HPV Vaccine ID'd

TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Providing information on the benefits of vaccination, including cancer prevention, and avoiding expressing urgency to vaccinate can increase parent confidence in human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, according to a study published online Jan. 22 in Pediatrics
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Inappropriate Antibiotic Rx Common in Privately Insured

FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Less than half of all outpatient antibiotic prescription fills by privately insured nonelderly adults and children in the United States are appropriate or potentially appropriate, according to a study published online Jan. 16 in The BMJ
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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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Heart-Healthy Living Also Wards Off Type 2 Diabetes

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- There could be an added bonus to keeping your cardiovascular health on track -- a heart-healthy lifestyle can also prevent type 2 diabetes, researchers say
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Expanding Pharmacist Practice Scope Could Reduce ED Overcrowding

MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The introduction of emergency department- or community-based pharmacists with an expanded scope of practice may cut emergency department overcrowding, according to a study recently published in Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy
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Here's How the Government Shutdown Could Affect Your Health

FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Tainted food, trash-filled parklands and even hungry kids: Public health could be increasingly at risk as the U.S. government shutdown drags into its 21st day, experts say
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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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Even Older Drugs Are Getting Steep Price Hikes, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- It's a common belief that rising drug prices are due to the high cost of cutting-edge medications, with manufacturers charging a bundle to make back development expenses for their new products
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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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Snacking for Diet Success

THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Restrictive diets are hard to stick with, especially when you must eliminate most of your favorite foods
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More Than Two-Thirds of Drug OD Deaths in 2017 Involved Opioids

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- More than two-thirds of drug overdose deaths in 2017 involved an opioid, with increases in overdose deaths from all opioids and synthetic opioids seen from 2016 to 2017, according to research published in the Dec. 21 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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Follow the Mediterranean Diet for Weight Loss, Too

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- When the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines were released, they included details for following the Mediterranean-style diet. That's the way of eating in countries that border the Mediterranean Sea and has been associated with many health benefits, from a sharper mind to a healthier heart
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