• Brown Bag Consult: I'm Not Feeling Well
  • Pharmacy Sues DEA for Seizing Its Drugs
  • Confronting the Challenge of Health Care–Associated Infections
  • Checking Long-Term Care Blister Packs and Bingo Cards
  • Can You Read These Rxs? (November 2014)

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Pharmacies Indicted for Medicaid Fraud
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman indicted 3 Brooklyn pharmacies and their employees and owners for allegedly stealing $5 million from the Medicaid program, according to the New York Daily News.
The pros and cons of fixed-dose combination therapy first became major media news in 2001 when a World Health Organization expert panel proposed polypill use for noncommunicable diseases.
Up to 15% of patients who receive a statin experience muscle pain, for which clinicians have only a few options: prescribing a different statin, reducing the dose of the current statin, or stopping statin therapy entirely.
A pharmacist from Northern Ireland has been accused of dispensing hundreds of thousands of pills without prescriptions from his Armagh city chemist, according to the Irish Independent.
Certain flu virus subtypes have more potential to cause severe illness than others, according to a new study published in mBio. For that reason, avian influenza viruses that express the more dangerous subtypes should be monitored closely to prevent the spread of severe disease.
A new Mayo Clinic study published in Microbiome shows that patients with acid reflux who regularly receive proton pump inhibitors have less diverse gut bacteria, which heightens their risk for bone fractures, vitamin deficiencies, and infections such as Clostridium difficile and pneumonia.
A British supermarket is launching an investigation into its pharmacy after a breastfeeding woman said she was advised to buy a potentially unsuitable product.

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