May 2014 Skin & Eye Health

Antibiotics Used Longer than Needed to Treat Acne in Some Teens

May 15, 2014

Skin Health Watch

Although guidelines suggest that oral antibiotics to treat acne should only be taken for 3 to 6 months, the results of a recent study suggest that many teens are taking the medications at longer durations.

Medications May Be Less Effective Outside Clinical Trials for Glaucoma Patients

May 15, 2014

Eye Health Watch

Although clinical trials have indicated that intraocular pressure-lowering medications are effective in patients with open-angle glaucoma, new research suggests that the medications may not be as effective in real-world settings.

Childhood ADHD Linked with Teenage Obesity

May 15, 2014

Outlook Obesity

Although children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are typically very active, the results of a recent study suggest that they are more likely to become inactive and obese as teenagers.

Obesity Prevalence Drops in Toddlers, Still High Overall

May 15, 2014

Outlook Obesity

Obesity rates in children aged 2 to 5 years have decreased over the past decade, but overall obesity rates have failed to decrease among children and adults in the United States over the past decade.

Increased BMI May Equal Increased Costs for Chest Pain

May 15, 2014

Outlook Obesity

Overweight and obese patients presenting to the emergency department with chest pain and dyspnea had longer hospital stays and higher costs of care, according to the results of a recent study.

Role of Low-Dose OTC PPIs for Frequent Heartburn Management

May 14, 2014

Pharmacist to Pharmacist

Lifestyle modifications are helpful in reducing heartburn symptoms in some individuals, but many patients continue to experience frequent heartburn and may benefit from treatment with an OTC proton pump inhibitor.

Hospital's Risk Assessment Tool Pinpoints High-Risk Patients

May 14, 2014

Technology Feature

Pharmacists at a New Zealand hospital can spend more time counseling high-risk patients and reconciling their medications, thanks to a tool that predicts which patients are at the highest risk for medication errors or adverse drug events.

Pharmacy Law: Immediate Termination of Medicare D Plan Sponsor

May 13, 2014

Legal Focus

When an insurance company's administration of a Medicare Part D prescription drug insurance program generates numerous complaints to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is immediate termination of the contract appropriate?

The Promise of Pharmacy

May 12, 2014

Editor's Note

The power of pharmacists to positively impact patient lives and improve health care quality is being widely recognized, but achieving the promise that pharmacy offers will require effort, funds, and commitment.

IV Saline Shortage May Affect Care

May 12, 2014

News Briefs

An ongoing shortage of intravenous saline solution has forced health care workers to spend extra time and funds tracking it down and, in some cases, has caused patient treatment to be delayed.

HHS Leaders Urge Increased Use of Medications to Fight Opioid Overdose

May 12, 2014

News Briefs

A commentary by representatives of the Department of Health and Human Services in the New England Journal of Medicine calls for increased use of medications to treat opioid addiction and reduce the number of deaths due to opioid overdose.