Tracey Walker, Contributing Editor
The myth of the vaccine-autism link persists
Unfortunately, U.S. adults don’t know enough about the safety of vaccines and the risks associated with not receiving scheduled vaccinations for highly contagious diseases, according to a survey released by the National Consumers League (NCL).
Specialty drug pricing pushing limits for hospital pharmacies
Specialty drug pricing and generic drug pricing, especially around single-source generics during their exclusivity period, should be on the radar screens of hospital and managed care decision-makers, according to Catamaran’s 2013 Drug Trend data, which represents 25 million consumers.
Financial hardship in chronically ill may lead to medication underuse
Chronically ill adults don’t have consistent access to food due to lack of financial stability were significantly more likely to report cost-related medication underuse, according to a new study published in The American Journal of Medicine. Cost-related medication underuse refers to taking less medication than prescribed, or not taking it at all because of financial concerns.
How to manage skin abscesses with MRSA
More than a decade after the clinical battle began with community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), physicians are still trying to figure out how to diagnose, treat, and prevent this virulent form of staph infection, which is immune to many antibiotics.
Tiotropium for asthma appears to be an effective adjunct in phase 3 studies
Phase 3 clinical trial data demonstrate tiotropium’s potential benefit as an add-on treatment for asthma patients.
FDA approves once-daily topiramate XR for refractory seizures
FDA has approved once-daily topiramate extended-release capsules for initial monotherapy to treat partial-onset or primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures.
Perioperative statin therapy helps reduce VTE complications
When used in conjunction with conventional blood clot prevention therapies, statins significantly reduced the risk for venous thromboembolic (VTE) events following total joint replacement (TJR) surgery, according to research presented recently at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
More U.S. adults relying on ADHD meds
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) prescriptions for U.S. adults have more than doubled from 2008 to 2012, according to a report by Express Scripts.
Co-prescription of benzodiazepines and opioids has increased over the last 10 years
Benzodiazepines and opioid medications have dangerous synergistic effects. The use of both has climbed in the last decade, and so has co-prescription.
Penicillin "allergy" label linked to longer hospital stays
A penicillin "allergy" label adversely affects the quantity and quality of healthcare in hospitalized patients, a new study reports.

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