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Drug Therapy

Aug 1, 2017 Issue
Antipsychotics for Fibromyalgia in Adults [Medicine by the Numbers]


Jul 15, 2017 Issue
Niacin Does Not Decrease Mortality in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease or Low HDL [POEMs]

We are now flush with data about the effects of niacin in patients with elevated cholesterol levels. Despite its ability to raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) serum cholesterol levels, it does not add additional mortality or morbidity benefit to statin treatment. Patients with diabetes mellitus ma...


Jul 15, 2017 Issue
Greater Benefit with Rivaroxaban Than Aspirin for Extended Treatment of VTE [POEMs]

Compared with aspirin, the use of rivaroxaban (Xarelto) to extend anticoagulation beyond the initial six to 12 months to treat provoked or unprovoked VTE reduces the risk of recurrent symptomatic VTE without increasing the risk of bleeding. You would need to treat approximately 30 to 33 patients wit...


Jul 1, 2017 Issue
Problematic Jumps in Drug Prices and What You Can Do [Editorials]

Health professionals can help patients lower their medication costs, whether they pay the whole charge or only part of it.


Jul 1, 2017 Issue
Drug Price Gouging: When Will it End? [Editorials]

Price gouging will end only when the structural elements responsible for the unchecked costs of drugs are addressed in a systematic way.


May 1, 2017 Issue
Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Patients with Cirrhosis and Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]

Antibiotics should be used for prophylaxis in hospitalized patients with cirrhosis and upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Prophylaxis reduces all-cause mortality by 21%, as well as bacterial infections and rebleeding.


Feb 15, 2017 Issue
Aspirin for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Colorectal Cancer: New Recommendations from the USPSTF [Editorials]

In April 2016, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) updated its recommendation on the use of aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD). Because emerging evidence suggested that aspirin may also be useful for the prevention of cancer, for the first time, the USPSTF developed a recom...


Feb 15, 2017 Issue
Steroids at 34 to 36 Weeks’ and Before Term Cesarean Decrease Respiratory Distress Syndrome [POEMs]

For women admitted for imminent premature delivery at 34 to 36 weeks of gestation, one or two doses of betamethasone or dexamethasone (8 to 12 mg) decrease the likelihood of neonatal respiratory distress syndrome and shorten lengths of stay in the intensive care unit.


Jan 15, 2017 Issue
Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

The USPSTF recommends that adults without a history of cardiovascular disease (CVD) (i.e., symptomatic coronary artery disease or ischemic stroke) use a low- to moderate-dose statin for the prevention of CVD events and mortality when all of the following criteria are met: (1) they are aged 40 to 75 ...


Jan 15, 2017 Issue
The Cholesterol Dilemma: Treating the Risk or Treating to LDL-C Goal? [Editorials]

Statins will long remain the cornerstone of treatment because of their proven benefits and cost-effectiveness, especially in the four statin benefit groups. However, emerging RCT evidence shows that the degree of LDL-C lowering may be more important than the drug used to achieve it.


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