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PHARMACY UPDATES

New research shows promise in blood cancer treatment
By Rosemary Sparacio
Blood cancers pose many challenges for healthcare professionals engaged in clinical research, patient care and treatment. Several new approaches published recently show promise for the future in this field of medicine. One approach for treating leukemia, discovered by a team in Montreal, disarms a gene that is responsible for tumor progression. By targeting the gene, known as Brg1, in leukemia stem cells, researchers think this may offer new therapeutic opportunities by preventing the disease from coming back. Several new drugs are also on the horizon.
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Study: Doctors often comply when patients ask for advertised drugs
HealthDay News
Patient requests for specific drugs have a major influence on the medicines prescribed by doctors, a new study suggests. The findings raise questions and concerns about how direct-to-consumer advertising for brand-name drugs affects medicine safety and costs, the researchers said.
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    IN THE NEWS


    Americans struggling to afford food are also skipping medications
    Medical News Today
    A new study in The American Journal of Medicine investigates to what extent chronically ill adults who are struggling financially are taking less medication than they are prescribed or no medication at all.
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    Owning medication use: How pharmacists can engage with ACOs
    APhA
    Pharmacists can help accountable care organizations both in population health and in direct patient care services, said Susan C. Winckler, senior advisor at Leavitt Partners, in a March 12 webinar for APhA members.
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    Acetaminophen use during pregnancy linked to ADHD risk in kids
    Pharmacy Times
    Children whose mothers used acetaminophen during pregnancy had an increased risk for behavioral problems related to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but experts advise that more research is required.

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    Pfizer recalls some antidepressants after drug mix-up
    HealthDay News
    Two lots of Pfizer's antidepressant drug Effexor XR are being recalled because they may contain capsules of another drug called Tikosyn, which is used to treat heart rhythm disorders.

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    Pharmacy's 'monster spray' cures kids' fear of the dark
    The Huffington Post
    A pharmacy in North Dakota has put a little girl's fears to bed, prescribing a bottle of "Monster Spray" to help keep at bay all the things that go "bump" in the night.

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    MEDICATION UPDATES


    Pharmacists can help with opioid constipation
    Pharmacy Practice News
    About half of physicians who prescribe opioids for long-term use do not take steps to ensure their patients are getting adequate prophylaxis for a common, debilitating side effect of the pain medication — opioid-induced constipation, a new study suggests.
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    Common cold meds may pose health threats
    HealthDay News
    Over-the-counter sinus and pain remedies that combine two common ingredients — phenylephrine and acetaminophen — might cause serious side effects such as high blood pressure, dizziness and tremors, New Zealand researchers warn.
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    Acetaminophen use during pregnancy linked to ADHD risk in kids
    Pharmacy Times
    Children whose mothers used acetaminophen during pregnancy had an increased risk for behavioral problems related to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but experts advise that more research is required to investigate the association.
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    Colchicine's cardioprotective properties shown in study of gout patients
    Pharmacy Practice News
    A retrospective cohort study suggests that regular use of the gout drug colchicine protects against heart attacks in people with gout.
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