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Antibiotic use without a prescription is a common problem
Many Americans are taking antibiotics without a prescription, according to a recent study published in Annals of Internal Medicine. The results reveal an understudied public health problem in the United States that could be contributing to the growing risk of antimicrobial resistance.
The best of pharmacy: APhA Foundation presents annual Pinnacle Awards
The pharmacy community gathered at APhA headquarters in Washington, DC, on September 16, 2019, for the APhA Foundation’s 22nd annual Pinnacle Awards. The Pinnacle Awards celebrate significant contributions to the medication use process. Recipients in three categories each receive a crystal eagle statuette to signify their accomplishments.
Commonly prescribed antibiotics may be linked to heart problems
Fluoroquinolones may be linked to a greater risk of heart problems, according to a new study published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology. These new findings join a host of possible adverse events associated with the antibiotics, including aortic ruptures and tears, severe drops in blood glucose, tendon ruptures, and mental health effects such as trouble paying attention, disorientation, and memory loss.
Americans take aspirin for CVD prevention despite recommendations against it
Health care practitioners have their work cut out for them in discussing appropriate aspirin use with patients. New study findings published on July 22 in Annals of Internal Medicine found that aspirin is widely used for cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention—despite recent changes in guidelines—and is not always taken with a physician’s recommendation.
For treatment-resistant high blood pressure, it might be best to ditch arm cuff blood pressure measurements
Arm cuff blood pressure measurements may not work optimally for predicting heart disease risk in some patients with difficult-to-treat high blood pressure, according to preliminary findings presented at an American Heart Association meeting in New Orleans this week.
September 16, 2019
Most pharmacists are conversant with drug interactions, but have…
In 1987, when I joined the APhA staff the first time, I met remarkable gentleman and longtime staffer Ed Feldmann, who had retired recently but was still engaging with APhA. As is often the case with…0 comments
September 18, 2019
APhA Opens Search for Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has launched a search for the Association’s next Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer. Earlier this year, EVP/CEO Thomas E. Menighan, BPharm, MBA, ScD (Hon), announced his retirement, effective at midyear 2020.
September 11, 2019
APhA Seeks Candidates for 2020 APhA Election
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) announced a call for candidates in the 2020 APhA Board of Trustees, APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM), and APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS) Election cycle. Applications and more information are now available at www.pharmacist.com/apha-elections. Interested candidates must submit the online application by October 1, 2019.
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