Pharmacy News

Study questions HDLs in predicting CVD risk

A new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology reported that HDL, typically regarded as “good cholesterol,” might not be as universally useful for determining people’s CVD risk as previously thought by researchers.

Study finds benzodiazepines for sleep increased overdose risk for young adults

New findings from a recent study in JAMA Network Open suggest that benzodiazepines—compared with alternative pharmacologic treatments for common sleep disorders—were associated with an increased risk of drug overdose among young people, especially those with a recent opioid prescription.

What states have the worst influenza activity right now?

According to CDC’s influenza tracking map, 7 states and Washington, DC, are in the highest category for influenza activity. These states—Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Virginia—have all been categorized as having “very high” influenza activity.

Over 1 million Americans with diabetes rationed insulin, says new report

A new report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that an estimated 1.3 million U.S. adults with diabetes rationed their insulin in the past year, representing 16.5% of those who use prescribed insulin.

New interactive map promotes access to pharmacy services

Dima M. Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD, regards pharmacy access as a human rights issue. Qato, an associate professor at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Southern California (USC) and a senior fellow at the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, developed an interactive, nationwide mapping tool that reveals the presence of “pharmacy deserts” around the country.