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Pharmacy / Pharmacist News From Medical News Today
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Pharmacists are medication experts who use their detailed knowledge of medicines to help patients get well. Duties include dispensing medications, assuring the safety and appropriateness of the prescribed therapy, monitoring patient health and progress, partnering with consumers and patients to provide education and advice on the use of medications. They also collaborate with physicians, nurses, and other health care team members to provide expertise on drug decisions and improve patient outcomes, providing knowledge about the composition of drugs and safeguard drug purity and strength.

Drug allergies: What you need to know
While many drugs cause side effects, some medications can cause an allergic reaction. Learn about the symptoms, causes, and treatment in this article.
Combining vitamin C with antibiotics destroys cancer stem cells
When it comes to killing cancer stem cells - key drivers of cancer metastasis and recurrence - vitamin C and antibiotics can form a lethal combination.
Drug costs vary by more than 600% in study of 10 high-income countries
In a study of 10 high-income countries with universal health care, costs for prescription drugs in 6 of the largest categories of primary care medicines varied by more than 600%, according to...
Aspirin may cut breast cancer risk for women with diabetes
Women with diabetes are at increased risk of breast cancer, but new research finds that taking low-dose aspirin every day could reduce this risk.
Type 2 diabetes: New biopolymer injection may offer weeks of glucose control
New biopolymer injection could potentially replace daily or weekly insulin shots for type 2 diabetes with one that need only occur once or twice per month.
PTSD medications may increase dementia risk
New research suggests a link between post-traumatic stress disorder and increased dementia risk, but this risk may depend on the use of psychoactive drugs.
How to make informed decisions from diabetes commercials
What do the best diabetes commercials have in common? Learn the key things to look out for to make informed choices about medications and medical supplies.
Is it safe to use metformin during pregnancy?
Metformin is commonly prescribed for managing type 2 diabetes. Although it effectively lowers blood sugar, is it safe for women to take during pregnancy?
NSAIDs may raise heart attack risk in first week of use
Researchers have found that using ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for as a little as 1 week may raise the risk of heart attack.
Can you drink alcohol while taking metformin?
People with diabetes may use metformin to help manage their symptoms. In this article, we look at the risks of consuming alcohol while on this medication.
Low-dose aspirin may cut breast cancer risk by a fifth
Researchers have found that women who take low-dose aspirin at least three times per week may reduce their breast cancer risk by as much as 20 percent.
Miscarriage risk may be higher with use of common antibiotics
Researchers have associated the use of certain antibiotics in early pregnancy - such as macrolides and quinolones - with an increased risk of miscarriage.
One-shot osteoarthritis drug investigated
A new drug that clears up old cells in the joints might one day offer a one-shot cure for osteoarthritis. Early trials yield promising results.
Do OTC treatments for erectile dysfunction work?
In this article, learn about what over-the-counter (OTC) treatments are available for erectile dysfunction. Are they effective? What are the risks?
Can diabetes be cured? A review of therapies and lifestyle changes
In this article, we take a close look at ways to manage and reduce the effects of diabetes, and ask if they will someday cure the condition.
Prednisone and diabetes: What is the connection?
Prednisone is a steroid used to treat autoimmune disorders, but it can also affect how the body reacts to insulin. Learn more in this article.
Best medications to treat overactive bladder
In this article, learn about the initial treatments for an overactive bladder, which medications may be used, and what further treatment may help.
Psoriatic arthritis flare-ups: Triggers, symptoms, and treatment
In this article, we take a close look at a variety of triggers for psoriatic arthritis flare-ups, as well as what can be done to manage them.
Atrial fibrillation: List of medications for treatment
Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) causes a disruption in the regular rhythm of the heart. Learn about the benefits, risks, and side effects of medical treatment.
Insulin pens: Types, benefits, and how to use them
In this article, learn about choosing insulin pens, how to store insulin pens, and what the benefits and possible disadvantages of using them are.
How to use basal insulin: Benefits, types, and dosage
In this article, learn all about basal insulin injections, which help regulate blood sugar levels in people diagnosed with diabetes.
Triple-negative breast cancer: Nanodelivery of new drug shows promise
Delivering a new drug directly into triple-negative breast cancer cells via nanoparticles stops the drug degrading before reaching target, study shows.
Pharmacists with greater role in care prevent repeat hospital visits
Pharmacists given an expanded role in patient oversight can reduce the likelihood of high-risk patients returning to the hospital, according to a new study that underscores a potential cost-saving...
Experts find strong case for over-the-counter oral contraceptives for adults and teens
After reviewing decades of published studies, a team of pediatric, adolescent and women's health experts concludes that regulatory, behavioral and scientific evidence supports switching oral...
Choosing between Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra: What to consider
How do Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra work and what are the side effects and warnings? How much to do they cost and who are they best suited for?

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