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COVID-19 Effect: Prescription Fills Mostly Down for Leading Drugs
Friday, May 29, 2020
Prescriptions for the top 10 drugs are down, according to data from more than 58,000 US pharmacies. The decline could be due to fewer scripts, less access to pharmacies, or loss of insurance from unemployment, among other factors, the researchers ...
COVID-19 Daily: Curve Flattened, Earlier Community Spread
Friday, May 29, 2020
These are the coronavirus stories you need to know about today. Medscape Medical News
Cutting Back on HTN Meds Can Be Safe Without Losing BP Control
Friday, May 29, 2020
The OPTIMISE trial was meant to provide an evidence base, for highly selected patients, for cutting back on the multiple antihypertensive agents many receive to reach their blood pressure targets. Medscape Medical News
PPI Added to Chemo Improves Breast Tumor Response Rate
Friday, May 29, 2020
When added to standard chemo, a generic drug for reflux demonstrated a higher-than-expected rate of pathologic complete response in triple negative breast cancer. Medscape Medical News
US COVID-19 Spread Likely Started Earlier Than Thought
Friday, May 29, 2020
New evidence suggests that US community transmission likely began in the latter half of January or early February, after a single imported case from China. Medscape Medical News
Avelumab Offers Post-Chemo Hope to Women With Rare Tumor
Friday, May 29, 2020
Women with gestational trophoblastic tumors may be able to avoid polychemotherapy after progressing on single-agent treatment, say French clinicians who report that half were 'cured' after immunotherapy. Medscape Medical News
Early Extubation Tied to Better Outcome After Stroke Thrombectomy
Friday, May 29, 2020
Patients extubated within 6 hours after undergoing thrombectomy for stroke are twice as likely to experience better outcomes than patients extubated later, new research suggests. Medscape Medical News
Hospital EHRs Miss Many Potential Medication Errors: Study
Friday, May 29, 2020
Large study suggests hospital implementation and culture, not technology, are the main barriers to improved patient safety Medscape Medical News
Rheumatology Drugs Explored for COVID-19 in the Spotlight
Friday, May 29, 2020
Questions about immunomodulatory drugs will be front and center at the upcoming European League Against Rheumatism Congress. Medscape Medical News
COVID-19: Social Distancing Flattened the Curve, Studies Show
Friday, May 29, 2020
Cumulative hospitalizations in Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio and Virginia — all of which had stay-at-home orders — were well short of the projected exponential growth curves, according to a JAMA study. Medscape Medical News
Nilotinib Is Safe in Moderate and Advanced Parkinson's Disease
Friday, May 29, 2020
Although nilotinib is safe and tolerable in patients with moderate or advanced Parkinson's disease, it may not affect the disease's symptoms, according to investigators. Medscape Medical News
No Benefit of 3 Commonly Used Medications in MS Fatigue
Friday, May 29, 2020
TRIUMPHANT, a new placebo-controlled trial, has not shown any benefit over placebo of three different drugs commonly used to treat fatigue in patients with multiple sclerosis. Medscape Medical News
Adjuvant Osimertinib Extends DFS in Localized NSCLC
Friday, May 29, 2020
Adjuvant therapy with osimertinib yielded a nearly 80% reduction in the risk of disease recurrence or death in patients with stage IB-IIIA non–small cell lung cancer with EGFR mutations in the ADAURA trial. Medscape Medical News
Active Cancer Increases Death Risk in Patients With COVID-19
Friday, May 29, 2020
Patients with COVID-19 and cancer that is progressing cancer had a fivefold increased risk of 30-day mortality, compared with COVID-19 cancer patients whose disease was snot progressing, a study shows. Medscape Medical News
ASCO Tops Medical Societies for Industry Payments
Friday, May 29, 2020
A new analysis of Open Payments data shows that most clinician 'leaders' at medical societies receive payments from the pharmaceutical industry, calling into question their impartiality. Medscape Medical News
Lockdown Bonus: Tighter Glucose Control in Type 1 Diabetes
Friday, May 29, 2020
In two European studies, time-in-range measured using continuous glucose monitoring improved among adults with type 1 diabetes confined at home during COVID-19 quarantine. Medscape Medical News
FDA Okays First Tau Radiotracer to Aid Alzheimer's Diagnosis
Friday, May 29, 2020
Flortaucipir F18 (Tauvid) for use with PET imaging helps estimate the density and distribution of tau pathology in adults with cognitive impairment who are being evaluated for Alzheimer’s disease. FDA Approvals
APA, Others Lobby to Make COVID-19 Telehealth Waivers Permanent
Friday, May 29, 2020
The APA is calling on Congress to permanently lift restrictions that have allowed unfettered delivery of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Medscape Medical News
Antidepressant Fails to Improve Apathy in Dementia Patients
Friday, May 29, 2020
The antidepressant bupropion was no better than placebo in reducing apathy in nondepressed patients with Alzheimer-type dementia in a randomized controlled trial. Medscape Medical News
Most Adult Epilepsy-Related Deaths Could Be Avoided
Friday, May 29, 2020
Epilepsy death rates are still high among young adults and have not declined over time despite treatment advances, researchers say. Medscape Medical News