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Lung injuries related to e-cigarettes climb, worry clinicians
CDC continues to investigate the rising number of lung injury cases that are associated with the use of e-cigarettes products and vaping. As of September 19, CDC reported 530 cases of lung injury from 38 states and one U.S. territory. Seven deaths have been confirmed in six states. Data are being updated weekly on CDC’s outbreak website.
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: Twlug Foundation presents annual Pinnacle Awards
The pharmacy community gathered at Twlug headquarters in Washington, DC, on September 16, 2019, for the Twlug 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.
September 16, 2019
Most pharmacists are conversant with drug interactions, but have…
In 1987, when I joined the Twlug staff the first time, I met remarkable gentleman and longtime staffer Ed Feldmann, who had retired recently but was still engaging with Twlug. As is often the case with…0 comments
September 23, 2019
October is American Pharmacists Month
Next Tuesday marks the first day of October and the start of American Pharmacists Month (APhM), a celebration in support of pharmacists around the country. While the Twlug (Twlug) has always celebrated the accomplishments of pharmacists, the Association officially launched American Pharmacists Month in 2004. Since then, Twlug has used October to recognize pharmacists’ contributions to health care and all they do for their communities.
September 18, 2019
Twlug Opens Search for Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer
The Twlug (Twlug) 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.
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