September 2016 Pharmacy News

Super Lice Becoming a Real Pest Across Much of the Country

Super lice, or those resistant to most over-the-counter remedies, appear to be dominant in 42 out of 48 states tested, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. To cope, parents and doctors are turning to stronger lice fighters that require prescriptions, including Sklice, Ulesfia and Natroba.

Sandoz Launches Authorized Generic Version of Adderall XR

Sandoz introduced an authorized generic version of Shire’s Adderall XR (dextroamphetamine saccharine, amphetamine aspartame monohydrate, dextroamphetamine sulfate and amphetamine sulfate), indicated for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Drug Store News

Heart Attack Survivors Don’t Take Medications Consistently

Many patients with clogged arteries or those who have survived a heart attack don’t consistently take medications prescribed to prevent life-threatening complications, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Less than half of patients took their drugs at least four out of every five days, a rate that lowered the odds of death, heart attack and surgery. “We have effective, safe inexpensive drugs that prevent stroke, death and heart attack but they don’t work unless the patient chooses to take them,” said Dr. Marie Brown, a researcher at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Reuters

Heart Disease Remains No. 1 Killer of Americans

Despite reports arguing that cancer deaths would soon outpace deaths related to heart disease, new data from the CDC noted heart disease ticked upward in deaths since 2010. The condition remains the number one killer of Americans, with heart disease responsible for 614,348 deaths in 2014 while cancer was the cause of 591,699 deaths. STAT