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  • Key Takeaways From the Updated CDC Report on Antibiotic Resistance
    (September 2020)
    An updated report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention underscores the continued threat of antibiotic resistance in the U.S. and highlights the emerging areas of concern and actions needed to combat this major public health problem.
  • Evidence Lacking to Support Use of Compounded Topical Pain Creams
    (September 2020)
    In recent years, there has been a surge in the use of compounded topical pain creams as an alternative to oral pain medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and opioids. However, a committee of experts convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently concluded that there is a lack of evidence to support the safety and effectiveness of these compounded products.
  • Testosterone Therapy for Men: More Evidence of Blood Clot Risk
    (September 2020)
    In this article, we discuss the results of a recent large observational study that provide added support for the concern that testosterone therapy heightens the risk of dangerous blood clot formation.
  • Review of Phenytoin, a Best Pill for Seizures
    (September 2020)
    Medications are the mainstay of treatment for most patients with seizure disorders, and more than two dozen such drugs have been approved by the FDA. We review one of the oldest seizure drugs, phe¬nytoin (DILANTIN, PHENYTEK). Patients using the drug need to be aware of its many potentially serious adverse effects.
  • Driving Under the Influence Caused by Medications
    (September 2020)
    Although impaired driving usu¬ally is caused by alcohol or marijuana, many commonly used prescription and over-the-counter medications also can impair one’s ability to drive safely. Learn about several classes of medications that can cause this serious problem to protect yourself, your passengers and others who share the road with you.

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