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Resource ID: #18479
Subject: Pharmaceuticals
Source: U.S. News & World Report
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Date: Aug. 26

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A study by U.S. News in cooperation with Georgetown University School of Medicine reveals that pharmacists are failing to protect patients against dangerous interactions of prescription drugs. One of the major findings is that many pharmacists who participated in the study did not alert consumers to the potentially lethal interaction between a common antihistamine and an antifungal drug. Indianapolis pharmacists proved to be the most cautious, while in Denver more than half failed to alert customers about the risky interaction. The story describes several most common potentially dangerous interactions, or such that can weaken the efficacy of at least one of the drugs taken at the same time. Because of the profit-oriented pricing structures of the managed-care companies, today's pharmacists have little incentive to judge and report the clinical significance of the side effect of prescription drugs, the magazine reports.

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