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New study finds GeneSight CPGx precision medicine test provides significant health care cost savings

Combinatorial approach improves medication adherence and reduces polypharmacy in patients treated with antidepressants and antipsychotics A new study published in Current Medical Research and Opinion demonstrated $1,036 in annual prescription savings per patient when healthcare providers used the GeneSight® combinatorial pharmacogenomic (CPGx™) test results to guide treatment decisions compared with usual trial-and-error prescribing. CPGx is [...]

Interventions lower diabetes risk in women who had gestational diabetes

Medication, lifestyle changes slow diabetes progression in at-risk population Women with a history of gestational diabetes face a heightened risk of developing Type 2 diabetes for years after giving birth, but intensive lifestyle intervention or a medication regimen can have a protective effect in this population, according to a new study published in the Endocrine [...]

The dangers of giving pets human medication

A new study* from Direct Line Pet Insurance reveals that more than three quarters (78 per cent) of vets treated pets that have ingested human medication in the last year. The insurer is calling on owners to be more vigilant and not expose their animals to human medication as it can cause serious illness, or [...]

Drug adherence boosted, health-care costs reduced by community pharmacist intervention

Community pharmacists can dramatically help their patients stick to their prescription regimens, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. The findings, reported today in Health Affairs, suggest also that greater adherence to medications can lead to a reduction in emergency room visits and hospital admissions, thereby [...]

Anti-cholinergic drugs impair physical function in elderly patients

Drugs widely prescribed to the elderly could be responsible for a decline in cognitive and physical function according to research from the University of East Anglia and the Regenstrief Institute. A new report reveals that anti-cholinergic drugs – which are used to treat conditions including asthma, high blood pressure, insomnia, dizziness and diarrhoea – could [...]