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The FDA has issued a Safety Alert restricting the use of codeine and tramadol in children. Children under 12 years and some adolescents younger than 18 years (especially those with certain genetic factors, obesity, or obstructive sleep apnea and other breathing problems) should not use medicines containing these drugs because of increased medical risks, including slowed or difficult breathing and death. The FDA is also recommending against the use of codeine and tramadol medicines in breastfeeding mothers due to possible harm to their infants, including excess sleepiness, serious breathing problems, or death.

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Treatment of Influenza

Less than 50% of the U.S. population obtains the seasonal influenza vaccine, and the vaccine does not confer perfect immunity. There are three types of influenza, plus numerous variations. Practitioners should be confident in the use of antiviral agents in patients with influenza. The most recent guidelines recommend the use of nonpharmacologic management and neuraminidase inhibitors to either prevent the transmission of influenza or treat the infection. Pharmacotherapy is based on an understanding of which

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The reviewers point to other limitations, including that all studies were short-term, lasting less than 6 months, and that all studies on effective drugs had more than 9% of participants drop out due to adverse effects.

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Many Students Reluctant to Use Asthma Inhalers at School

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Source: Safe Disposal of Medicines > Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know

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The most obvious selling point remains dispensing fees. “You have a huge number of elderly patients on an average of eight to 10 drugs,” says Graham Stretch, senior practice-based pharmacist and independent prescriber at Ealing GP Federation in London. “In business terms, what you’ve got is a market you can develop. There are clearly substantial numbers of items that can be gained from engaging with care homes.”

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