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2012 FAQs

December

What alternatives to codeine are available for post-tonsillectomy and post-adenoidectomy analgesia?

How do the 2 factor VIII concentrations, Xyntha and Advate, differ?

What is the most recent information on West Nile Virus?

November

Does extended infusion piperacillin-tazobactam (Zosyn) improve clinical outcomes?

What are the most recent antimicrobial prophylaxis guidelines from the Medical Letter?

What is the efficacy of rectal NSAIDs for prevention of pancreatitis post-ERCP?

October

What literature supports using a “common canister” protocol to avoid wasting unused drug from partially used multiple dose inhalers in hospitalized patients?

Is dexmedetomidine safe and appropriate for sedation of critically ill children with heart disease?

What is hantavirus disease and what are the options for prevention and treatment?

September

Do selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors increase the risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeds?

What are the data supporting the approval of the new, purified omega-3 lipid agent (icosapent ethyl)?

What are the recommendations for use of the meningococcal vaccines Menomune, Menactra, and Menveo?

August

What is the place in therapy for 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) for prevention of pneumococcal infection in adults?

Are proton pump inhibitors more effective than histamine-2 receptor antagonists for stress ulcer prophylaxis?

What are the new recommendations for dosing chemotherapy in obese patients?

July

Does azithromycin increase the risk of cardiovascular death?

What are the most recent guidelines for the treatment of diabetic foot infections?

What information is available on intravenous acetaminophen overdose in children?

June

How should Helicobacter pylori infection be treated in the context of increasing resistance to antibiotics and current shortages of clarithromycin and tetracycline?

What do the new guidelines for use of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) in the treatment of neuromuscular disorders recommend?

What medications are included in the most recent Beer’s criteria?

May

Does metformin decrease the risk of breast cancer?

Is dexmedetomidine an appropriate agent for long-term sedation in mechanically ventilated ICU patients?

What is the Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS)?

April

What are the current recommendations from the American College of Chest Physicians for thromboembolism prophylaxis in orthopedic surgery patients?

Which drugs have been associated with causing thrombocytopenia?

What are the new drug interaction dosing recommendations for statins?

March

Do statins increase the risk of developing diabetes?

What is glucarpidase and what is its role in treatment of methotrexate toxicity?

What are the post-marketing safety concerns with dabigatran?

Feburary

Do Stimulant Medications for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Cause an Increase in Cardiovascular Sudden Death?

What are the new recommendations for management of acute uncomplicated cystitis and pyelonephritis in women?

What is the efficacy of atypical antipsychotics for off-label uses?

January

Can the interval between INRs be extended in patients receiving stable doses of warfarin?

What is the recommended preoperative use of epoetin for blood conservation?

What are the medication guide distribution requirements as part of REMS?

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