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Post-op dosing effective in preventing DVT
Treatment with the low molecular weight heparin Fragmin (dalteparin sodium injection, Pharmacia Corp.) can now be initiated during the four to eight hours following hip replacement surgery. Patients receive the first dose in that postoperative window, continuing therapy for up to 14 days after the procedure. The newly approved regimen is an alternative to the traditional strategy of administering the first dose of Fragmin before surgery. While both plans are designed to prevent deep vein thrombosis, it is hoped that administering the drug postoperatively will reduce the risk of bleeding during surgery. Back to top

New guidelines tackle bacterial resistance
The not-for-profit Sinus and Allergy Health Partnership, with help from the CDC and FDA, has minted a set of guidelines designed to help stall further increases in bacterial resistance to antibiotics. The guidelines map out a plan for accurately diagnosing and treating acute bacterial rhinosinusitis (ABRS), the fifth most common problem treated with antibiotics. The goal is to help professionals avoid use of antibiotics in nonbacterial conditions, while teaching them to home in on the drug most likely to work well when an infection is bacterial, thus preventing unnecessary use of an inappropriate drug. The guidelines were published in the July issue of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Back to top

Drug samples influence prescribing
Drug samples certainly do earn their keep, according to a new study. Researchers found that 91% of physicians who use samples said they would dispense a drug sample even though it was not their preferred medication. While giving patients samples may save money in the short term, the give-away can drive up health-care costs by encouraging physicians to prescribe more-expensive drugs, said researchers in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Back to top

FamilyMeds.com plans kiosks
Patients will soon be able to order and refill Rxs through the Internet pharmacy FamilyMeds.com while still at their doctor's office using a specially designed kiosk. FamilyMeds (formerly Arrow Pharmacies) plans to install the kiosks in more than 2,500 physician offices, clinics, and hospitals. Run on Netkey software, the kiosks recently won Best of Show honors at the KioskCom Conference in Chicago. Back to top