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Is the Grass Really Greener? Cognitive Function After Discontinuation of Cannabis

Cannabis use is a hot topic among patients and in healthcare circles. Cannabis is used by an estimated 20% of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients to ameliorate symptoms such as spasticity, pain, and insomnia. Unfortunately, both MS and regular cannabis use can negatively impact cognition. Determining whether cognitive impairment can be reversed upon discontinuation of cannabis can help to distinguish its beneficial and harmful effects in patients with MS. It might also provide insights regarding the reversibility of cognitive impairment when cannabis is used for recreational purposes.

Guest Authors:  Lindsey Trotter, PharmD; Sean Smithgall, PharmD, BCACP; and Nicole Slater, PharmD, BCACP

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Age is Just a Number: Discontinue Statins with Care

More than 14 million Americans age 75 years and older face a dilemma. They are at high risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). On the other hand, older adults are more susceptible to adverse effects associated with statins. Many adults, often in their 60s or early 70s, decide to initiate statin therapy for the primary prevention of ASCVD. However, at some point in a patient’s life, the potential benefits may no longer be so clear … or the risks and costs increase. Unfortunately, there is little information on the potential consequences of stopping statin in patients who are tolerating statins.

Guest Authors:  Maricar Conson, PharmD and W. Cheng Yuet, PharmD, BCACP

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D-PRESCRIBE Study: As Age Goes Up, The Medication Must Go Down!

The D-PRESCRIBE study provides compelling evidence that a focused, systematic medication review conducted by community-based pharmacists coupled with patient education and written recommendations to prescribers results in a significant reduction in the use of potentially inappropriate medications.  In this episode, Christine Dimaculangan reviews the methods and results of the D-PRESCRIBE study and our expert panelists discuss its implications and implementation.

Guests: Christine Dimaculangan, PharmD.; Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCPP, BCGP; and Emily Prohaska, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP

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