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Up the Creek Without a Paddle? Look to Your Pharmacist to Bridge-It

Nearly half of all pregnancies are unintended and a high percentage of unwanted pregnancies lead to an abortion. Reducing the number of unintended pregnancies and increasing the use of effective birth control are two public health priorities. Could the implementation of pharmacist contraception prescribing combined with EC on the same day help “bridge the gap?”

Guest Authors:  Ashley H. Meredith, PharmD, MPH, BCACP, BCPS, CDCES and Veronica P. Vernon, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, NCMP

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Can We KEEP Perimenopausal Women Sexually Satisfied?

Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) effects women of all ages but is common among perimenopausal / postmenopausal women and may be related to a reduction in circulating estrogen.  Oral estrogens increase sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) which lowers available free testosterone and thus may negatively impact sexual function.Transdermal estrogens are typically preferred because they lack a high first-pass effect and are not associated with risk of thromboembolic events. However, additional research – directly comparing oral and transdermal preparations – was needed.  An ancillary study of the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS) did just that - examined the impact of oral and transdermal estrogens on sexual functioning.

Guest Authors:  Stefanie C. Nigro, PharmD, BCACP and Christine Dimanculangan, Pharm.D.

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Preventing Gestational Diabetes with Myo-Inositol: Ready for Prime Time?

With increased emphasis on disease prevention, gestational diabetes (GDM) is worthy of more attention. The incidence is on the rise not only in the United States (U.S.) but worldwide. Complications of GDM such as preeclampsia, cesarean delivery, neonatal hypoglycemia, macrosomia, and birth trauma negatively impact maternal and fetal health. Is a readily available, non-prescription dietary supplement the answer? Recent investigations have examined the use of myo-inositol for GDM prevention, with positive results. 

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