DIS Newsletters


April 2016

Patient information on blood substitutes, international travel, seasonal affective disorder, and patient aligned care teams (PACTs).  Also information on the Zika virus, Cinqair® (reslizumab) for asthma, and Lemtrada® (alemtuzumab) for multiple sclerosis.

March 2016

This month features ozone injections for knee osteoarthritis, the Utibron™ Neohaler® for COPD, and Praxbind® to reverse anticoagulation with Pradaxa®.  Also included are patient information articles on nausea/vomiting during pregnancy, influenza, and rosacea.

February 2016

New drug information on Veltrassa® (patiromer) for hyperkalemia, Kybella® (deoxycholic acid) for submental fat, and Nucala® (mepolizumab) for asthma.  Patient information on Xarelto® lawsuits, intranasal naloxone, and Afrezza® (inhaled insulin).

January 2016

Patient information on protein supplements, strokes, and pneumococcal vaccination.  Provider articles on Vraylar® (cariprazine) for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, treatment of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection, and the updated clozapine REMS program.


December 2015

Articles on influenza vaccine myths & facts, bone health, Impavido™ (miltefosine) for leishmaniasis, Tresiba® (insulin degludec) for diabetes, and pertussis (whooping cough).

November 2015

Learn about bed bugs, acne, and smoking cessation.  Also included:  information on Varubi™ (rolapitant) for chemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting, Corlanor® (ivabradine) for heart failure, and Addyi™ (filbanserin) for hypoactive sexual desire disorder.

October 2015

Articles on Bexsero® (meningococcal group B vaccine), Spritam® (immediate-release levetiracetam) 3-D printed tablets, and PCSK9 inhibitors.  Patient information on non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder, HIV/AIDS, and borderline personality disorder.

September 2015

Article on Savaysa™ (edoxaban) for anticoagulation, and patient information on swimmer's itch, PCSK9 inhibitors (new class of cholesterol-lowering agents), the Mirena® (levonorgestrel) IUD, and Belsomra® (suvorexant) for insomnia.

August 2015

Patient information on sunburn prevention and spider bites.  Information about the new antiplatelet drug Kengreal® (cangrelor) and West Nile virus.

July 2015

Articles on new drugs Invega Trinza™ (3-month paliperidone injection) for schizophrenia and Viberzi™ (eluxadoline) for IBS with diarrhea.  Patient information on botulism and plaque psoriasis.

June 2015

Articles on two new drugs:  Cosentyx™ (secukinumab) for plaque psoriasis and Alkynzeo® (netupitant/palonosetron) for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.  Two patient information handouts:  skin cancer and anaphylaxis.

May 2015

Articles on the new drugs Unituxin™ (dinutuximab) for pediatric neuroblastoma, Fetzima® (levomilnacipran) for depression, and Cresemba® (isavuconazonium) for invasive aspergillosis and mucormycosis.  Patient information articles on constipation, Tikosyn® (dofetilide), ulcerative colitis, and choline.

April 2015

New drugs:  Vierkira Pak® for hepatitis C and Avycaz® (ceftazidime/avibactam) for urinary and abdominal bacterial infections. Also for healthcare providers:  information on the SGLT2 inhibitors for type 2 diabetes.  Patient information articles:  respiratory syncytial virus, chronic fatigue syndrome, and ticks.

March 2015

Patient information articles on antiphospholipid syndrome and Guillain-Barré syndrome.  Articles for healthcare professionals about Harvoni® (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir) for hepatitis C, Cleviprex™ (clevidipine) for acute hypertension, and light therapy for seasonal affective disorder.

February 2015

Articles on zinc for treatment of the common cold, Plegridy™ (peginterferon beta-1a) for multiple sclerosis, Epanova® (omega-3 carboxylic acids) for hypertriglyceridemia; Patient Information articles on gluten, natural cold & flu remedies, and "the winter blues".

January 2015

Articles on obesity treatments, Spiriva®Respimat® (tiotropium) for COPD, Kerydin™ (tavaborole) solution for onychomycosis; Patient Information articles on obstructive sleep apnea and hypothyroidism


December 2014

The effect of NSAIDs on bone healing; vedolizumab (Entyvio®) for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis; naloxegol (Movantik™) for opioid-induced constipation; brand name drugs vs. generic drugs; Patient Information:  concussion and cold symptoms in children

November 2014

New drugs: vorapaxar (Zontivity™) for secondary prevention of myocardial infarction and suvorexant (Belsomra® ) for insomnia;  Use of MIBG I-123 in heart failure; Patient Information updates: head lice and gout

October 2014

Patient information updates on Ebola virus and Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).  Also, learn how to avoid skin irritation from medication patches.  Healthcare professionals:  learn about the new antibiotics tedizolid (Sivextro®) and oritavancin (Orbactiv®), as well as the use of aromatase inhibitors in men.

September 2014

Look inside this issue for patient information on foot fungus, SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), and eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE).  Articles for healthcare professionals cover the new hypertension guidelines, addiction vs. pseudoaddiction, and Afrezza® (the new inhaled insulin).

August 2014

This issue contains articles on Heltioz® (tasimelteon) for non-24-hour sleep disorder, pneumococcal vaccines, and pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV.  The Patient Information articles are on sublingual (under the tongue) tablets for grass allergies, poison ivy & poison oak, and hoarding.

July 2014

Patient information on recreational swimming safety, norovirus, and medication therapy management (MTM); articles on hypervitaminosis D, cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, and continuity of care after hospital discharge

June 2014

Patient information on sunburns caused by medications and fluoride; risk of venous thromboembolism and optimal dosing of tranexamic acid; homeopathic treatment for allergies; Zohydro ER® (hydrocodone bitrartrate extended release capsules)

May 2014

For providers:  Sofosbuvir (Sovaldi®) to treat hepatitis C infections, Nasocort Allergy® 24HR OTC; For patients:  vitamin B12 deficiency with heartburn medicines, prevention of Alzheimer's disease

April 2014

High dose influenza vaccine and brominated vegetable oil; Patient Information on emergency contraception methods and vitamin B12 information for vegetarians.

March 2014

Information on Nesina® (alogliptin) for type 2 diabetes and Patient Information on heartburn treatments and tooth whiteners.

February 2014

Patient Information on prevention of type 2 diabetes and testoterone replacement therapies.  Discussion on management of alcohol dependence.

January 2014

Patient Information on gluten intolerance and men's health.  New drug -- Mirvaso® (brimonidine) for treating rosacea.  Use of clopidogrel plus aspirin for secondary prevention of stroke. 

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