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    New publication provides guidelines for dosing obese patients

    A new publication from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) is designed to help clinicians determine proper medication doses for obese children and adults.

    According to ASHP, Demystifying Drug Dosing in Obese Patients is the first publication focused on dosing critical and narrow therapeutic index drugs in obese patients.

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    The resource publication summarizes available literature on the subject, including dosing of antimicrobial agents, anticoagulant and antiplatelet drugs, antiepileptic, antineoplastic, and analgesic medications. It also contains recommendations from experts and sample calculations.

    “The sharp growth in obesity rates in the United States heightens the need for clear, evidence-based guidance,” Brandon R. Shank, PharmD, BCOP, a co-editor of the publication, stated in a release.

    “It is essential that clinicians have a thorough understanding of the complexities involved in making dosing decisions for obese patients,” he stated. “It is our hope that this guide depicts the existing literature in a way that allows practitioners to apply literature to real-life patient scenarios.”

    Mark Lowery, Editor
    Mark Lowery an Editor for Drug Topics magazine.

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