Number of filled prescriptions dropped ‘considerably’ in early days of COVID-19 pandemic

The number of individuals filling prescriptions for all medications decreased “considerably” in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers wrote in JAMA Internal Medicine.However, the number of individuals who filled prescriptions for buprenorphine “plateaued” but did not “decrease” during this period, they added.“Americans with opioid use disorder are a vulnerable population during the COVID-19…

Patients with IBD should receive COVID-19 vaccine, despite concerns

Physicians should encourage patients with inflammatory bowel disease to get the COVID-19 vaccination despite lack of studies on the cohort, according to a presentation at the Crohn’s and Colitis Congress.“For patients with IBD we would advocate, based on [International Organization for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IOIBD)], that patients get vaccinated, acknowledging that there…

Q&A: Physicians often attacked on social media for public health messaging

A survey conducted before the COVID-19 pandemic showed that almost one in four physicians were attacked on social media. This number is expected to be even higher now, according to one of the study authors.“If we were to do this study again now, I can almost guarantee that the numbers of people reporting harassment would…

VIDEO: Ask patients with IBD, ‘how happy are you?’

In this exclusive video from Crohn’s and Colitis Congress, Laurie Keefer, PhD, from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, discusses her presentation on subjective wellbeing in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.Keefer said it is important to assess patients for quality of life beyond disease-related measures, adding that it can be as easy as…

GI, cardiovascular, autonomic, allergic symptoms more prevalent in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

Patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome experience significantly more prevalent gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, autonomic and allergic symptoms than those in the hospital without the disease, according to data published in Rheumatology.“Previous studies suggest associations between EDS and gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, immune, and autonomic nervous system dysfunction, but no large case-control studies have examined the prevalence of these conditions in…