Drug Topics

Monthly news magazine reports on all phases of pharmacy for community and health-system pharmacists. Concise, easy-to-read news reports cover managed care trends, professional issues, national and state governmental activities, new prescription drugs, OTCs, and new merchandising and marketing techniques.

Articles from Vol. 154, No. 7, July

1995 DEA Letter Surfaces
DEA previously allowed long-term-care nurses to give verbal drug ordersThe relationship between prescribing practitioners and nurses working in a long -term -care (LTC) facility is of significant concern to the LTC facility when controlled substances...
ASHP Guidelines Foster Remote Pharmacy Management
RX CAREPharmacy directors who want to - or have to - operate 24/7 but don't have the staff to cover all 3 shifts have a new ally, the American Society of Health- System Pharmacists (ASHP). In April, ASHP issued its first-ever guidelines for remote medication...
Ballot Initiative Takes Aim at North Dakota Pharmacy Ownership Rules
Up front In DepthA ballot initiative moving toward approval in North Dakota could open the doors to chain pharmacy in the state. The initiative follows a resounding defeat of similar legislation in the state House of Representatives earlier this year....
DEA Issues Interim Final Rule on E-Prescribing of Controlled Drugs
RX CAREThe Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has released its long awaited interim final rule for electronic prescribing of controlled substances. The new rule became effective on June 1, 2010, and could be revised later on the basis of public comment....
Dietary Supplements: Beware of Fake Remedies
As part of our ongoing initiative to encourage dialogue between pharmacists working in different environments, each month Drug Topics will present an editorial by a guest columnist writing on a subject of his or her choice. Send us your feedback; we...
FDA Approves First Device for Severe, Persistent Asthma
RX CAREThe first non-drug treatment for severe asthma that is not well controlled by anti-inflammatory medicines won FDA approval April 27.The device, dubbed the Alair System, is the brainchild and first product of privately held Asthmatx, a company...
FDA Launches Educational Videos for Pharmacists
In the first of its "FDA Drug Info Rounds;' a new series of educational videos for pharmacists, FDA is tackling unapproved dispensing of colchicine.The Drug Info Rounds series seeks to educate pharmacists about FDA-approved drugs so that they can better...
First-Aid Products Treat the Cuts and Scrapes of Summer
OTCBumps, bruises, and scrapes happen - especially during the summer months when knees and elbows are bare and so much time is spent outdoors. Many first-aid products can help.Two pain -relieving sprays from Prestige Brands have been given a new look...
God, Pharmacy, and the American Way
I have a feeling that the people at The Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy (DMC) in Chantilly, Va., really knew how to throw a Grand Opening. I wasn't there, but I can imagine how much excitement must be added to the normal ribbon -cutting hoopla when the local...
Inhaled Insulin Appears to Be on the Rebound
RX CAREInhaled insulin may be on the way back.That's the hope at MannKind, a California-based biopharmaceutical company developing a rapid-acting inhaled insulin called Afrezza (insulin human rDNA origin). The company has a New Drug Application under...
Join the Club
JP AT LARGEThe pharmacist who influenced me the most was Winfield Sill, an independent store owner with hornrimmed glasses and a flat top haircut. I thought he didn't know his elbow from a hole in the ground. That was in Ohio in 1964. Back then, Win...
Letters
Personality kids"I would like to thank Mike Lahr for the big smile he gave me today at the pharmacy! I couldn't agree more with his article ["Our dysfunctional family," May 2010].Actually, I, as the supervising pharmacist, finally got up enough courage...
Low-Dose HRT Patches Carry 26% Less Risk Than Oral Therapy
RX CAREHormone replacement therapy (HRT) skin patches containing low doses of estrogen carry less risk of stroke than oral therapy and may represent a safer alternative, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Lady Davis Research Institute...
New Products
RX & OTCRX CARENew drugsMission Pharmacal has launched a new prescription prenatal vitamin, Citranatal Harmony, the first once-daily prenatal vitamin with calcium citrate, to help fetal bone growth without inducing gas or bloating in pregnant women....
Starting a Pharmacy Service Business
AN ONGOING CE PROGRAM OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND DRUG TOPICSStarting a new pharmacy or adding a new service to an existing pharmacy requires considerable planning. Every pharmacist does not have the entrepreneurial spirit or...
Study Validates Switch to Generic Anticonvulsants
EPILEPSY TREATMENTSwitching from branded to generic drugs for epilepsy did not cause increased incidents or utilization changes among patients, according to new study results.Brian Solow, MD, vice president and senior medical director for pharm acy benefit...
Vitamins and Dietary Supplements: Why Pharmacists' Recommendations Matter
As Americans increasingly turn to vitamins and herbal supplements to prevent, augment, or replace their prescription drug use, medical professionals and government leaders worry that few realize the implications of taking what they perceive as innocuous,...