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Articles from Vol. 153, No. 4, April

Assessing the Long-Term Safety of Biologic Agents
A growing number of clinicians prescribe biologic agents on a regular basis. That is no surprise, said Mark Ling, MD, PhD, medical director of MedaPhase Inc., a clinical research firm in Atlanta. Biologies have become the agents of choice for the treatment...
Attitude and Desire Shape the Pharmacist's Pain-Management Role
Pharmacists can play an important role in the aelivery of healthcare to their patients, especially when it comes to the management of various types of acute and chronic painful conditions. While patients are visiting several physician specialists for...
Automatic Dispensing Units Tested in Vermont
An automatic dispensing unit (ADU) for prescriptions is helping pharmacists and patients in rural Vermont.As part of a pilot project, the Health Center in Plainfield, Vt., outside Burlington, is home to the automated cabinet, where the pharmacist holds...
Bring on the Clowns
COMMENTARYA few weeks ago, I called together the group of people I was working with. I had to make sure they understood what they were in for. I was filling in for an ailing pharmacist I said, "I need your help. This will be my third day in a row of...
Can Counseling Reduce Medication Errors?
I teach a course in healthcare risk management in the Master of Science in Pharmacy online degree program of the University of Florida. As part of the requirements for the class, each student is required to prepare a risk management case study. In the...
FDA Outlines New Rx Labeling
The new label has specific requirements for both content and appearance.Not sure how to use or even read the new label format for prescription drugs? Plenty of other healthcare professionals are having the same problem. As a result, the U.S. Food and...
Making the Transition from Clinician to Manager
Four steps that can case the processJohn D. Pastor m, PharniD, never imagined he would trade his daily patient-care duties for financial, regulatory, and personnel management.Yet, the path taken by Pastor's career is probably similar to what many other...
New Products
RX&OTCRXCARENew dragsThe U.S. Food and Drug Adrninistration (FDA) has approved Galderma's Vectical (calcitriol) Ointment 3mcg/g, a vitamin D 3 product for the treatment of mild-to-moderate plaque psoriasis in adults. For more information, visit www.vectical.corn.AstraZeneca...
New Products Target Muscle and Joint Pain
OTCShouts of "play ball" announce the coming of spring, drawing people outside to resume their running, hiking, and biking. After the long winter layoff, the aching muscles and sore joints of those overeager spring athletes send them to the pharmacy...
NIOSH to Study Pharmacy Violence
Upfront Bin DepthThe National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has launched a study of violence against pharmacists, in a first step toward production of rec- ommendations to reduce the dangers. "We got a number of calls from pharmacists...
Pain Management
AN ONGOING CE PROGRAM OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND DRUG TOPICSPain is a common clinical condition in the United States and the most common reason patients seek healthcare. It is described by the International Association for the...
Pharmaca: 2009 Chain of the Year
European-style pharmacy offers traditional, alternative therapiesDrug TopicsCHAIN of the YEARWhen it opened in June of 2000, the privately owned Pharmaca store in Boulder, Colo., was the nation's first European-style integrative retail pharmacy space....
The Best-Selling OTC Products of 2008
How to buy what sellsPeople like to try new things, and research shows that new items from the pharmacy are in high demand. But you can't stock every new thing on your shelves, even if you have the room. Therefore, knowing which new items are right for...
The Devil Is in the Details on Pharmacist Vaccinators
More pharmacists are administering vaccinations across the United States, since 49 states (Maine is currently the only exception) have passed laws allowing them to do so. As the laws come into full effect, states and boards must figure out how to successfully...