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Articles from Vol. 157, No. 1, January

Are You a Role Model for the Next Generation of Pharmacists?
IN MY VIEWMany of us had role models that influenced us to enter the pharmacy profession. Back in the 1970s, there was an independent retail pharmacy located across the street from the hospital in the small western suburb of Chicago, Berwyn, Dl. They...
Collaboration May Improve Medication Adherence
COMMUNITY PHARMACYCollaboration between pharmacy benefit managers and community pharmacists may improve patient compliance to vital drug regimens.Patients who fail to adhere to prescribed medications cost the U.S. healthcare system an estimated $100...
Compounding Pharmacy Takes an Unexpected Turn
LEGAL COMPLIANCETragedy beckons calls for new federal legislationThe deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis has resulted in a public health crisis. More than 500 individuals across 19 states have become infected by contaminated vials of injectable steroid...
FDA Approves Oral Disease-Modifying Drug for Multiple Sclerosis
NEW DRUG REVIEWOn September 12, 2012, FDA approved teriflunomide (Aubagio, Genzyme, a Sanofi-Aventis company), a pyrimidine synthesis inhibitor, for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). This is the second oral disease-modifying...
Healthcare Provider Status for Pharmacists Is Long Overdue
VIEWPOINTPharmacists are often underutilized because they are not recognized as healthcare providers under the Social Security Act. As a result pharmacists cannot be fully compensated by Medicare and Medicaid for all their capabilities, which if completely...
Heparin Container Labels Must Clearly State the Total Drug Strength, According to FDA
Heparin container and carton labels must now cleariy state the total drug strength, according to an FDA Drug Safety Communication.This label change will require manufacturers of Heparin Lock Flush Solution USP and Heparin Sodium Injection USP to clearly...
Letters
What about pharmacists' rights?I read the October issue and have never been left with such a bitter taste in my mouth after reading a pharmacy publication.Starting with Frederick Mayer's "Patient Bill of Rights for Prescription Drugs," nowhere mentioned...
Macrovascular and Microvascular Complications of Diabetes Mellitus
AbstractDiabetes causes acute complications, such as hyperglycemic crises. It is the progressive long-term complications of diabetes, however, that bring devastating and life-threatening consequences to patients with diabetes. The long-term complications...
NABP Action Plan Created to Help Enforce Compounding Regulations
STATES SUPPORTIVELast month NABP Executive Director Carmen Catizone, MS, RPh, unveiled an action plan to inspect nonresident compounding pharmacies and create a database to share regulatory information about these pharmacies with the state boards of...
NACDS Total Store Expo Offers Unique Business Opportunity in August
ONE OF A KINDThis year the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) is offering a one-of-a-kind business opportunity by combining its three trade shows - the Marketplace Conference, the Pharmacy and Technology Conference, and the Supply Chain...
New Formulas Fight Seasonal Cold, Flu Symptoms to Help You Breathe Easier
OTCThe mix of cold temperatures and holiday burn-out may send patients on the hunt for relief from coughs, colds, and sore throats. Fortunately, a number of companies have introduced new products and formulas in liquid and caplet forms to address just...
New Products
RXNew genericsGreenstone LLC, the generic pharmaceutical subsidiary of Pfizer, has received FDA approval of its cf clofenac/ misoprostol tablets in dosage strengths of 50 and 75 mg. The company's diclofenac sodium/misoprostol tablets product is the authorized...
Questions Are the Answers
In his book, "Awaken the Giant Within," Tony Robbins talks about how to make lasting change in any area of your life. He states: "I believe that 20% of any change is knowing HOW and 80% of that change is knowing WHY." This principle is absolutely imperative,...
Rivaroxaban Has More Indications
ANTICOAGULATION THERAPIESFDA has recently approved rivaroxaban (Xarelto, Janssen Pharmaceuticals) for treatment of acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism and for prevention of recurrences. These indications are in addition to the drug's...
Short-Cycle Dispensing Applies to Pharmacies Serving LTC
For pharmacists serving long-term care facilities, January 1st was the start date for the requirement that many Part D medications are to be dispensed in increments of no more than 14 days.For anyone who hasn't focused on the issue, the new rule says...
Specialization Is Pharmacy's Future
DISPENSED AS WRITTENThe future of pharmacy - a healthcare profession in which the role in patient treatment and care is continually growing - is specialization. It is pharmacy specialization that will enable our healthcare system to meet the mandate...
Tempered Optimism for 2013
Two thirds of pharmacists still hopeful about this year's business climatePharmacists are approaching 201 3 with tempered optimism as the economy seems to be slowly rebounding and consumer confidence is the best it has been since 2009. However, compared...
The P4P Crossroads: Is Hospital Pharmacy Leadership Ready?
With the rollout of CMS' Value -based Purchasing (VBP) Program and the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) in 2012, hospitals are under the gun to attain higher quality standards or face the fallout of financial penalties. Many hospitals,...
Unmeasureable Conversations. Priceless
VIEW FROM THE ZOOI've had the incredible good fortune to live in one of the most beautiful places on God's green earth for the last 12 years. There have been days when I've marveled on my way to the pharmacy as I looked out the window at the deep blue...
Warn about Herbal Supplements Risk
STUDENT CORNERDuring our public health rotation, Tommy Wong, my classmate, and I became aware of how often pharmacists are approached with the question: "Where are your supplements?" And, without hesitation, patients are directed to the supplement aisle...
You Are a Pharmacist, Right?
JP AT LARGE"This is a pharmacy, isn't it?" How many times have you heard that? Or, even more hackles-raising, "Well, you are a pharmacist, aren't you?"How many times have you wanted to reach over the counter with your feminine right hand and give Ms....