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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. 157, No. 4, April

A Real Pain in the Neck - and Shoulders, Head, Back
OTCRecent market research reports mat more than 1.5 billion people around the world suffer from chronic pain.In America alone, it affects 100 million people, which is more than all the individuals affected by diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined,...
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Community-Based Project Aims to Improve Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates
VACCINATION PROJECTShenandoah University's Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy recently received a medical education grant from Pfizer that will enable faculty members to partner with community pharmacies to establish a pneumococcal vaccination program...
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CVS Brings Project Health Screenings to 10 Cities Nationwide
HEALTH IN THE 'HOODCVS Pharmacy has kicked off its annual Project Health campaign with plans to deliver more than $15 million worth of free health screenings to multicultural communities across the United States. Sites in 10 U.S. cities will host more...
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Dabigatran as Effective as Warfarin to Prevent VTE Recurrence
ANTICOAGULATION THERAPIESData from the RE-MEDY trial suggest that dabigatran etexilate (Pradaxa) is as effective as warfarin for longterm, extended antithrombotic therapy in patients who have already received at least three months of anticoagulation...
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Equal Justice for All? Really?
VIEW FROM THE ZOOIt's called the criminal justice system, and if you asked a dozen different people why we have it or what its purpose is, I bet you'd get a dozen different answers. Some would say it's there to protect us from those who would harm society,...
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FDA Approves Three New Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes
NEW DRUG REVIEWOn January 26, 2013, FDA approved three new type 2 diabetes therapies: alogliptin monotherapy (Nesina, Takeda) and two fixed-dose combinations, alogliptin and pioglitazone (Oseni, Takeda) and alogliptin and metformin HCl (Kazano, Takeda).Alogliptin...
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Greater PBM Leverage
Despite acute margin pressure, retail pharmacies fight to stay in the gameA year after the merger between Express Scripts (ESI) and Medco Health Solutions, retail pharmacies - particularly independent pharmacies - are feeling considerable pressure from...
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Management Tips for Supervising Pharmacists
After working for a few years as staff pharmacists, many pharmacists progress to a supervising pharmacist role. Because pharmacy schools rarely discuss the topic of management, graduates take little from the program's curriculum beyond the awareness...
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New Bipartisan Bill to Reclassify Hydrocodone
Hydrocodone may be going the way of oxycodone, joining the latter on the Food and Drug Administration's Schedule ? list of drugs. On March 20, U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Bl.) and Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and Representatives Vern Buchanan (R-FIa.) and Edward...
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New Products
RX & OTCRXCARENew drugsNovartis announced in March that FDA has approved its TOBI Podhaler (dry tobramycin inhalation powder) 28 mg per capsule for the management of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients with Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria in the lungs,...
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Pain Management for Pharmacists: Concepts and Definitions
AbstractPain and related symptom management involve complex polypharmacy, a keen understanding of pharmacotherapeutics, and interdisciplinary collaboration. This is the first in a series of pharmacist continuing education articles dedicated to pain management....
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Paradigm Lost
JP AT LARGETalk about not working. Pharmacists and technicians know all about working. We do not know about not working, loafing around, malingering, shirking, or playing hooky when we are supposed to be working.We rome in at eight and we never stop...
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Please Pass the Sodium Chloride
IN MY VIEWOne of the reasons many pharmacists shy away from a career in retan community pharmacy is the fact that there is no true meal break. When a team of pharmacists works together in a long-term-care or hospital setting, one of them can break away...
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PTCB Calls for Input on Pharm Tech Certification Changes
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is asking members of the pharmacy community for best practices as it starts to implement changes to its certification program that will begin in 2014 and continue through 2020.PTCB is collecting feedback...
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Put St. John's Wort Behind the Counter
STUDENT CORNER* St. John's Wort has been used for centuries to treat depression. Its active ingredients, hypericin and pseudohypericin, are isolated from Hypericum perforatum. It is known to have medicinal properties, including antidepressant, antimicrobial,...
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Specialty Pharmacy Association of America Launches
DISPENSED AS WRITTENSPAARx publishes benchmark definition of "specialty pharmacy"Specialty pharmacy is a significant pharmacy practice area and stakeholders now have a new advocate with the recent formation of a new pharmacy association representing...
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The Good of Every Patient
ETHICAL DECISION-MAKING IN PHARMACYThe patient approached the pharmacy counter to pick up his prescription which he had dropped off a few minutes before. The prescription was for warfarin. When the pharmacist presented the completed prescription to the...
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The Pill Book Goes High Tech
AN APP FOR THATThe most trusted consumer drug guide in the United States is now an app.The Pill Book All-In-One app is based on The Pill Book, by Harold M. Silverman, PhD, which has been in print for more than 20 years.Like the book, the app offers upto-date...
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Vial Cap Tells Patients When to Take the Next Pill
MEDICATION ADHERENCEThe maker of the Rx Timer Cap has announced a new twist on its previous child-resistant "smart cap," designed to help patients remember to take medications on time.The new version employs an "EZ-Twist" removal system that makes it...
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Voices
Dispatch from the front lineRe: "You are a pharmacist, right?" [JP at Large, January 2013]: Bravo! Another excellent piece from JP. Unfortunately, his condensed article expands into the dystopia known as pharmacy every single day. No matter how short...
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