Drug Topics

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Articles from Vol. 141, No. 14, July 21

Assault on Asthma
Hold your breath for a mere 30 seconds, and you'll see what a precious gem air can beand, oh, so rare to a coughing, gasping, wheezing, struggling asthmatic in the midst of an attack. And the enemy forces preventing the treasured gas from romancing the...
Bye-Bye, B.S.?
ACPE wants pharmacy school B.S. programs ended in 2004 The final strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" for new bachelor of science graduates in pharmacy would fade away in 2004 as part of the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education's long march to...
Call for Two Classes of R.Ph.S Draws Heavy Fire
California advocacy group's call for two classes of licensure has caused a stir among pharmacists, most of whom think it's a lousy idea that would just drive another wedge through the profession. Dividing pharmacists into dispensing and pharmaceutical...
Cardiac Indication Appears to Be in Store for Enoxaparin
A transformation in the treatment of two prevalent forms of ischemic heart disease could be under way if the Food & Drug Administration adheres to a recent recommendation made by its Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee. Lovenox (enoxaparin...
Cardiovascular Disease Therapy
Innovations in calcium-channel blockers An introduction to T-channel science HYPERTENSION In 1972, data from the National Health Study indicated that 51% of patients who were hypertensive were aware of their condition and 36% of them were receiving some...
Class Struggle
Chain drugstores remained the pharmaceutical industry's best customer last year, but mail-service pharmacy was the fastest-growing retail outlet, according to the latest class-of-trade analysis from IMS America. The overall U.S. prescription drug market...
Direct Concerns
Pharmacists wary of surge in consumer Rx drug ads The movement to direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising of specific Rx drug products is picking up steam again under the wary eye of pharmacy trade organizations and pharmacists. What has some R.Ph.s on...
Hidden Costs
Despite the deep discounts being offered by mail-service pharmacy, the majority of employers that include copayment cost sharing in their drug benefit plans might save money by using the corner drugstore instead of the post office, according to a new...
Hospital Admission or Discharge Up to Doctor, Not Budget
The decision to admit or discharge a patient with a serious illness such as community-acquired pneumonia belongs only to the doctornot the insurance company or the managed care organization. This patient-oriented principle may make life easier for doctors,...
Hot Button
A group practice of Michigan pharmacists is on the verge of installing automated remote control dispensing devices as part of a strategy to bolster the drug therapy management services they provide to physician groups. These devices will be placed in...
Hypertension Experts Take Aim at Guidelines, Pill, Salt
Guided by Marvin Moser, M.D., FACP, Yale University School of Medicine, fellow physicians at the American Society of Hypertension (ASH) annual meeting in San Francisco considered whether it was time to revise treatment guidelines for hypertension. In...
It's Not Over
Pharmacists' potential involvement in physician-assisted suicide remains unsettled, and two replays of the emotional debate already are in store. Despite last month's unanimous Supreme Court decisions upholding state laws that prohibit assisting in a...
Latelines
Fen-phen study creates a ferment Mayo Clinic has issued a report linking heart valve problems with fenfluramine and phentermine, and the FDA has warned doctors to watch for heart problems among patients taking the combination. The agency said that through...
Letters
Catching up I want to take issue with your article "Window Drive" (Drug Topics, June 16). The author states, "The concept of using a drive-up pharmacy window started a couple of years ago...." I realize that he is referring to the recent move of chains...
New Drug Checklist for the Patient
TILUDRONATE (tih-LU-dron-ate) Treats a bone disorder called Paget's disease. BRAND NAME(S): Skelid WHEN YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE Do not take this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to tiludronate. HOW TO TAKE AND STORE THIS MEDICINE...
New Drug Compliance Program to Pay Pharmacist
Community pharmacists who can help the medicine go down will be reimbursed for boosting patient compliance over time through a new program sponsored by Hoechst Marion Roussel Inc. Trying to do its part to reduce the estimated $100 billion that medication...
New Hospital Network Tracks Antibiotic Resistance
An international surveillance network has been set up to track the spread of bacterial infections, some of which are rapidly building defenses against multidrug therapies and vancomycin, the antimicrobial equivalent of the H-bomb. Infectious diseases,...
New Nonergot for Parkinson's Disease Shows Good Tolerance
The 1990s continue to be the decade of research on the brain. In the latest development, Mirapex (pramipexole dihydrochloride) has been approved by the Food & Drug Administration for the management of early and advanced stages of idiopathic Parkinson's...
New SSRI Holds Promise of Clean Side Effect Profile
Citalopram, touted as the most selective of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)and one with an excellent side effect profile-should enter the U.S. market later this year. Two pivotal U.S. trials to prove its efficacy and safety have been...
Organized Medicine Taking Shots at Pharmacists Again
The American Medical Association has taken a strong stand against the expansion of pharmacy practice. At its annual meeting in Chicago, the house of delegates adopted a resolution entitled "Expansion of Practice by Pharmacists." The resolution, recommended...
Potent Stuff
The more the merrier! exclaimed Frederick S. Mayer, R.Ph., MPh., Pharmacists Planning Service Inc., Sausalito, Calif. He was reading to the recent approval ot a third-generation HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, BAYCOL (cerivastatin sodium). Mayer, who's...
R.Ph.S Team Up with Insurer for Disease Management
Pharmacists at 15 Medicine Shoppe franchises around Kansas City are taking part in a disease management pilot program in partnership with CIGNA HealthCare. Patients with peptic ulcer disease are the first CIGNA members being enrolled in the project to...
Rx Patients, Counseling Are Changing
Human dynamics are an integral part of living. So, to analyze the changes in the profession, one must take a look at the pharmacy patients. The quantity and quality of the consumer have been changing, and will continue to change. While some pharmacists...
Show Time
Exciting new products introduced at NACDS meeting The National Association of Chain Drug Stores' annual Marketplace Conference always offers attendees a variety of exciting new product introductions. Last month's meeting in San Diego was no exception...
State of Disease Management
While health care seems to be marching to the disease management beat, a large number of health-system pharmacists have not yet joined the parade. In a recent survey conducted by Drug Topics and Hospital Pharmacist Report, only 30% of respondents said...
Unregulated Formularies Come under Attack
Community pharmacy is coming out in support of state legislation that would regulate managed care organizations (MCOs) and their formulary decisions. HMOs have been criticized for developing formularies based more on negotiated drug discounts than on...
Vitamins: What the Pharmacist Should Know
Most pharmacies today have a large inventory of vitamin supplements for sale, and the pharmacist is the key health-care professional available to provide information to the consumer about the appropriate use of these products. The primary purpose of...
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