Drug Topics

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Articles from Vol. 140, No. 6, March 18

A Better Deal?
With the increase in Rxto-OTC switches, a number of valuable drugs are now available at lower costs. Is it likely that state Medicaid programs will provide reimbursement for these drugs now that they have gone over the counter? Maybe so, according to...
ADHD Med Reformulated: An Old Drug Reenters Market
A supplemental NDA for Adderall, a psychostimulant made up of various amphetamine salts, has been approved by the Food & Drug Administration for the treatment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children. ADHD is a condition that...
Briefly
Don't testCholesterol screening is undesirable for young adults and senior citizens, according to the American College of Physicians. In a break with most experts, ACP researchers nixed screening for men younger than 35, women under 45, and anyone aged...
Capital Capsules
NACDS steps up assault on BC&BS mail-order plan run by Merck-MedcoLooking eagerly at her prescription, the senior citizen asks, "How do I take it? Are there any side effects?" Holding a battered, leaking package labeled "mailorder medication," the...
Early Sightings
Parkinson's: Mistaken casesIt appears that metoclopramideinduced extrapyramidal symptoms in elderly patients are often mistaken for Parkinson's disease, according to a recently published article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA.1995;274:...
GATT Ya
The tangled, multibillion-dollar battle between the brand-name and generic drug industries over patents and trade treaties is getting another look from Congress. At issue is whether a couple of dozen drugs, led by Zantac (ranitidine, Glaxo Wellcome),...
Innovators Will Survive
The heyday of "me-too" pharmaceutical products is gone, and only the companies that develop innovative drug products are going to survive. That was the prediction of panelists at a recent roundtable discussion on the future of the pharmaceutical industry....
Leap of Life
The Food & Drug Administration made good use of the extra day in February this year, approving two new drugs and one new formulation and recommending approval of several other drugs in the fight against AIDS. Here are highlights of the events that...
Letters
Health care on-line(Editor's note: The following e-mail was received in response to the cover story, "Health care goes on-line," in the Jan. 22 issue of Drug Topics.)Your article was very informative. It also helps me look for sources of advertising...
Losing Medicaid
Independents have more to lose from states' efforts to enroll Medicaidrecipients in managed care organizations (MCOs) than do other segments of the retail pharmacy marketplace. So indicated Douglas Long, v.p., field services, IMS America, a pharmaceutical...
Make a Little Magic with Wart Removers
Toads won't give you wartsthat's a folk tale. If you kiss a toad, it won't turn into a handsome prince, either-only fairy-tale frogs do that.Folk remedies for removing warts are as varied and fanciful as stories about amphibian transformations, possibly...
NCPDP: Progress in Software Standards
The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP), a computer program standards organization, drew about 700 attendees to its annual meeting, held in mid-February in Scottsdale, Ariz. At the meeting, Drug Topics' director of sales and marketing,...
OTCs Sell Much Better at Food Stores Than Rxs
Although most segments of the retail pharmacy marketplace sell more prescriptions than do food stores, food stores beat most of the other segments in sales of over-the-counter drugs.When it comes to OTC sales, food stores benefit from the many repeat...
Pharmacolegal Trends: Oral Rxs for Schedule II Controlled Substances
According to regulations of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), prescriptions for Schedule II controlled substances must be in writing and signed by the practitioner issuing the prescription. However, the regulations provide for an exception...
Protocol Lets R.Ph. Guide Patient on Rx
With guidance from their community pharmacists, patients with certain medical conditions would be able to "prescribe" their own medications under a treatment management protocol-the first of its kind developed by a Texas professor.Under this new protocol,...
Rite Aid Plans to Take Bite out of Big Apple Market
The nation's largest drugstore chain plans to invest more heavily in new pharmacies in the five boroughs of New York City, and the Big Apple is happy to have Rite Aid as a corporate citizen.A ribbon-cutting ceremony in Manhattan late last month marked...
Robophone System Alerts R.Ph.S to Drug Recall
Some pharmacists who have worried about the snail's pace of urgent drug recalls have come up with a robophone system to reach out and touch virtually every pharmacy in the country.The National Notification Center (NNC) was recently launched in Indianapolis...
Tenn. M.D.S, R.Ph.S Clash over Therapeutic Substitution
Medicine and pharmacy are feuding over therapeutic substitution in Tennessee, with the physicians maintaining that pharmacists want to "legitimize" the practice, while R.Ph.s insist they don't want anything to do with it. Helping fuel the fight is a...
The Best of
Let's face it, it's been a hard winter for most of us. So Drug Topics decided it was time, once again, to take a lighthearted look at some of pharmacists' favorite things. The last time we took such a break was April 1993, and, for your pure enjoyment,...
Treating AIDS: Update and Outlook
Introduction In 1981, the first cases of symptomatic HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection were recognized as AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). These initial AIDS cases, recognized in the homosexual community, were characterized by Kaposi's...
Under Pressure
A committee consisting of experts from the American Society of Hypertension (ASH) is urging private and government health insurers to reimburse hypertension patients for the purchase of home blood pressure monitoring devices. A panel of experts from...
Worldwide Mission
A grassroots group founded in 1991 by five pharmacists to preserve the right to compound drugs has been transformed into a referral service to meet the unique needs of patients and physicians as far away as Australia.Now numbering 750 members, Professionals...
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