Drug Topics

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Articles from Vol. 142, No. 3, February 2

A Creatine Primer
Misleading coverage taints dietary supplement In gyms around the country, athletes have wanted to know if creatine monohydrate, a popular dietary supplement, could help them add lean muscle and boost performance. Now, after a flurry of sensationalized-and...
Alabama R.Ph.S Wage War on Tobacco, Snuff
Convincing teenage boys in Alabama that chewing and spitting tobacco won't help them hit more home runs or bench-press more pounds is the goal of a new educational program enlisting the aid of pharmacists and pharmacy students. Smokeless tobacco, whether...
A New Stamp Commemorates Historic Drug Law
Last month, amid the antique splendor of the circa 1846 Hooks American Drug Store Museum in Indianapolis, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a new stamp commemorating the Pure Food & Drug Act of 1906. The brightly colored stamp, reminiscent of the...
Backlash
Pro-life R.Ph.s attack APhA's position as 'unacceptable' It didn't take long for the pro-life forces to start drumming up opposition to a proposed policy that American Pharmaceutical Association's officials say holds dissenting pharmacists responsible...
Big Internal Analgesics Category Sees Small Changes
Until McNeil began marketing Tylenol as an OTC in the mid1970s, the only analgesics available without a prescription were aspirin and aspirin compounds. The leading brands were Anacin, Bayer Aspirin, Bufferin, and Excedrin. Acetaminophen revolutionized...
Calif. Company Agrees to Change Cholestin Label
Pharmanex Inc., manufacturer of the dietary supplement Cholestin, has consented to relabeling its product following pressure from the Food & Drug Administration. The FDA has been at odds for months with the Simi Valley, Calif., firm because Cholestin,...
California Law Rush
California Gov. Pete Wilson declared last summer he would not consider any new legislation dealing with managed care until he received recommendations from the specially appointed Managed Health Care Improvement Task Force after the first of the year....
Changing of the Guard
Walgreens' new CEO expects to turn the tide in Rx business The Walgreen Co. expects to have 3,000 stores and to serve over one billion customers annually by the year 2000, president and CEO L. Daniel Jorndt told stockholders at the company's annual meeting...
Creatine Controversy
In gyms around the country, athletes have wanted to know if creatine monohydrate, a popular dietary supplement, could help them add lean muscle and boost performance. Now, after a flurry of sensationalized-and inaccurate-reports in the media, many want...
Embezzlement Charged
A veteran staffer at the Kentucky Pharmacists Association has been indicted for allegedly embezzling more than $200,000 from KPhA over four years. Rhonda D. Ivers, an executive assistant at the association for eight years, was indicted by a Franklin...
First Ear Solution in 20 Years Cleared for Otitis Media
Floxin Otic (ofloxacin otic solution) 0.3%, a topical form of the widely used fluoroquinolone, approved last December, is scheduled to hit the marketplace Feb. 16. Ofloxacin is indicated for otitis externa in patients one year and older, acute otitis...
HCFA Mystery
The case of the disappearing pharmacists Federal regulators are proposing to eliminate references to pharmacists in a revised version of the "conditions of participation" (COPS) for hospitals in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The Health Care Financing...
Latelines
Health agencies joining forces to curb resistance Various health agencies, including the CDC and the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, have joined forces in an effort to curb antibiotic resistance. The agencies will sponsor an educational...
Law Firm Goes after California Pharmacists over Lindane
More than bills and belated holiday day cards turned up in the mailboxes of several California pharmacists this January. A number of independent and chain pharmacies received letters from attorney Shawn Khorrami regarding possible violations of a California...
Letters
I found your article re OBRA '90 (Drug Topics, Jan. 5) interesting, thoughtprovoking, and balanced between the various viewpoints. It is time that pharmacy got off our collective rears and demonstrated the value of our services to the public. Only by...
Managed Care Regulation on Congress' Plate for '98
A hodgepodge of legislation affecting pharmacy is up for consideration by Congress, now back on the job after nearly three months off. Regulation of managed care is the high-profile health-care policy issue for 1998, with Rep. Charlie Norwood's Patient...
M.D.S, R.Ph.S: Cooperate or Collapse
In the Oct. 6, 1997, issue of Drug Topics, my good friend Albert Wertheimer, Ph.D., director of outcomes research and management for Merck & Co., was quoted from a vital and important speech he gave at the Congress of International Pharmacy Federation...
Medstakes
Experts offer suggestions for eliminating Rx errors Imagine General Motors ordering steel with a scrawled note. Inconceivable. Imagine potentially lethal agents given to sick people on that basis every day. Routine. Lucian Leape, M.D., whose 1995 study...
Nature's Fury
MAJOR STORIES FOR PHARMACISTS AT DEADLINE Killer storm can't put New England pharmacists on ice Like their fellow Yankees, New England pharmacists lived up to the region's reputation as the home of hardy, can-do folk when the worst ice storm in living...
Net Gains
Implementing a plan that's been on the drawing board for years, a Texas pharmacist is building a network of fellow R.Ph.s to man the telephone and counsel the consumer willing to pay $2.99 a minute or more for their expertise. The Pharmacists' Network...
New Hypoglycemic Offers Diabetic Patients Several
Different but the same! That would be one way to describe the newest oral hypoglycemic aRent-approved for the treatment of noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus as monotherapy and in conjunction with glucophage (Metformin, BristolMyers Squibb) if either...
Panel Targeting Optimal Heart Failure Treatment
More than 100 cardiologists from from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom have come together to form an advisory panel with one major goal: to provide health professionals with the educational tools needed to treat heart failure (HF) patients...
Pharmacy Compounding and Congress
New federal legislation which will go into effect in one year, expands the previous Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act (FDCA) compounding exemption. Under the new law, the FDCA is not applicable to compounding if the drug product is compounded for an identified...
Pharmacy Learns the Hard Way It's on the Outs with Processors
It was perplexing at first, to say the least. Brian Jorgensen, founder of Medicine Man Pharmacy in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, along with his partners at a handful of franchised locations, arrived at work one day in November of last year to find they'd lost...
Powerhouse
New quinolone arrives with a rainbow of indications Another member of the growing fluoroquinolone family has been approved for the treatment of a whopping 14 bacterial infections-and not just the ordinary garden variety type, either. Along with its activity...
R&D Budgets Top $20 Billion, and Pipeline Is Full
Brand-name drug companies will spend more than $20 billion this year to discover and develop new medicines. The investment represents nearly an 11% increase over 1997, according to an annual survey by the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of...
R.Ph.S Expand P&T Influence
Health-system pharmacists are obviously wielding more power on their pharmacy and therapeutics committees. In a recent survey conducted by Drug Topics/Hospital Pharmacist Report, 70% of respondents indicated that pharmacists' influence on their respective...
Talc Improves Quality of Life for Pleural Effusion Patients
A new prepackaged sterile talc powder is expected to make life much easier for those involved in preparing and administering this popular remedy for cancer patients who have suffered pleural effusions and are at risk for more. Prepackaged, sterilized...
Technology Update
Allowing pharmacists and physicians to communicate electronically by eventually harmonizing transmission standards is the goal behind a memorandum of understanding signed between the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs and Health Level Seven...
The Class of 1997-Part 1: Make Way for 39 New Drug Approvals
The Food & Drug Administration did not approve a gusher of new molecular entities in 1997, as it did in 1996, when it gave its blessing to a whopping 53 products. But last year's total of 39 new chemical entities still represents a respectable output,...
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