Drug Topics

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Articles from Vol. 142, No. 20, October 19

American Home Products Herbal Line to Use Pharmaprint Technology
The Whitehall-Robins division of American Home Products (AHP), Madison, N.J., is the latest in a wave of OTC firms jumping into the herbals market. Its new line of supplements, called Centrum Herbals, may have found a way to stand out in this newly crowded...
A Pharm.D. Degree Opens More Doors, Hospital R.Ph.S Say
Does it seem like Pharm.D. pharms are getting the plum assignments while their B.S. colleagues are getting, well, BS? Hospitals and health systems across the country are sprinkled with anecdotal reports of B.S. pharmacists being passed over in favor...
A Privacy Debate
While Congress continues to put off the enactment of federal legislation on health-care privacy and confidentiality and as state legislatures weigh more than 250 bills on the subject, the drumbeat calling for the protection of a patient's right to privacy...
Category 2 Exceptional Merchandising, Advertising, and Promotion
While customer caring and exemplary service will keep customers coming back, a store won't grow and continue to survive in today's retail environment without effective merchandising, advertising, and promotion. From small store to large, low budget to...
Category 3 Overcoming Competition
A restaurateur once said the best thing that could happen to his business would be if another restaurant opened across the street. Two restaurants, he explained, brought twice as many customers in front of his store. And he was confident he had the quality,...
Chains Lood to Central Filling Sites to Tame Rx Volume
Squeezed by tighter margins, pharmacist manpower problems, and rising prescription volumes, some chain drugstores are looking into the concept of dispensing refill prescriptions from a central pharmacy location. Stealing a page out of the mail-service...
Clinical Q&A
Q# What is the therapeutic potential of COX-2 inhibitors? A: About 40 million people suffer from arthritis in the United States, a figure that is expected to reach 60 million by the year 2020. Almost 1% of the gross national product, or $65 billion,...
Coincidence or Conspiracy?
As much as drug companies try to win pharmacists over, I think they are all involved in a conspiracy to drive us crazy. Let me point out the ways. The most obvious smoking gun is packaging. It is no coincidence that the desiccant in most bottles is just...
Dementia in the Elderly
INTRODUCTION Dementia is a major age-related health problem. As more people live to advanced ages, the number of cases of dementia increases. The estimated prevalence of dementia ranges from 3% of persons over age 65 to 47% of those over 85 years of...
Detente
Pharmacy groups make nice on R.Ph. credentialing Hold onto your spatulas, pharmacists. It looks like the profession's heavy hitters are finally inching toward detente on the contentious issue of credentialing for pharmaceutical care. The American Pharmaceutical...
Florida Pharmacist Sues, Alleging Discrimination
Florida pharmacist is suing his former employer-Mariner Medical Services-over alleged sexual and religious discrimination by his female co-workers. Martin P. Moskowitz, now an R.Ph. with another firm in Palm Beach County, recently sued the chain, which...
Formulary Influences
Whatt behind drug selections at managed care companies Get ready to educate those doctors! That's a key takehome message for pharmacists from a recent report by Decision Resources, a research and consulting firm based in Waltham, Mass. The report is...
Going National
NABP expands disease exams across country he disease state examinations developed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy to credential Mississippi pharmacists for Medicaid reimbursement are going national later this month. Four states have...
Gulf Coast Drugstores Escape the Worst of Hurricane Georges
The night before Pattisue Carranza was ordered off the barrier island where she lives and works, her pharmacy almost doubled the number of prescriptions it normally fills. "It was a mad rush because we've had hurricanes before," said Carranza, owner...
Have a Cup of Coffee
Golden Springs Pharmacy, Anniston, Ala. Before buying Golden Springs, Donnie Calhoun was manager of a chain store for six years. "One thing I realized was that 90%-95% of all drugstore customers are women. So after coming to this store, I started looking...
HMO Revising Formulary Pact with Drug Manufacturer
Widespread publicity and professional opposition may have put the brakes on a formulary deal that would give BristolMyers Squibb a lock on five drug categories at one of California's largest health maintenance organizations. A draft agreement to restrict...
House Dems Seeking Breaks on Drugs for Medicare Enrollees
Retail prices for the top 10 brandname drugs used by elderly Americans average 108% higher than the prices manufacturers charge their best customers, according to a Congressional study. The price differentials ranged from 253% for Ticlid (ticlopidine...
Identity Search
What's a drug wholesaler today? That's the fundamental question that the National Wholesale Druggists' Association is wrestling with these days as it seeks new ways of servicing an industry undergoing dramatic change. What's going on? While sales of...
Keeping Ahead of the Joneses
When Steve Hill opened his pharmacy 22 years ago, he must have known he would need to renovate and remerchandise eventually, because he's been on a longtime research mission. "I'm a pilot, and everywhere I've flown, I've gone into drugstores to see their...
Knowing Your Market Helps
Larry Cohen has several competitors to contend with-a CVS a block away, a Brooks another block away, and Stop & Shop yet another block away. But his Park Avenue Pharmacy is competing just fine, thank you. Probably because he understands his market...
Latelines
FDA lists drugs illegal to compound The FDA has issued a list of 60 drug products previously withdrawn for safety or effectiveness reasons that it is proposing not be used in pharmacy compounding. Included are such Rxs as benoxaprofen (Oraflex), bromfenac...
Letters
Why school enrollment is dropping The drop in applications to pharmacy schools (Drug Topics, Sept. 7) should come as no surprise to anyone. The reasons are quite obvious. 1. The entry-level Pharm.D. is a degree that has no respect, and it is deeply resented...
On Bugs and Drugs
Flu agents take center stage at 1998 ICAAC conference As this year's influenza season was about to get under way, there was some good news about the prophylaxis and treatment of both Types A and B influenza at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial...
PCMA Gets Political to Promote Pharmacy Benefit Managers
Taking the offensive, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) is reaching out to consumers, legislators, and other health-care organizations to counteract attacks on pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and their mail-service pharmacies. The...
Refreshing Trend in Facial Skin Care-Pore It On!
D. P. Hamacher & Associates Inc., a Milwaukeebased management consulting company specializing in drugstore management tools, provided the material for this column. For further information, call the Hamacher firm at 1-(800) 888-0889, or email the...
Skin Deep
Consumers who have learned to apply sunscreen faithfully before taking to the ski slopes have good reason to stop and consider. It appears that while most lotions protect against ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, they do not offer protection against ultraviolet...
Study May Have Identified St. John's Wort's Power Source
New research in Germany may have identified one of the active ingredients in St. John's wort. A randomized, double-blind, placebocontrolled, multicenter European study suggested that hyperforin, found almost exclusively in the reproductive organs of...
The New Pickpockets
Dental product targets bad enzyme Be prepared to dispense and counsel on the very first dental product specifically designed to act on the root cause of periodontal disease. Indicated for use as adjunct to scaling and root planing (SRP) in patients with...
Two's Company
When it comes to antiretroviral drugs, two or more always appear to be company. The demonstrated success of HIV combination therapy has made monotherapy passe and elaborate HIV cocktails the talk of the town. Even investigational antiretrovirals given...
We're in the Neighborhood
Sam Kalmanowitz is totally committed to his community. "I've always felt it's important that I give something to the city in appreciation of people in the city being customers of mine." When Meriden did a $23.5 million revitalization of its downtown...
What's Driving Health Care: Let Forbes Count the Ways
Understanding your customer is good. But if you really want to take hold of your destiny, understanding your customer's customer is better. That's the rationale behind a report prepared for the National Wholesale Druggists' Association by the Forbes...
What's New
CompliMed Medical Research Group, Ferndale, Wash., (360) 384-5656, has a new line of vitamin and nutritional supplements to accompany conventional therapy and integrate with the firm's complete homeopathic medicine line for licensed health-care professionals....
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