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Articles from Vol. 143, No. 17, September 6

A Guide to Senior Care
When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now ... will you still need me, will you still treat me, when I'm sixty-four? The answer seems to be a resounding Yes, judging from statistics that bear the good news of a 28-year increase in the life...
Big Bucks, Bonuses, Even BMWs Used to Woo R.Ph.S
The lure of a new BMW on lease, $50 an hour, or a $10,000 signing bonus, while not the norm, are some of the ways pharmacists are being courted by employers desperate to fill vacancies, according to employment agencies flogging high-- paying jobs in...
Dealing with Patient Diversity in Pharmacy Practice
TRENDS IN PHARMACY AND PHARMACEUTICAL CARE Historically, pharmacy has played a special role in the delivery of care to people from different cultures, socioeconomic groups, and geographic locations. Because of its dynamic immigration patterns and heterogeneous...
'Dear Pharmacist' Letter Raising Some Privacy Concerns
Dear Pharmacist" letters from drugmakers are nothing new. But one sent by Merck & Co. recently, concerning its product Pepcid (famotidine) RPD, has raised a few eyebrows as well as some serious concerns among pharmacists. The Merck letter, signed...
DTC Ad Sponsors Must Warn of Dangers or Be Sued
Pharmaceutical firms that advertise prescription medicines directly to consumers can be sued in New Jersey if they don't warn of a drug's potential side effects or risks, the state supreme court ruled recently. In a 5-2 decision, the court said Wyeth-Ayerst,...
First GnRH Antagonist Gains Approval for Fertility Regimens
The complex interplay of hormones involved in the creation of human life makes assistedreproduction technologies a delicate balancing act. Therapies are complex and sometimes painful, causing additional distress to infertile couples in whom emotion already...
Formulary Protections Enacted
Connecticut and Texas have new laws on the books to protect patients from formulary changes. In Connecticut, a health plan cannot delete items from a formulary more than once a year. Patients and providers must be given 180 days' notice of any such changes....
Growing Old with Your Patients
It's difficult to talk about aging and longevity when a tragedy such as the earthquake in Turkey occurs, killing and maiming so many people of all ages. Yet life, miraculously, goes on. Recent statistics indicate that it's going on longer for many people,...
Is This Any Way to Run a Cyberspace Business?
Hardly a day goes by without a drugstore or health-care information outlet setting up shop on-line. One of the newest arrivals in cyberspace is Vitamins.com, and its president, Robert Haft, former CEO of Phar-Mor, isn't leaving much to chance. His strategy...
JCAHO to Tighten Survey of Home Care Groups
Accreditation is going to get tougher. That was the word delivered at ASHP's Conference on Home, Hospice, and Long-term Care in Chicago by representatives of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Faced with criticism by the...
Judge Sides with Wal-Mart R.Ph.S on Overtime
A federal judge has ruled in favor of pharmacists in a long-running collective action suit charging that Wal-Mart owes them back pay for overtime hours. U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado Judge Zita Weinshienk issued a summary judgment...
Letters
Technician training is key To Bill Daniel, R.Ph., Fairfield, Texas ("Letters," Drug Topics, Aug. 2.): We are similar in many ways. I am a pharmacist for 33 years and owned my own business for 20 years. At that time, I trained one technician; she trained...
Make Way for Progestin-Only Emergency Contraceptive
NEW DRUG The growing emergency contraceptive market has acquired an addition-the first Food & Drug Administration-approved progestinonly product, intended to prevent pregnancy after known or suspected contraceptive failure or unprotected intercourse....
M.D.S, R.Ph.S Offer Seniors' Discount Card
Not so very long ago, Long Island pharmacists were angrily picketing physicians. Now, the two professions are cooperating to offer the Medicare crowd a low-cost prescription drug card good for significant discounts at their local participating independent...
More States Seeking to Create, Expand Rx Aid for Elderly
While Congress and the White House bicker over the shape-- if any-of a Medicare drug benefit, 14 states already are helping low-income seniors buy needed medications. Maine, Maryland, and New Jersey have been doing so for two decades or more. Delaware...
New Product Newswire
NEW DRUGS Now available from Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Cincinnati, (800) 543-8338, is Cenestin (synthetic conjugated estrogens, A). As the only plant-based estrogen replacement therapy product on the market, Cenestin is an alternative to equinederived...
Pharmacists Likely Winners as IG Report Criticizes JCAHO
Pharmacists may be unexpected beneficiaries from a report by the Inspector General that criticized the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) hospital survey procedures. As a result of the findings, Health Care Financing...
Playing Rx Monopoly?
West Virginia alleges PCS, Rite Aid employ "unfair and deceptive practices' West Virginia has filed a suit against PCS Health Systems Inc., PCS Mail Services, and Rite Aid Corp. Frances Hughes, managing deputy attorney general, said the state believes...
Software Program Offers Insights into Patients' Psyche
Heading into a session with a diabetes patient, the pharmacist scans the file to jog her memory about Mr. Brown. In addition to the usual clinical data, there's a printout about his communication style. She sees that he needs accurate, detailed information...
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