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Articles from Vol. 145, No. 7, April 2

Alternatives to Injectable Insulin, Other New Drugs on the Way
HOSPITAL PRACTICE Wouldn't it be a boon not to have to inject insulin at all, or at least not as often? That was the hope held out in San Francisco during the annual meeting of the American Association or the Advancement of Science. There were reports...
AmeriSource, Bergen Brunswig Map Megamerger
The pace of consolidation in the drug wholesale industry sped up late last month when AmeriSource Health Corp. and Bergen Brunswig Corp. unveiled a merger of equals that they valued at $7 billion. The new combined company, dubbed AmeriSource-Bergen Corp.,...
Annual Rx Survey: Behind the Numbers
Drug company mergers were a prime mover of pharmaceutical sales last year, Scott-Levin survey finds For many industries, 2000 was a year best remembered for what didn't happen The millennium bug didn't bite. The technology market didn't continue to surge....
Creighton Pioneers Web-Based Pharm.D. Program
Spurred by a national shortage of pharmacists and underwritten by a $1 million grant from community pharmacy Creighton University is venturing into cyberspace with the first Pharm.D. degree based on the Web. This is believed to be the first on-line program...
Everything Old Is New Again
Having played the piano since I was eight, I appreciate and enjoy all kinds of music, but I especially enjoy jazz. I have a jazz station on in my office all day. Most of the time I don't pay a great deal of attention to the song being broadcast. I just...
Getting Paid for Services Still No.1 Problem for Infusion Industry
HOME CARE While the home infusion industry is grappling with a variety of tough issues, there are plenty of strategies available to deal with them. So said Lorrie Kline Kaplan, the National Home Infusion Association execufive director, speaking to attendees...
How FDA Reviews Drug Names
Editors' note: According to a 1999 Institute of Medicine report, approximately 7,000 deaths occur yearly due to medication errors. To help save lives, the Food & Drug Administration has agreed to share information on its drug error prevention activities...
How to Jump-Start Your System for Motivating Staff
Business cards for all employees. Potluck lunches. Morning announcements of birthdays and anniversaries. What's today's pharmacy coming to? Bruce Roberts, R.Ph., owner of Leesburg Pharmacy, Leesburg, Va., insisted that such measures create a workplace...
Identifying and Managing Patients with Asthma and Allergy
Continuing Education TRENDS IN PHARMACY AND PHARMACEUTICAL CARE Asthma kills about 5,000 Americans per year, representine a steady increase over the past several decades, according to a 1997 estimate of the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute...
It's Coming
HOSPITAL PRACTICE Electronic physician order entry yields benefits to New York hospital Electronic physician order entry (POE) might not be a reality in your hospital yet, but it's probably only a matter of time. According to the Gartner Group, which...
Letters
State barriers to licensure I have been a New York State licensed pharmacist since 1993. I took NAPLEX and the law examination to become licensed in New York. I have been practicing as an R.Ph. in a large county hospital for seven years. Now I plan to...
New Asthma Combo Offers Dual Approach
Rx CARE Recognizing that both inflammation and bronchoconstriction play crucial roles in causing asthma symptoms, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will soon offer what it claims is the first medication that targets both of these components. Advair Diskus combines...
New Product Newswire
NEW DRUGS From Dermik Laboratories, Berwyn, Pa., (484) 595-2710, comes a new combination prescription for acne. Approved by the FDA for marketing in the United States is BenzaClin (clindamycin 1%, benzoyl peroxide 5% gel). Clindamycin is a widely prescribed...
On-Line Transparency: The New Trend for Managed Care
Some of the mystery of healthcare coverage is vanishing as managed care companies and pharmacy benefit management (PBM) firms post new information on the Internet. There it is available to those who care most-consumers, pharmacists, and physicians. Humana...
Paper Chase
GOVERNMENT and LAW Industry debates whether electronic labeling is an idea whose time has come Industry-led plans to see whether the familiar paper package insert (PPI) can be replaced with an electronic version are advancing. A task force formed by...
Rx Mistakes Revisited
APhA wrestles again with medication error policy at its convention in San Francisco Last year, a late retreat by its house of delegates stopped the American Pharmaceutical Association from registering official opposition to mandatory reporting of serious...
State Budget-Cutters Eye Medicaid Rx Costs
GOVERNMENT/LAW Medicaid pharmacy reimbursements are under attack across the country. From Connecticut to Oregon and Michigan to Texas, proposed cuts are on the table. A survey by the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) found at least a...
States Making Some Headway on Uniform Prescription Card
COMMUNITY PRACTICE The Dakotas, North and South, have climbed on the national bandwagon for uniform prescription plan identification cards to eliminate some of the third-party hassles that are driving community pharmacy staffs to distraction. The governors...
Technology Update
USP promotes MedMARx The U.S. Pharmacopeia reached an agreement with Baxter Healthcare Corp. to promote and market MedMARx to hospitals and health-care systems. MedMARx is USP's Internet-accessible national database that allows hospitals to anonymously...
To Catch a Thief
CHAINS and BUSINESS Security expert gives tips on how to reduce the risk of theft in your pharmacy You have a suspicion that an employee is stealing from your pharmacy. What's an owner or manager to do? Set up an early detection system for catching would-be...
U.S. Rx Drug Market Tops $140 Billion
Pharmaceutical manufacturers racked up sales of $140 billion in the United States last year, and supermarket pharmacies were the fastest-growing market segment for such Rx purchases, according to an industry analyst. The usual suspects-an aging population,...
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