Drug Topics

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Articles from Vol. 145, No. 22, November 19

A Review of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Continuing Education CREDIT: This lesson provides two hours of CE credit and requires a passing grade of 70%. OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this article, the pharmacist should be able to: Describe the typical and atypical symptoms and potential complications...
Bioterrorism and the Role of the R.Ph
VIEW POINT Across the United States, people are afraid. Parents are warning their children not to open mail. Office workers worry about incoming mailand grouse that their bosses would order safety precautions more quickly if they, themselves, were handling...
California Hospitals Brace for Med Error Law's 2002 Deadline
HOSPITAL PRACTICE California hospitals have less than two months to come up with formal plans to reduce medication errors. The Jan. 1, 2002, deadline is part of legislation sponsored by State Sen. Jackie Speir that became law in 2000. All hospitals in...
Defending the Dermis
COVER STORY Many new drugs are in the pipeline to treat psoriasis, eczema, and acne Skin diseases are more than skindeep. They can be expensive and time-consuming. They affect self-esteem, personal relationships, and career. They also have health implications-predisposing...
Expert Provides Menu on How to Prevent Pharmacy Robberies
CHAINS and BUSINESS A comprehensive plan for stopping pharmacy robberies might include protective barriers, signs, closed-circuit television (CCTV), limited stocks of narcotics, and more, said security consultant King Rogers. He was speaking at the recent...
Here Come New Products for Cough, Cold, and Flu Season
SELF-CARE With the cough, cold, and flu season right around the corner, many pharmaceutical manufacturers are releasing new OTCs for these conditions. Here's a sampling of what consumers will find on store shelves: Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) is unwrapping...
HIV Treatment Advances with First Drug in a New Class
Treatments for HIV infection continue to evolve and be implemented rapidly Consider Viread (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, Gilead Sciences, Foster City, Calif.), the first nucleotide analog reverse transcriptase inhibitor approved by the Food & Drug...
Judge Lets Bush Move on Rx Card, as Novartis Offers Its Own
NEWSBREAKS Turning aside community pharmacy's arguments, a federal judge is giving the Bush Administration another crack at crafting a Medicare drug discount plan. In a related development, a second pharmaceutical manufacturer is launching its own discount...
Letters
Compounding and Betty Crocker Your article "Compounding interest" (Drug Topics, Oct. 1) was fraught with misperceptions concerning compounding-misperceptions I would like to correct here. First, the activities of the pharmacist in Kansas City who adulterated...
Lipid Modifier Combining Statin and Niacin to Bow in 2002
Rx CARE With increasing identification of various atherogenic lipids and a persistent calling for lower target lipid levels, controlling dyslipidemia with monotherapy is becoming less and less realistic. As a result, some pharmaceutical manufacturers...
Many Third Parties Claim HIPAA Readiness, Survey Shows
MANAGED CARE Nearly half of the health insurers, health maintenance organizations, and pharmacy benefit managers in a recent survey claimed they are ready for pharmacy's new patient privacy data transmission standard. But there's still some uncertainty...
New Product Newswire
Rx NEW DRUGS Powderject Pharmaceuticals PLC, Oxford, UK, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Evans Vaccines, London, have received what they claim is the first U.S. approval for a preservative-free flu vaccine. The company will supply Fluvirin, a triple-antigen...
No Sticker on Prescription, No Dispensing of Accutane
Beginning next year, Accutane (isotretinoin, Roche) prescriptions must bear a special yellow sticker attached by the physician or the pharmacist should refuse to fill them The stickers are part of the latest risk management plan by the Food & Drug...
Ohio R.Ph. Indicted in Rx Error Death
COMMUNITY PRACTICE In a case that has raised red flags for healthcare professionals, an Ohio pharmacist was indicted by a grand jury last month for allegedly dispensing an overdose of chemotherapy drugs that led to the death of a cancer patient. Daniel...
Pharmacists Focus on Complication Prevention
COMMUNITY PRACTICE Some pharmacists are taking the concept of disease state management to the next level by working with patients to prevent complications, not just manage their disease. Disease complication prevention requires pharmacists to adjust...
Pharmacy Opposes Proposal to Require FDA Number on Labels
GOVERNMENT and LAW Pharmacy groups are resisting a Congressional effort to require a toll-free number for the Food & Drug Administration on every prescription label. The number would be for patients to report adverse drug events (ADEs). Five pharmacy...
Rebates, Market Share, Co-Pays: A Changing Relationship
The tens of thousands of dollars in rebates pharmaceutical companies are now paying to managed care organizations don't make much sense. That's the contention of Gordon Carey, a consultant with McKinsey & Co. How so? Carey explained that rebate levels...

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