Drug Topics

Monthly news magazine reports on all phases of pharmacy for community and health-system pharmacists. Concise, easy-to-read news reports cover managed care trends, professional issues, national and state governmental activities, new prescription drugs, OTCs, and new merchandising and marketing techniques.

Articles from Vol. 143, No. 16, August 16

Above and Beyond
Drug Topics salutes outstanding chain pharmacists for their contributions to the profession It sounds simple enough. Webster's defines pharmacist as "one engaged in pharmacy" andpharmacy as "the art or practice of preparing, preserving, compounding and...
Forget Me Not
Forgot where you left your keys or where you parked your car? You might just shrug off those rather unmemorable experiences and blame absentmindedness, but scientists are looking at your moments of forget fulness as possible precursors to Alzheimer's...
Independents Welcome New Service to Bring Them On-Line
On the same day that drugstore.com went public and saw its stock skyrocket, the National Community Pharmacists Association announced it's going to help independents get into the e-commerce game. At a press conference in New York City, NCPA executive...
Letters
Uniform card badly needed In reference to your article on uniform Rx benefit cards (Drug Topics, July 19), I have actually had this conversation: PBM Help Desk: "Hello, can I help you?" Me: "I'd like to check an eligibility." PBM: "ID number, please?"...
Let Your Fingers Do the Walking for Alternative Care Information
How can a pharmacist obtain information on the spot to answer the increasing number of questions from consumers on alternative care medicines? One solution is HealthNotes, a three-- year-old Portland, Ore., firm offering an in-store, kiosk-based software...
Make the Offer to Counsel
New York recently passed a rule allowing only pharmacists to make the offer to counsel patients (Drug Topics, June 7). Bravo! If pharmacists want to be taken seriously by the public and by payers, we must put the patient, not the product, first. As a...
More Insurers Accepting Complementary Care
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) services are appearing on benefit lists at a growing number of managed care organizations. "A significant number of consumers believe that use of these alternative therapies has decreased their consumption...
Net Watchers
Congress weighs new laws as it probes the practices of on-line pharmacies What would a neutered cat want with Viagra? Or, for that matter, a man who would be 98 years old-if he hadn't died 20 years earlier? Those are just some of the ratings-grabbing...
New Antiviral Inhalation Drug Arrives in Time for Flu Season
With one drug in the late stages of development for the common cold and another recently approved for the flu, this certainly appears to be the year for small victories in the war against these ancient enemies of man. The latter product, Relenza (zanamivir...
New California Work Rules Cover Pharmacists
California governor Gray Davis signed into law last month legislation that assures pharmacists of overtime pay, rest breaks, and lunch periods under the state's regulations governing working conditions and hours and wages. The new law, SB 651, specifically...
New Hope for CHF May Come from Older Drugs
The cutting edge of treatment for congestive heart failure may lie not with novel classes of drugs but with drugs that have been sitting on pharmacy shelves for years. Standard therapy, which includes diuretics, digoxin, and ACE inhibitors, just hasn't...
New Product Newswire
Rx NEW DRUGS Novo Nordisk A/S, Princeton, NJ., (609) 987-5800, has received FDA approval for Velosulin BR (human buffered regular insulin [rDNA origin] injection). Indicated for use in external insulin infusion pumps and with U-100 insulin syringes by...
New Report Gauges Success of Retail Pharmacy Programs
Retail pharmacies have been trying to prove their ability to drive market share for years. Now a new report being offered to drug chains, wholesalers, and manufacturers professes to quantify their success. The first 1999 Retail Pharmacy Capabilities...
New Report Supports Amoxicillin Use in Acute Otitis Media
In this grim age of antibiotic resistance, health-care professionals seem all too quick to adopt the attitude of out with the old, in with the new In the desperate race to develop and use bigger and better drugs against the flurry of superbugs, old-faithful...
New Survey Finds Public More Award of DTC Rx Ads
Eighty-one percent of consumers have now seen, read, or heard an ad for a prescription medication, compared with 63% who said they had in 1997. That was among the findings of Prevention magazine's third annual Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Prescription Drug...
N.Y. Pharmacies Singing the Blues over New Contract
When the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (PSSNY) first heard that Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Western New York was going to create a pharmacy network, members were outraged. Initial reports-erroneous and later chalked up to a misunderstanding-indicated...
Pharmacists to FDA: Give Flexeril Switch the Red Light
The Food & Drug Administration's Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee and its Arthritis Advisory Committee are considering whether to give Merck & Co. the green light to switch Flexeril 5 mg (cyclobenzaprine) to over-the-counter status. Drug...
Scratch, Scratch
The growth of superlice has given rise to a slew of creative remedies As schools start this fall, many parents will be flocking to the drugstore to buy not only school supplies but also lice treatments. Driving sales is a new superlouse. These critters,...
ScriptPro Extends System for Automated Dispensing
Seeking to complement the functionality of its fully automated dispensing system, ScriptPro is getting ready to launch two new products to manage unitof-use medications and products too awkward for its robot to handle. ScriptPro has prototypes of a robotic...
Show Me State Moves to Bar Lone Star On-Line Pharmacy
Missouri is trying to permanently bar a Texas on-line pharmacy from selling and shipping prescriptions to state residents. Missouri attorney general Jay Nixon obtained a temporary restraining order in state court last month against pharmacist William...
Students Learning to Build Pharmacy Care Centers
Why do carpenters earn $40 an hour? That's just one question students confront as they design a virtual patient care center during a community pharmacy management course at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Carpenters are expensive because...
System Links Nursing Home and Pharmacy to Reduce Drug Errors
A new medication-ordering system uses the Internet to link a pharmacy to its nursing home clients as a way to cut down on telephone tag, illegible faxes, and medication errors. The Automated Medication Ordering System (AMOS) from RNA Health Information...
The Pharmacist as Vitamin Expert
Most pharmacies today have a large inventory of vitamin supplements for sale, and the pharmacist is an accessible health-are professional available to provide information to the consumer about the appropriate use of these products. Therefore, it is essential...
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