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. 154, No. 2, February

A Financial Checkup for Pharmacies
Tools for surviving a turbulent economyPharmacies are experiencing a variety of financial, regulatory, and reimbursement-related challenges that are putting increased pressure on their operations. Decreased access to capital and declining reimbursements...
Another Vote for Team Care
A study published in the Nove m ber/ Dece m ber 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association found that MTM interventions by community pharmacists reduced prescription drug costs by $35 per month on average, or $420 per year per...
My "Secret" for Job Satisfaction
Guest EditorialAs part of our ongoing initiative to encourage dialogue between pharmacists working in different environments, each month Drug Topics will present an editorial by a guest columnist writing on a subject of his or her choice. Send us your...
New Developments in Diabetes Management
Diabetes mellitus is a complex disease state for healthcare providers and patients to manage. Staying up-to-date with the most recent guidelines, recommendations, and research is necessary to provide patients with the most appropriate information and...
New Products
RX & OTCRX CARENew drugsTris Pharma announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Clonidine ER suspension and Clonidine ER tablets, which allow for once -daily dosing. Clonidine is a dire ct- acting alpha 2 adrenergic agonist...
No Magic Bullet for MRSA SSIs
RX CAREReducing the incidence of surgical site infections (SSIs) caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is good medicine and good business. Data published in 2009 show that preventing a single MRSA-caused SSI can save a hospital...
Part 2: Pipeline Drugs 2010
As described in Part 1 of Drug Topics' special pipeline 2010 coverage, the following months promise the appearance on the market of a diverse group of new drug therapies. Notable breakthroughs will include drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease...
Pharms Expand Focus on Women's Health
CHAINS & BUSINESSAs their ever-growing role in healthcare causes pharmacists to concentrate more on medication management and patient consulting, some are specializing in healthcare issues and needs specific to women.In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration...
Spotlight on Oral Care
OTCEach February, the American Dental Association sponsors National ChUdren's Dental Health Month, making it a good time to introduce new oral care products for both chUdren and adults.The Natural Dentist is adding a kidapproved Groovy Grape flavor to...
Surescripts Cuts Rates
CHAINS & BUSINESSElectronic prescribing gave pharmacists an unexpected bonus in January when Surescripts cut its pharmacy routing and transaction fees. Independents can expect to see reductions of 10 percent to 15 percent, possibly more, depending...
Tax-Free Retirement?
CHAINS & BUSINESSQ: What can a Roth IRA do for me that a 401k cannot?A: Most people do not reaUze that the Roth IRA has been around only for about a decade. It was designed to encourage people to save for their retirement needs themselves instead...
The Pharmacist's Quintessential Art
COMMERITARYA patient recently complained to a pharmacist in California about the price of a compounded prescription. He belly-ached that the doctor had said it should only cost $20.Our good friend looked the patient in the eye and said, "Have your doctor...
Understaffed and Overwhelmed
If you are accused of a crime in this country, you have a right to a speedy and public trial. You will probably not get one.From the moment individuals enter the criminal justice system, they are pressured to give up this right, as the system simply...
Walgreens Pushes Back
MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENTWalgreens executives have stated that they must withdraw about half their pharmacies from Washington State's Medicaid program, effective February 15.Of Walgreens' 121 Washington pharmacies, 64 are pulling out because cutbacks to...
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