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Articles from Vol. 143, No. 20, October 18

Allergy Alert
New national initiative emphasizes pharmacists role in managing allergic rhinitis Pharmacists, on the front line of health care, are in a strong position to help patients manage allergic rhinitis before it leads to more serious health problems. They...
All Providers Must Be Mobilized to Prevent Drug-Related Deaths
Preventable drug-related morbidity happens at unreasonable levels-what may even be seen in the future as "criminal behavior," said Douglas Hepler, Ph.D., of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. "The system is flawed, and too little is done...
Alzheimer's Shots?
Is it possible to extend the concept of immunization to a non-infectious neurologic disorder such as Alzheimer's disease (AD)? According to a recent study published in Nature, vaccination may be applicable to one hypothesized pathological component of...
Are You Ready?
President's council positive about the nation's preparedness for Y2K, but the public may still overreact-and you can help The executive director of the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion relayed some positive news about the country's readiness...
Buyer Beware of Internet Drugs, Study Warns
Consumers who browse the Internet to purchase medications risk getting fleeced, not to mention putting their health in danger, according to a University of Pennsylvania study of 46 pharmacy Web sites. Prices were 10% higher for two popular on line Rx...
California Board Gets an Earful on Workplace Issues
When the California pharmacy board held an open forum on pharmacy manpower last month, a lot of folks showed up to give the regulators a piece of their minds on issues ranging from the pharmacist shortage and license reciprocity to technicians and working...
Campaign to Help Women Use Drugs Wisely Kicks Off
Last year, some 6,000 chain pharmacies distributed one million brochures designed to aid women in their dual roles as medication users and family medication supervisors. The new goals for this month alone are the involvement of 21,000 pharmacies and...
Congressman Blasts M.D.S for Not Using Aid Programs
Rep. Tom Coburn, an obstinate obstetrician who's quitting Congress after three terms to deliver babies fulltime, offered his fellow physicians and President Clinton some strong medicine to see that senior citizens fill their prescriptions. At a hearing...
Continuing Education: Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapy of Nausea and Emesis
One of the most unpleasant human experiences other than severe pain, and which may at times even accompany severe pain, is the experience of dizziness, nausea, retching, and emesis, or vomiting. Although vomiting clearly is a very disturbing experience,...
Don't Miss the Point
A community pharmacist received the original prescription shown in Figure 1. The mother of the four-month-old patient brought the Rx to the pharmacy. The pharmacist entered the prescription information into the computer as Reglan (metoclopramide) Syrup,...
Hospitals Focusing More Attention on Medication Error Reporting
A rash of high-profile medication errors over the past few years, coupled with pressure from consumers, has forced many hospitals to pay closer attention to the root causes of medication errors. In an exclusive Hospital Pharmacist Report survey on medication...
Hypertension and Management of the Common Cold
Goals 1. To offer a comprehensive overview of hypertension classification and management. 2. To provide pharmacists with information concerning appropriate selections of cold and flu medications for patients with hypertension. Objectives Discuss the...
ICAAC Meeting Highlights Newest Infection Fighters
Running to stay ahead of emerging resistance, drug manufacturers were happy to report some promising studies for new antiinfectives, including antivirals for flu and HIV, at this year's meeting of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents &...
Independent Superstars 1999
A recent study by CareData Reports Inc. revealed that consumers who use independent drugstores experience a higher degree of satisfaction than those who frequent chain, supermarket, and mass-merchandiser pharmacies. It also showed that those customers...
New Consumer Efforts Offer Tips for Taking Drugs Safely
These days, prescription medication safety is a hot topic. One company that has launched a program to promote drug safety is Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Raritan, N.J. The firm has prepared a new public education brochure entitled Prescription for Safety:...
New Database Checks for Drug-Nutrient Interactions
Realizing the benefits of providing pharmacists and consumers with information concerning potential interactions between drugs and herbal/nutritional supplements, Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health's pharmacy-management software subsidiary, Renlar Systems,...
New Product Newswire
Rx NEW DRUGS Relenza (zanamivir for inhalation) has been approved by the FDA in time for the upcoming flu season. The new drug, from Glaxo Wellcome, Research Triangle Park, N.C., (888) TALK TO GW, is indicated for the treatment of uncomplicated acute...
New Rx Flu Remedies May Pose Threat to OTC Drug Market
Millions of Americans prone to influenza have the option of reaching for at least one new prescription drug. Glaxo Wellcome is putting Food & Drug Administration-approved Relenza (zanamivir for inhalation) for influenza A and B on drugstore shelves....
Pharmacy Boards to Face Electronic Rx Pads
Ohio's pharmacy board became the first state to approve one of the new palm-top electronic prescription pads that promoters hope to put in the hands of physicians. Cincinnati-based PocketScript is the e-Rx pad system that won a goahead last month from...
Powerful Antibiotic Approved for Life-Threatening Infections
Perhaps destined from its pipeline days to eventually take the place of vancomycin as the drug of last resort, powerhouse antibiotic Synercid (quinupristin/dalfopristin) has finally entered the market via the Food & Drug Administration's accelerated...
Promising Research Brings Hope to Parkinson's Patients
Just think of it as a better way to administer levodopa to patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). That's how Warren Olanow, M.D., head of neurology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, views entacapone, an investigational catechol-O-methyltransferase...
R.Ph. Finds Consumers Becoming Complementary Care Friendly
In 1993 Robert Fazzini, R.Ph., owner of White's Pharmacy, Morristown, N.J., began offering complementary care products and advice. His traditional pharmacy patients were skeptical. Today, however, they are more confident. He finds patients eagerly seeking...
R.Ph.S Lagging as Source for Supplement Information
When consumers seek information about herbal remedies, only 23% turn to their pharmacists, according to a survey by Prevention magazine. When the topic is vitamins, 32% ask R.Ph.s for advice. The top information provider for both categories of dietary...
Several Investigations Target Rite Aid Pricing Policies
An alleged policy of tacking additional charges onto prescriptions for some patients has Rite Aid Corp. facing legal troubles coast to coast. Lawsuits have been filed in Florida and Pennsylvania, while attorneys general in California and New York are...
Stateside
Texas three-step Two epilepsy groups and DuPont Pharmaceuticals have petitioned the Texas Board of Pharmacy to act on legislation that would require M.D. notification before an R.Ph. could substitute one brand of narrow therapeutic index drug for another....
Supply Side
Congress may order study of pharmacist shortages, hospital errors The House of Representatives has passed legislation that would require a federal study with a one-year deadline to see whether there are enough pharmacists. The measure also would mandate...
Tool Kit Helping Pharmacists Boost Drug Compliance
Pharmacists who want to play a role in battling the hidden health threat of patient noncompliance can check out a new tool kit from the American Heart Association. Identifying noncompliance as a weak link in the health-care chain, the AHA has launched...
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