Drug Topics

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Articles from Vol. 144, No. 2, January 17

Advanced-Generation Quinolone Offers Broad-Spectrum Activity
With antibiotic resistance on the rise and the medical community bracing for the disastrous possibility of a postantibiotic era, pharmaceutical manufacturers have begun to flood pipelines with antibiotics that hold the promise of warding off a microbial...
Continuing Education: Obesity and New-Onset Diabetes Mellitus
The incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus has, like that of obesity, increased significantly in the past decade and is reaching epidemic proportions in the developed world. Approximately 16 million people in the United States have type 2 diabetes, with...
CVS Chain Embroiled in Privacy Suit in Massachusetts
Patient privacy continues to be a hot issue in the chain drugstore industry. The latest round of litigation concerns a patient mail program CVS undertook, but no longer conducts. Whether you call it a compliance program or manufacturer-sponsored direct...
Eyeing E-Tailing
Response to Clinton's e-pharmacy plan mostly positive, with some major reservations President Clinton's proposal to protect consumers from the illegal sale of pharmaceuticals over the Internet has drawn a largely, though not unanimously, positive response...
Flush with Victory, Compounding Pharmacists See Demand Soar
An attempt by the Food & Drug Administration to limit prescription compounding seems to have backfired. A coalition of compounding pharmacies has successfully challenged advertising restrictions just as consumer interest in products available only...
Intervention Time
PBM executive calls for greater involvement of pharmacists in patient care activities With the steady annual increase in prescription volume expected to continue over the next few years, this is "a good time to be in pharmacy," according to Don Dietz,...
Is Standard Dosing to Blame for Adverse Drug Reactions?
Cookie-cutter drug dosing may be one factor behind the enormous toll of adverse drug events. Too many prescribers take manufacturer-recommended dosages as gospel, warned Jay Cohen, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry at the University of California,...
Letters
Coping with angry patients I read with great interest your article (Drug Topics, Dec. 6) about angry patients putting pharmacists in danger. Unfortunately, the article misses some critical points in dealing with angry patients. It seems to focus on pointing...
New Antiepileptic Drug Arrives with Favorable Safety Profile
Keppra (levetiracetam, UCB Pharma), a newly approved anticonvulsant agent, has arrived with a virtually unknown mechanism of action but a distinct pharmacokinetic profile. Indicated as adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial-onset seizures in...
New Guidelines Urge Walking, and Then Drugs, for Leg Pain
A new algorithm for the treatment of an extremely common medical problem, drawn up by an expert panel including physicians and pharmacists, calls for a walking program and drugs-not surgery-as first-line treatment for most cases of peripheral vascular...
New Product Newswire
NEW DRUGS Warner Chilcott, with its principal offices in Dublin, Ireland, and Rockaway, N.J., (800) 521-8813, is marketing NataChew prescription prenatal multivitamin tablets with iron. The product is formulated with 10 nutrients, including 1 mg of folic...
New Products Easy to Swallow for Sore Throat Market
It's that time again, with patients combing the shelves for an OTC remedy to relieve sore throat pain. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that sore throats account for nearly 18 million office visits per year. A recent survey, conducted...
New Quinolone Arrives on the Scene for Respiratory Problems
With the difficulties some of the fluoroquinolones have had in the past yearremember Trovan and Raxar?-it's understandable that the Food & Drug Administration has been a bit cautious in its approval of one of the latest additions to the quinolone...
Nontraditional Pharm.D. Degree Makes Happier Pharmacists
Pharmacists who earned a nontraditional Pharm.D. degree changed the way they practice to a more clinical approach and have more job satisfaction than when they were B.S.degreed practitioners, according to a national study from the Midwestern University...
Pharmacist Group Goes to the Dogs.And to the Cats
Independent pharmacists who are looking for a new niche in these managed care times or who have already discovered the rewards of compounding drugs for America's pampered pets can join a group dedicated to fostering pharmacy's role in veterinary medicine....
Separate Investigations Probe Fraudulent Rx Drug Practices
James Sheehan likes it when pharmacists want to talk to their "uncle." Joseph Ways probably wouldn't mind, either. Sheehan, an assistant U.S. attorney in Philadelphia, and Ways, chief of the FBI's health-care fraud unit, gave attendees at a pharmaceutical...
The Comeback Kids
The decline of independent drugstores appears to have stabilized; is a renaissance at hand? Nobody loves Goliath," Wilt Chamberlain supposedly lamented once. He should know; the 7-ft. 1-in. basketball superstar who died last year left a long line of...
The New Age of Safety
Well, we made it. With much ado, a new year, a new century, a new millennium finally arrived. Based on all the hoopla, all three promise to be dazzling and exciting. Let's begin the journey, one step at a time.... As 1999 came to a close, the Clinton...
What They're Asking about Herbs-And What You Can Tell Them
These days, Dan Krinsky, R.Ph., M.S., fields numerous questions from patients who want to know whether there is an herbal or dietary supplement for a multitude of health problems that run the gamut from migraine headaches and fibromyalgia to osteoarthritis,...
Y2K Turned into Big Nonevent in Pharmacies Nationwide
Chicken Little was wrong. The sky didn't fall on Jan. 1, 2000, and the Y2K bug didn't bite. Not badly, anyway Scattered computer glitches prevented pharmacists at some Longs and Rite Aid stores around the country from filling prescriptions for a few...
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