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Articles from Vol. 146, No. 9, May 6

Arthritis Pain Guidelines Raising Some Eyebrows
Rx CARE Pharmacists will find oxycodone making headlines once again. This time, however, it is as a recommended drug of choice for patients with severe arthritis pain unrelieved by other methods. This recommendation and others were set forth at the American...
Authoritative Information on CAM Sorely Needed
COMPLEMENTARY CARE Providing good information on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to the American public is foremost among the recommendations issued by the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy (WHCCAMP)...
California Pharm.D. Takes Patient Care in Her Own Hands
When a young California pharmacist-to-be counsels her patients, she uses her hands to communicate the drug information that neither she nor her patients can hear. Profoundly deaf since birth, Dana Testa, Pharm.D., is apparently the first pharmacist in...
Care Connections Delivers Pharmaceutical Care to Patients
CHAINS and BUSINESS How can a retailer enrolled in a pharmaceutical company's retail market-share program also deliver appropriate pharmaceutical care to patients? Based on feedback from community pharmacies, Wyeth discovered that retailers want help...
CDC Introduces Program against Antimicrobial Resistance
HOSPITAL PRACTICE The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recently launched a "Campaign to Prevent Antimicrobial Resistance in Healthcare Settings." The campaign is intended to increase awareness of the problem of antimicrobial resistance...
Compounding Case Leads to R.Ph. Suicide
Jamey Phillip Sheets, 32, apparently could not accept the punishment meted out by the California pharmacy board for a fatal outbreak of meningitis from a drug compounded in the pharmacy he co-owned. A looming license suspension, five years on probation,...
Consumer Coalition Denounces User Fee Drug Law Renewal
GOVERNMENT and LAW Declaring that the Food & Drug Administration "should be ashamed" of the terms it negotiated for renewing the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), which expires Sept. 30, a coalition of patient and consumer groups is urging...
Drug Firms Shuffle Rx Discount Cards
Just when it looked like the players had been dealt their hands in the high-stakes prescription drug discount card game, seven drug companies have reshuffled the deck. Up to 11 million Medicare enrollees will be eligible for the free Together Rx card,...
Electronic Prescribing Takes Giant Step Forward
TECHNOLOGY The goal of electronic prescribing got a little closer last month when Giant Food unveiled a system that will connect its 154 pharmacies to local physicians. Using a desktop PC, handheld device, or cell phone, participating physicians will...
Experts Give Clues on How to Stay Clear of Counterfeit Drugs
GOVERNMENT/LAW If Levi's jeans and Gucci belts are knocked off all the time, can pharmaceuticals be far behind? But whereas fashion knockoffs only dent the sales of the brand companies, pharmaceutical counterfeiting puts patients at risk. The World Health...
How Community Pharmacy, Managed Care Can Collaborate
MANAGED CARE Are managed care and community pharmacy destined to be adversaries, or can they be partners? While they'll never be bosom buddies, they certainly have many things in common. That's the conclusion of two speakers at the Academy of Managed...
How R.Ph.S Can Meet Challenges Posed by Low-Literacy Patients
COMMUNITY PRACTICE It is estimated that as many as 50% of U.S. adults function at or below marginal literacy levels. According to Ann Marie Brooks, M.S.N., St. Mark's Hospital Diabetes Center, Salt Lake City, those considered to have low health literacy...
Legal Q&A: Do's and Don'ts of Providing Information
If you have a practice-related legal question, please e-mail it to drug.topics@medec.com. We will get you a response from Ken Baker, R.Ph., J.D., vp. and general counsel at Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Co. The following is his response to the question...
Many Questions Remain about Immunotherapies for Cancer
Anticancer vaccines are on the way, but don't hold your breath. That was the unstated conclusion from the initial education session at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting held recently in San Francisco. Phase I trials of vaccines...
New Easy-to-Use Insulin Device Should Improve Compliance
It's tough to manage diabetes. As if dealing with multiple medications, diet, and exercise weren't enough, insulin therapy can be especially challenging. Patients not only struggle with when to take their insulin, they have to accurately measure a dose...
Nitisinone (Nih-TY-Zih-Noan)
NEW DRUG CHECKLIST. For the patient Nitisinone treats a hereditary condition called tyrosinemia, which causes your body to produce too much of an amino acid called tyrosine. This condition can cause unwanted effects on the liver and kidneys. This medicine...
Ohio R.Ph. May Avoid Criminal Trial
A criminal indictment against an Ohio hospital pharmacist for a fatal medication error will be dropped and the charge downgraded to a low-grade misdemeanor under a tentative settlement reached last month in Toledo. Daniel Scott, R.Ph., will not face...
Ore. R.Ph.S Support Drug Plan Using Medical Savings Account
GOVERNMENT/LAW A rheumatologist, the executive director of the state pharmacists association, and a senior citizen advocate have proposed a plan that would supply seniors in Oregon with $600 annually for prescription drugs starting in January 2003. Here's...
Pharmacy Education Lures APhA Veteran to AACP
A decade into her tenure at the American Pharmaceutical Association, Lucinda Maine decided it was time to return to her roots deep in the soil of pharmacy education. Maine is prepping to take over the helm of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy...
Practical Management of Obesity
The increasing prevalence of obesity in the industrialized world constitutes an alarming epidemic. In a 1999 press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta director Jeffrey P Koplan, M.D., commented that the obesity epidemic...
Prices of OTCs in Some Categories Are Trending Up
SELF-CARE These days, many over-thecounter products are fetching some pretty steep prices. From tooth-whitening systems to bug repellents to glucosamine/chondroitin supplements to razors, OTC prices are edging upward and, in some cases, causing sticker...
Program Demystifies Medicare Documentation
A New Jersey pharmacist plans to go national with a program he developed to take the mystery out of complying with Medicare documentation requirements that are part of an attempt to squeeze more dollars out of Uncle Sam. Many New Jersey pharmacists scratched...
RxHub Want to Know
RxHub, the electronic prescribing venture created last year by three PBMs, has published its industrywide specifications for e-- connectivity. The firm is seeking comments from all participants in the Rx creation and delivery process prior to publication...
Supermarket Pharmacies Want to Work with Pharmacy Schools
Collaboration between supermarket pharmacy chains and pharmacy schools may be more crucial to the future of pharmacy than ever before. This message was delivered by Ron Sims, R.Ph., chairperson of Food Marketing Institute's (FMI's) 15th annual supermarket...
The Power of the Pharmacist
Pharmacists feel they're gaining authority in some areas and lagging in others As the role of the pharmacist continues to evolve, R.Ph.s' influence over drug product selection, drug administration, and drug therapy management is also changing. To gain...
Treatment of Hypertension Poses Challenge for R.Ph.S
Hypertension affects one in four adults in the United States, and while it's usually managed in an outpatient setting by a primary care physician or cardiologist, inpatient treatment is sometimes necessary for patients with erratic and dangerously high...
Two High Courts Uphold Pharmacists' Duty to Warn
COMMUNITY PRACTICE The highest courts in Illinois and Massachusetts both ruled within days of each other that pharmacists have certain duties to protect patients from potential harm caused by their medications. In the case of Happel v. Wal-Mart Stores...
Upbeat Generic Drug Industry Poised for Future Growth
NEWSBREAKS Making the most of the David and Goliath analogy, generic pharmacy industry leaders expressed confidence that increasing support from a coalition that includes corporate America, trade associations, consumer groups, governors, and healthcare...
What's Not Wrong with This Prescription?
VIEWPOINT A pharmacy technician received the original prescription illustrated in the figure below. It appeared to the technician that the prescriber had ordered "2X Retro Syrup." The technician, however, knew there was no commercially available product...
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