Drug Topics

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Articles from Vol. 141, No. 10, May 19

Big Business and Pharmacy
How Fortune 500 companies manage their drug costs If community pharmacists want to convince the nation's major employers that they are no longer just dispensers of medications but rather providers of valuable health-care services worth paying for, they'd...
Breathing Exercises
Protecting the ozone layer is going to change the way asthma patients take medications. The Food & Drug Administration is proposing to phase out metereddose inhalant (MDI) formulations of bronchodilators and corticosteriods that use ozone-damaging...
Business Strategist Places High Value on Health Image
The success of drug chains over the next decade won't come from improving on what they've been doing in the past 20 years; it will come from breaking new ground in areas where they enjoy the most appeal, according to Michael Treacy, a corporate strategist...
Charging Ahead
Despite internal consolidations, managed care pressures, governmental budget cutting, and assorted other challenges, the chain drug industry is alive and well and spoiling for more growth, thank you. That's what members of the National Association of...
Conscience vs. Patient Rights
Pharmacists from California to America's heartland who have refused to dispense certain medications have stirred up a controversy over their right to conscientious objection versus their duty to patients. National media seized on the case of an R.Ph.-pharmacy...
Deodorants Category Needs Very Careful Management
WIth the myriad deodorant/antiperspirant items available today, category management is key. Using a supplier's management scheme or one from the wholesaler, the best approach is to stock the best-sellers but constantly remove slow-sellers to accommodate...
Frequently Asked Questions about Asthma, Diabetes, and Hypertension
TRENDS IN PHARMACY AND PHARMACEUTICAL CARE INTRODUCTION Pharmacists play an important role in the education and management of patients with chronic diseases. Asthma, diabetes mellitus, and hypertension are the three most commonly encountered chronic...
Future Shock
Some pharmacists and technicians in high-volume drugstores will confront their future next month when the first fully automated dispensing system designed for community pharmacies arrives behind the counter. Capable of dispensing up to 60 prescriptions...
Gossip Equals Defamation Equals Lawsuit
Scenario 1: "Pssst! Can you believe those idiotic ideas of that new pharmacist hired a few weeks ago?" asked staff pharmacist Smith of the pharmacy technician. "I can't believe our boss hired that pharmacist; she could not have been thinking clearly...
Go to CTO
How much do supermarket pharmacies add to stores? Supermarket pharmacists should learn how to gauge their pharmacy's financial contribution to their store in the same way other store departments measure their contribution. That was the recommendation...
Groups Pushing Use of OCs for Emergency Contraception
Several major health organizations are teaming up in a national campaign to alert physicians and their patients to the use of high doses of oral contraceptives (OCs) for preventing an unplanned pregnancy. "Although available since the 1970s, emergency...
Growing Pains
APOR to explore ethics, standardization You'd have to look far to find a faster growing professional health-care organization than the Association for Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research (APOR). Between April 1996 and April 1997, APOR just about...
Institute's Web Site Counsels R.Ph.S Who Err
Pharmacists who are having trouble dealing with a serious medication error can find a sympathetic ear and expert advice at a Web site maintained by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. Not many R.Ph.s are aware that ISMP's staff is on call to...
Latelines
DEA could remove fenfluramine restrictions Redux (dexfenfluramine HCI, Wyeth-Ayerst) and Pondimin (fenfluramine HCI, A. H. Robins) may be cut from the Controlled Substances Act. The DEA is proposing to remove fenfluramine and its isomers from Schedule...
Latest Advances Deliver a Blow to Migraine Pain
Headache may be the No. 1 excuse for avoiding many of life's inconvenient chores. But for the 23 million migraine sufferers, the pain in the brain is a "syndrome" of episodic, violent, throbbing, and unilateral headaches, accompanied by nausea, vomiting,and...
Letters
Fast food and pharmacy You should be ashamed for the article "Drive-in window can help move sales forward" (Drug Topics, Apr. 7) and its implicit endorsement of the drive-in pharmacy concept. Patient interaction with a pharmacist is a health-care transaction....
More 'Triptans' on the Way for Migraines
The "triptan" field may be getting crowded, with new candidates likely to join sumatriptan (Imitrex, Glaxo Wellcome) on the market before long. Promising results of clinical trials of three new relatives of sumatriptan-zolmitriptan (Zomig, Zenecasee...
No Go
FDA rules against generic conjugated estrogens The most prescribed Rx in the United States won't face generic competition anytime soon. After years of weighing scientific evidence, the Food & Drug Administration has decided that it still doesn't...
Pharmacists: Market Thyselves
Most of us chose pharmacy as a profession out of a desire to be of service to our fellow man. None of us chose pharmacy because we expected tremendous financial gains, but we did expect to earn a decent living. Many among us think that the days of earning...
Relief for Men
First do no harm! That's the idea behind Flomax (tamsulosin HCI), the first prostate-selective alpha^sub 1A^-adrenoreceptor antagonist recently approved for the treatment of signs and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The condition, which...
Rethinking Rx Care for Retirees
Employers should think twice about encouraging their retirees to join a health maintenance organization (HMO) that includes a capitated drug benefit as part of its marketing strategy. Sooner or later, medication costs will catch up and return to haunt...
States Revise Rules for Better Drug Therapy Management
More states are revising their practice acts and passing legislation to put the official stamp of approval on giving pharmacists a larger role in drug therapy management for better patient care. Arkansas pharmacists can now administer immunizations to...
Walgreens R.Ph.S Put Patient Care Issues on Table
Negotiating a new labor contract with Walgreens, the National Pharmacists Association has put the focus on patient care, said Margaret Cozzone, business manager of the union that represents about 750 Walgreen R.Ph.s in Chicago and northeast Indiana....
Women's Health
The controversy over douche safety was renewed last month, when members of the Food & Drug Administration's OBGYN Devices Panel and the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee met to discuss a possible association between vaginal douching and conditions...
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