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Articles from Vol. 143, No. 3, February 1

Beep: Do You Read Me? It's Time to Take Your Medicine
MedPrompt Inc. is working with pharmacists to remind patients to take their medications. The Houston-based firm is forming alliances with drugstore chains to roll out its MedPrompt Medical Pager, an alphanumeric paging service that sends an electronic...
Big Doings
Walgreens shows off new leader, maps plans to sell on Web, and prepares to go international A new president, a stock split, and record sales and earnings in the first quarter were among the news reported by Walgreen Co. at its annual stockholder meeting...
Clinical Q&A: What Are the Differences among the New Fluoroquinolones?
A Since the introduction of nalidixic acid in the early 1960s, the role of the quinolones as antiinfectives has increased steadily. Early quinolones proved to be effective against susceptible gramnegative microorganisms. However, they lacked clinical...
DTC Ads Prompting Mature Consumers to Visit the Doctor
The recent spate of direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising for prescription drugs is having an impact on older consumers. According to a survey recently conducted by Age Wave IMPACT, an Emeryville, Calif.-based marketing firm specializing in reaching mature...
Enoxaparin Cleared to Treat DVT at Home, in Hospital
Patients with deep-vein thrombosis will now be able to treat themselves at home with a prescription drug. The Food & Drug Administration has cleared Lovenox (enoxaparin sodium, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer) injection for treatment of DVT both at home and...
Improving, But
Study shows PBMs are making progress, but there's a need for more customer satisfaction You're making progress-but you could still do better" might be the best way to sum up the message health maintenance organizations and large employers have sent to...
Iowa Pharmacist Finds Influenza Immunizations Rewarding
Having more than 2,000 people show up at his Medicap pharmacy for influenza immunizations last fall rewarded John Forbes with about a 60% profit margin on each $10 shot. But the biggest payoff for the pharmacist-owner was the personal professional satisfaction...
Latelines
Two Prozac patent challenges dropped Just minutes before a trial was set to open on challenges to Eli Lilly & Co.'s Prozac patent, Lilly agreed to pay Barr Laboratories, Geneva Pharmaceuticals, and Apotex $4 million to settle the lawsuit. In exchange,...
Makeover Marvels
The idea of revamping already marketed drugs into new and improved versions has taken off, with various pharmaceutical manufacturers bringing some of the most widely used products back to the drawing board. Duramed Pharmaceuticals recently obtained purchase...
NABP Objects to U.S. Health-Care Fraud Data Bank
Creation of another federal data bank to record adverse actions against health-care practitioners is being opposed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. "The regulation of licensed professionals is among the long-recognized police powers...
New Drug Approvals of 1998-Part 1
Published through an educational grant from WYETH-AYERST LABORATORIES (TM)W TRENDS IN PHARMACY AND PHARMACEUTICAL CARE In 1998, the Food & Drug Administration approved 29 new molecular entities, two diagnostics, and nine biologics (two of which are...
New Drug Checklist
DOXYCYCLINE (dox-e-SY-kleen) Treats different types of infections. Also treats periodontitis, a disease that causes red, swollen gums and destroys the bone and tissue around the teeth. Belongs to a class of drugs called tetracycline antibiotics. BRAND...
North Carolina Board Headed to Court over R.Ph. Workload Rule
Stung when a citizens' panel rejected its new regulation on pharmacists' hours and breaks, the North Carolina pharmacy board has decided to tell it to the judge. The pharmacy board voted to seek a judicial review of the state Rules Review Commission's...
Not a Small Issue
Narrow therapeutic index (NTT) drugs continue to be a hot topic in a number ot states. Legislatures in three of them-North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia-have passed some type of notification of the prescriber requirements needed before an R.Ph. could...
No Way Out
I called a pharmacist for a prescription copy and asked, "How ya doin "? "Are you lying to me?" I knew the pressure cooker he worked in. A pause. "Yes, I'm lying to you." I could hear a dark frown. "What's the truth?" I had listened to him in the past,...
Pharmacy Consultant Company Looks Forward to Second Year
Parents of one-year-olds are usually limited to bragging about the fact that their children are developing something of a vocabulary or taking their first adventuresome, and wobbly, steps. By the time of its first birthday, The Pharmacy Group LLC, brainchild...
Pharmacy First
Florida board adopts rule regulating pharmacies in the state on the basis of outcomes The Florida pharmacy board has become the first in the country to adopt an outcomes-oriented approach to regulating pharmacies. The board plans to require the creation...
Plendil or Flexeril? Avoiding Med Errors
A patient presented to a community pharmacist the original prescription illustrated in the figure below. The order entry pharmacist entered the Rx information into the computer as Plendil (felodipine, Merck), 10-mg tablets, to be taken one tablet daily....
Prospects Shine for Vitamin Category
D. P. Hamacher & Associates Inc., a Milwaukeebased management consulting company specializing in drugstore management tools, provided the material for this column. For further information, call the Hamacher firm at 1-(800) 888-0889, or email the...
Should Heart Patients Use Viagra? Guidelines Provide a Road Map
The vast majority of patients with heart disease can safely use Viagra [sildenafil, Pfizer]," declared Adolph M. Hutter, M.D., cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. His statement was meant as the bottom line message taken from the recently...
VA Facility Slashes Drug Errors Via Bar-Coding
Reduce medication administration errors to zero? That's almost what the ColmercyO'Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka, Kan., has done. Using a homegrown combination of bar-coding and wireless computer technology, the pharmacy, nursing, and information resource...
What's for Dinner?
A full plate of pharmacy legislation awaits the 106th Congress after impeachment trial ends The new Congress has a full plate of pharmacy legislation to consider, but the weight of impeachment may put it on a lowcooperation diet. "Obviously [the Senate...
Will Bergen Deal with PharMerica Benefit Pharmacies?
This merger will help lower healthcare costs in America. Sound familiar? Words to that effect have become a mantra for acquisition announcements made by drug wholesalers, retailers, and manufacturers. Bergen Brunswig president/CEO Donald Roden carried...
Will New Rebate Program Even the Playing Field?
Last summer's settlement of the class action price-fixing suit brought against a number of drug manufacturers may have begun to bear fruit for community pharmacies. Pharmacia & Upjohn is the latest company to unveil a program designed to give drugstores...
Zapping ZZZs
New nonamphetamine drug approved by the FDA for narcolepsy patients We've all endured our share of snooze attacks in a variety of appropriate settings, such as those memorable three-hour pharmacy school lectures on medicinal chemistry, or the office...
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