Drug Topics

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Articles from Vol. 144, No. 19, October 2

Congress Weighs 11th Hour Medicare Rx Proposals
A last-ditch effort by some GOP lawmakers to get an interim, state-- based Medicare drug benefit plan for low-income seniors through Congress this year contains elements designed to attract community pharmacy support. "A state shall allocate a reasonable...
Cooling the Fire
Beyond COX-2 inhibitors, other drugs are raising the hopes of patients with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis The COX-2 inhibitors stirred up a great deal of excitement in the rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) markets when they were launched...
Dynamic Duo
Kidney Foundation urges scrupulous control of blood pressure in diabetes patients A stepped-up plan of attack has been laid out for health-care providers who treat patients with the hazardous comorbidities of diabetes mellitus (DM) and hypertension....
Independent Boasts Best Area Rx Prices
Ohliger Drug Stores are independent pharmacies in the Cleveland metro area that have the best prescription drug prices in the state's 10th Congressional District. And there's a certificate from Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D.) to prove it. When Kucinich conducted...
Independents See Profits Rise While Gross Margins Fall
Net profits on prescription drugs hit 3.5% for independent pharmacies last year, the highest in more than a decade, according to preliminary data from the 2000 NCPA-- Pharmacia Digest. In 1998, net profits before taxes were 3.1%. And for the 50th consecutive...
Independent Superstars 2000
Who are some of the stars of independent pharmacy, and how are they making a difference? Drug Topics sent questionnaires directly to wholesalers across the country, asking them to suggest independent pharmacies that are doing exceptional jobs, particularly...
Industry Faces Countdown to Standard Claims Format
There's a deadline, like Y2K, looming before pharmacies, payers, and others in health care. It's October 2002, when a new electronic pharmacy claims standard goes into effect as a result of the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA)...
Ingredient Changes Drive Cough Remedy Sales
In any 12 months, 40% of adults and 55% of children suffer chest congestion with cough. Yet today's busy consumers want products that allow them to "carry on" despite their symptoms. In selecting cough remedies, the first thing consumers do is match...
International Congress Urges World Standards for E-Pharmacy
Separating legal from illegal Internet pharmacy sites on a global basis, a goal of the Federation Internationale Pharmaceutique (FIP), headquartered in The Hague, is one step closer to reality. At a press conference at the recent FIP meeting in Vienna,...
It's the Consumer.For Those Who 'Get It'
The buzzword in Internet circles these days is consumer-centric. Simply put, that means focusing on the consumer. It was the big message at "e-Commerce for Pharmaceuticals," a conference presented in Philadelphia recently by the Barnett International...
Letters
Premiums for your sex life? Your article about Jennifer Erickson's part in a class action lawsuit (Drug Topics, Sept. 4) highlights this country's priority problems. I am disgusted that people equate non-life-threatening situations with really ill people's...
Loan the Right Medication!
A patient telephoned a community pharmacy requesting a prescription refill of 14 Persantine (dipyridamole) 50-mg tablets. A pharmacy technician took the refill request. After generating the Rx label, the tech retrieved a stock package of Persantine 50-mg...
McKesson Helps Independent Pharmacies Enter E-Commerce
About two months ago, Carrington Drug in Carrington, N.D., began offering patients a new way to refill their Rxs--by ordering them on-line. Since adding this service, the pharmacy has started to see some business come in by computer instead of on foot,...
New AHA Guidelines Urge Expanded Use of Amiodarone
New hope for patients in cardiac arrest is coming from an old drug. The Emergency Cardiovascular Committee (ECC) guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) have now included the use of Cordarone (amiodarone, Wyeth-Ayerst) in its life-- saving...
New Approaches to Treatment of GERD
Reflux of gastric contents into the esophagus is a common occurrence, with as many as 10% of adults in the United States reporting that they experience heartburn daily. Approximately 40% of the populations of the United States and Great Britain experience...
New GnRH Antagonist May Simplify Fertility Regimens
The approval of Cetrotide (cetrorelix acetate for injection, Serono), a new gonadotropin-- releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist, should help change the roundabout way that has been used to prevent premature ovulation in women undergoing controlled ovarian...
New Guidelines for Treating Lice in Time for School Year
As the new school year moves into gear, there's new information about head lice pharmacists can provide to worried parents, courtesy of a working group conference held at the Harvard School of Public Health. The group included physicians, entomologists,...
New Pneumonia Guidelines: Is Your Hospital Using Them?
New treatment guidelines for pneumonia have been issued by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. And the Health Care Financing Administration is endorsing IDSA's new recommendations. "Medicare doesn't just pay bills. We also want to make sure our...
New Product Newswire
Rx NEW DRUGS Doak Dermatologics, Fairfield, N.J., (973) 882-1505, has introduced Carmol Scalp Treatment Lotion (10% sulfacetamide sodium USP in a 10% urea base). It is indicated for treatment of seborrheic dermatitis, scaling dermatoses, and seborrhea...
Perceptions Impact Pharmacy Errors, Researcher Finds
It's not just conditions behind the counter that affect how often pharmacists make mistakes but how those conditions are perceived, according to a leading researcher. Perception, he said, is what drives human behavior. Employers need to give more consideration...
Picture This
Digital photo processing offers promise of new revenue stream for drugstores Brick-and-mortar pharmacies seeking a competitive edge in the face of Internet e-commerce competition may have to look no further than their photofinishing counter. Traditionally,...
Putting on a New E-Face
It's been three and a half years since we launched drugtopics. com-the on-line newsmagazine for pharmacists. Coming from what was then a 140-year-old publication, it was a big deal for us, and many of you have taken the time to visit us. So far, it's...
So You Think You're a Pharmacist
OK! You've got the minor details settled. The hourly wage is better than the national average. You get time and a half for over eight hours a day or 40 hours a week and an obscene amount for holidays. The bonus on performance is adequate; the profit-sharing...
States Move on Rx-Assistance Legislation
While Congress wrestled all year with a Medicare prescription drug benefit, several states established Rx-aid programs. The latest state was Washington, where in August Gov Gary Locke unveiled a deal with Merck-Medco to allow senior citizens to piggyback...
Task Force Starts Shaping Research to Cut Med Errors
The first national summit on medical errors and patient safety was held in Washington, D.C., last month. Its aim was to begin setting a coordinated research agenda to help reduce mistakes by 50% in five years. That's the goal set last year by the Institute...
Training Ground
With opening of second campus, Massachusetts pharmacy school sets lofty goal of high enrollment A crowd of several hundred was on hand last month for the official opening of the Massachuseas College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences' (MCPHS) second campus,...
Wireless Health Care
PCS Health Systems joined several technology firms and health-care organizations to launch the Mobile Healthcare Alliance. The new group will promote the use of secure mobile and wireless technology in health care and the adoption of standard practices....
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