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Articles from Vol. 151, No. 13, July 9

Can ASHP's 2015 Goals Be Achieved?
Will hospital pharmacists be able to advance patient care and pharmacy practice to a level envisioned by ASHP's 2015 Initiative? It's a daunting task, but we think it can be done if we lay the groundwork for it now.What is ASHP's landmark 2015 Initiative?...
Community Pharmacies Suffer Reversals in 2006
By most accounts, 2006 was not a good year for community pharmacies. According to the National Community Pharmacists Association, the number of community pharmacies shrank last year, reversing a five-year growth trend for the industry. Falling profits...
Community Pharmacists Gain Small MTM Foothold
As the Medicare Part D program reaches the halfway point of its second year, only a ifraction of the prescription drug plans are offering medication therapy management programs that are open to community pharmacists. As the new Drug Topics Community...
Drug-Resistant TB: Should Americans Be Worried?
Most Americans probably never gave tuberculosis (TB) a passing thought until a case of extensively drugresistant TB (XDR-TB) recently made national headlines. An American with XDR-TB traveled from the United States to Europe and back in May, potentially...
FDA Hears of Problems with Med Guides
The Food & Drug Administration's Medication Guide program, set up nine years ago as a way to inform patients about the risks or special issues with certain drugs, has a host of problems, according to pharmacists and other witnesses at a recent hearing....
Letters
Don't mandate residency programShould pharmacists be required to take a residency program by the year 2020 before they can provide direct patient care? I think that should be left up to the pharmacist, depending on what kind of job he is seeking or eventually...
Make No Mistake about It
Chain pharmacies are finding innovative ways to combat medication errorsThese are undoubtedly nerve-racking times for pharmacy chain executives-what with the recent "20/20" report and numerous stories in the lay press about patients suing pharmacy chains...
New Antihistamine Gets FDA Green Light
NEW DRUGAdults and children six years of age and older who suffer with seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis will now have another option for relief of their symptoms. Levocetirizine (Xyzal), from UCB Inc. and SanofiAventis, has received regulatory...
New Product Newswire
RxNEW DRUGSUpsher-Smith Laboratories, Maple Grove, Minn., (800) 654-2299, is marketing Divigel (estradiol gel) 0.1% for the treatment of moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause. Divigel is a quickdrying gel, odorless when dry,...
Past Visions of the Future of Pharmacy
150 Years of American PharmacyEditor's note: Throughout 2007, this column, which takes a look at some of the most important moments in the history of pharmacy, will appear in each issue as part of our sesquicentennial celebration. Tied with this column...
Stop Losing Sleep over Insomnia
Insomnia is one of the most commonly reported medical and psychiatric conditions in the United States. For practitioners capable of dozing off during the constant advertising campaigns of agents for insomnia, several factors should serve as a wake-up...
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