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Articles from Vol. 139, No. 23, December 11

A Bushel of Memories
This was going to be an editorial about what pharmacy needs to do, as 1995 winds down, in order to enjoy a happier new year. The plan was to shine the spotlight on some of the findings of our annual Busi- ness Outlook survey (page 86).I intended to point...
Briefly
BuyoutPharmacy Provider Services Corp., a pharmacy network and buying group, is buying itself from the Florida Pharmacy Association. PPSC's ownership will be turned over to its participating community pharmacies. PPSC, which has been in operation for...
Calif. Pharm.D.S Join M.D.S in Stubbing out Tobacco
The California Pharmacists Association has joined an antitobacco project launched by the California Medical Association. Using funds from a state antismoking tax on cigarettes, the Health Partnership Project (HPP) is promoting tobacco-free pharmacies...
Capital Capsules
NACDS and NARD say BCBS plan forces retirees to use mail orderNACDS and NARD are stepping up their protests against a plan that they say will coerce 900,000 federal retirees covered by Blue Cross/Blue Shield to use mail-order pharmacies. Both community...
CDC Recommends Aggressive Treatment for Chlamydia
Chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease (STD) sometimes referred to as "the silent epidemic," is now easier to diagnose and treat, according to officials at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).Chlamydia trachomatis, a bacterial...
Chain-Independent Forcasts Were Close to Mark for '95
The generally upbeat economic forecasts chain and independent pharmacists made last year about their business prospects for 1995 turned out to be pretty much on the money.Independents gainWith the late, unlamented recession behind them, although they...
Chasing Rxs
Bergen Brunswigexpandingcustomer baseand programsBergen Brunswig Corp. likes to say that it's the largest supplier of pharmaceuticals to the managed care market, and it doesn't mind telling anyone that it's the second-largest drug wholesaler serving...
Commission Sees R.Ph. Surplus, Closing Schools
Next year, four new schools of pharmacy will open their doors, bringing the total to 79. In less than a decade, 20 of them should close because of an expected surplus of 40,000 pharmacists by 2005, according to the projections of the Pew Health Professions...
Discrimination Lawsuits over Sabbath Rising
Companies that ignore employees' requests to not work on their Sabbath are courting legal trouble, as claims seeking federally mandated accommodation of religious beliefs are on the rise.Employees, especially Christian fundamentalists in the Midwest...
End Caps
Orudis KT goes to marketFollowing its Oct. 6 OTC approval, Orudis KT has quickly made it to the shelves. Whitehall-Robins Healthcare announced the introduction of the pain reliever in mid-November. Orudis KT is now available over the counter in bottles...
Fast Entrance: New AIDS Drug from Glaxo Moving into Pharmacies
Epivir (lamivudine), the latest addition to the AIDS armamentarium, is now available in pharmacies. The nucleoside analog, which is also known as 3TC, was approved by the Food & Drug Administration last month for use in combination with Glaxo's...
'Fight for Your Share'
Consultant R.Phsshould preparefor Medicaidshift to statesAt press time, it appeared that federal nursing home regulations would survive the proposed Medicaid reform bill working its way through Capitol Hill. It also appeared that responsibility for enforcing...
Fluoroquinolone-Resistant Gonorrhea Emerging in U.S
The fight against sexually transmitted diseases took a giant step backwards in 1995. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), gonorrhea resistant to fluoroquinolone antibiotics has spread to the United States. Although resistant...
Getting Tough
State pharmacyboards hand outmore disciplineState pharmacy boards are apparently getting tougher when it comes to disciplining wayward pharmacists, according to the latest census data from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.More license suspensions...
HMO Association Executive Named to Lead AMCP
Ending a six-month search, the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy has tapped a nonnpharmacist veteran of the trade association representing health maintenance organizations as its new executive director.Judith A. Cahill, former senior v.p. of the Group...
Hope and Pray for the Best
Increasing pressures to keep costs down, yet still turn a profit, continue to take their toll on pharmacists. While many R.Ph.s polled in our Drug Topics' Business Outlook survey have an optimistic outlook and plan to take proactive measures to improve...
Internal Analgesics: Does Change Mean Growth?
Aleve--with a market share of approximately 6%--is the No. 3 brand in the huge internal analgesics market after only 18 months on the shelf. Although it has profoundly changed the category, the debut of the Procter & Gamble product didn't usher in...
Keep Looking
GAO reportsFTC oversightof Rx-PBMsjustifiedIn January 1993, Medco Containment Services Inc. listed on its formulary only one major drug by the leader in U.S. pharmaceutical sales, Merck & Co. Then, in May of that year, Medco agreed to add seven more...
Latelines
Gans says No to ASHP opportunityJohn Gans, executive v.p. and CEO of APhA, declined a potential opportunity to become executive v.p. of ASHP, replacing retiring Joseph Oddis. Gans said he was contacted by a search firm screening candidates for the position....
Network Notes
New PCS linksPharmacy benefit manager PCS Health Systems has entered agreements with Systems Plus, Mountain View, Calif., and Personalized Programming, Alachua, Fla., to market PCS' physician communications software, PCS Link. The software gives physicians...
New Acne Product to Be Sold Exclusively Via Drugstores
A board-certified plastic surgeon from Springdale, Ariz., is offering acne sufferers an alternative. James S. Beckman Jr., M.D., creator of the Reversion Acne Control System, claims that at his system is the "first new concept in acne control in 30...
New Beta-Blocker Shown to Cut Mortality Rate
Results of multicenter clinical trials of carvedilol (Coreg, SmithKline Beecham), a vasodilating betablocker with antioxidant effects, show benefits in congestive heart failure (CHF) patients that some experts are terming "remarkable." Added to conventional...
New CMNs Offer Challenges to Medicaid Reimbursement
In April of next year, providers of home care equipment and services ill have to submit revised Certificates of Medical Necessity (CMNs) to the Durable Medical Equipment Regional Carriers DMERCs). A Social Security technical amendment expands the original...
New Horizons
There's no placelike homehelth-careexhibition If you were among those who attended this year's Medtrade/ NHHCE (New Horizons in Healthcare) show in Atlanta, your feet are probably still sore! But that should have been expected, with the show spanning...
New Project Takes Visitors Inside, Way Inside, Medicines
A multimedia excursion deep into the human body is one part of a national educational campaign to spread the good word about medicines and how they work.The four-part project, Medicines:The Inside Story, explores the past, present, and future of medicines....
Pay Dirt!
Washingtonassesses firstresults ofreimbursementproject The first results are in from Washington State's Cognitive Activity & Reimbursement Effectiveness (C.A.R.E.) project--and they look good for pharmacy. The project was undertaken to study the...
Pharmacists Enlist Midlevel Practitioners in Clinic
Figuring that if you can't beat 'em you might as well join 'em, two Texas pharmacists have set up a primary care clinic staffed by midlevel health-care practitioners with prescriptive authority.Amarillo is home base for Osage Medical Center, a new clinic...
Retail Pharmacy Predicts New Year Will Ring in Lower Profits
If business prospects for 1996 were compared to buying a new car, the majority of independent pharmacy owners and chain drugstore executives would have to settle for a sensible sedan, not a sleek sports car.As the decade slides toward a new century,...
Rx Turn-On
And here theycome again: The pipelinekeeps flowing The new drug approvals keep coming. Already, 19 new molecular entities have been approved by the Food & Drug Administration this year, and at least as many have been either recommended for approval...
Software Puts Major Medical Claims On-Line
A software package about to hit the market will make it easier for independent pharmacies to bolster the bottom line by going on-line with major medical insurance reimbursement claims.By going on-line, the software will make it faster and easier to...
SSRIs Found to Drive Sexual Side Effects
Are your Prozac patients having sex problems? According to sex therapy experts, small doses of dextroamhetamine or of methylphenidate (Ritalin, Ciba-Geigy) have been nearly 100% effective in alleviating the widespread sexual side effects of Prozac (fluoxetine,...
Treatment of Postmyocardial Infarction
An ongoing CE program of The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and DRUG TOPICS MagazineThe University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical...
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