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Articles from Vol. 144, No. 22, November 2

Bayer Restricts Distribution of Hemophilia Therapy
Score more points for specialty pharmacies as Bayer Corp. consigns another drug to Bayer Direct, its restricted distribution program administered by Express Scripts. Sidestepping community pharmacies, Bayer has restricted distribution of its hemophilia...
Clinical Q&A: How Are Insulin Glargine and Insulin Aspart Different from the 'Older' Insulins?
Q How are insulin glargine and insulin aspart different from the 'older' insulins? A Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disorder characterized by symptomatic glucose intolerance. DM affects about 15.7 million Americans and is the seventh-leading cause...
Dry Eye Syndrome: Causes and Treatment Strategies
When patients complain that something is in their eyes or that their eyes are watering, they may be among the millions of people with dry eye syndrome. What is its cause, and what can you tell patients who seek relief? According to Deepak Gupta, O.D.,...
First Monoclonal Antibody for Asthma on Drawing Board
Drugs took center stage at Chest 2000, the annual scientific and clinical meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians. Topping the list at the San Francisco gathering: phase III trial results of the first-ever monoclonal antibody treatment for...
HCP Institute Opens School Door for DME Education
Where can durable medical equipment (DME) companies and pharmacists glean useful information about federal and state regulations and statutes and guidelines for compliant operations? Enter Health Care Providers (HCP) Institute, Amarillo, Texas, which...
Herbal Supplements for Diabetes Patients Entering Marketplace
As pharmacists promote November as National Diabetes Awareness Month, be aware of these new complementary care products designed for diabetes patients: Informulab Naturals, Omaha, is rolling out several new products, including Beta Fast GXR, an extended-release...
Hospitals-VHA and VA Alike-Launch Programs to Cut Errors
VHA Inc., a nationwide network of community-owned healthcare organizations and physicians, has launched error-reduction programs at more than 200 hospitals around the country. "Safety hasn't been a hard sell since the Institute of Medicine report came...
How to Win Collaboration and Influence Patient Care
Collaborative drug therapy management (CDTM) has come a long way, and it promises to go even further. According to Karen E. Koch, Pharm.D., clinical research coordinator for North Mississippi Health Services, Tupelo, it has made "significant legislative...
In a Break from the Past, Clinical R.Ph. Group Goes to Washington
Once a low-profile organization, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy is poised to take a more proactive and aggressive stance on behalf of its members as it prepares for its third decade of operation. ACCP officials reported their bold new plans...
Letters
More tech education needed In Viewpoint, Oct. 2, the authors share the story of a medication error involving a technician who, through a series of errors, sent the wrong strength of a drug to another pharmacy, where it was dispensed. The authors suggested...
Long-Term Care Crying for More Med-Error Reports
At an assisted-living facility, a home care agency nurse enters a room shared by two female residents. The nurse points to a patient, states her name, and asks if she's the one to receive the insulin treatment. The patient says Yes and, after her blood...
Minerals for Good Health
Minerals occur naturally in all foods and provide the source of elements necessary for the maintenance of normal body functions. Many enzymes and proteins require minerals to maintain their structure, perform their functions, and aid reactions that take...
New Guidelines Will Help You Obtain Pharmacoeconomic Data
To help pharmacists obtain the data they need from pharmaceutical companies to determine whether to add a drug to their formulary, the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy has released a new set of guidelines. Called the Format for Formulary Submissions,...
New Product Newswire
Rx NEW DRUGS A new rattlesnake antivenom is now available from Protherics PLC and Protherics Molecular Design Ltd., Macclesfield, UK. The U.S. contact phone number is (615) 963-4516. CroFab (polyvalent crotalide antivenom, ovine Fab) is indicated for...
New Research Expands Treatment Options for MS
Cautious optimism would be one way of describing the medical community's reaction to the recent developments in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). The big news is centered around the approval of the first drug for worsening forms of MS and the...
NIH R.Ph.S Warn Consumers about Safety of Herbals
Consumers aren't doing themselves any favors by not telling their doctors and pharmacists about the herbal products they use, according to two pharmacists at the National Institutes of Health. More likely, their silence will only increase the likelihood...
No 'Gone Fishing' for R.Ph.S
Bummed out! That's what I was this morning. It is a term from the late '70s that means "got the blues." I know what it feels like. I didn't want to do anything. I read the paper, grocery shopped, took out the trash, cooked a decent lunch for my wife...
Pharmacy Technician Screening Tool Available Free On-Line
Pharmacy owners who want some idea of whether a would-be technician is suited to the demands of the job can now direct candidates to a free on-line screening tool. Rxinsider. com is the pharmacy technician training and orientation Web site developed...
PPA Alert
FDA moves to remove phenylpropanolamine from all decongestants and appetite suppressants The Food & Drug Administration is taking steps to remove phenylpropanolamine (PPA) from all drug products and has requested that all drug companies discontinue...
Riding High
As the debate over a Medicare drug benefit intensifies, the role of pharmacy benefit managers is in the spotlight After years of toiling in the background, pharmacy benefit managers have been thrust into the national spotlight as politicians and bureaucrats...
Saving Skin
New topical treatments offer noninvasive options for patients with actinic keratoses Actinic keratoses-the name sounds rare and complex, yet ithe condition is so common that you've surely seen it at least once either on your patients or yourselves. It's...
Selecting the Best Nontraditional Program for You
As the director of a post-baccalaureate Pharm.D. program, I am often asked by practitioners if it is possible for pharmacists to complete such a program while continuing in their practice sites. My response is an unequivocal Yes! There are programs readily...
The Scourge of Scabies: Some Ways to Treat It
You hear a lot about lice outbreaks when school starts. Less well known are scabies attacks. Scabies is an infestation caused by Sarcoptes scabiei, a tiny mite that burrows into the skin, causing a rash and a great deal of itching. It is spread by skin-to-skin...
Wholesalers Facing Changes and Challenges
The words may have been different, but the message was essentially the same as speaker after speaker went to the podium during the National Wholesale Druggists' Association's annual meeting in Palm Desert, Calif., late last month Times are tough for...
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