Drug Topics

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Articles from Vol. 143, No. 5, March 1

Allergy Aid
New report to offer standardized information on how to identify and treat allergic conditions affecting 50 million people The first consensus set of clinical recommendations for diagnosing and treating a baker's dirty dozen of allergic disorders has...
Don't Miss This Boat
Nutraceuticals represent a powerful new professional and marketing opportunity. Are you ready for it? Americans of all ages are intent on staying fit and well, taking greater charge of their health than they did in the past. In the '80s, marketers courted...
DTC Advertising One Year Later
It has been almost a year since the government began allowing direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising of prescription drugs with both the name of the drug and its indication promoted. Now the public knows that Claritin and Zyrtec are indicated for seasonal...
Express Scripts Signs Deal to Acquire PBM from SB
The old business adage that all rumors have a grain of truth to them proved itself recently when SmithKline Beecham revealed that it would sell off Diversified Pharmaceutical Services (DPS), its pharmacy benefit management arm, to Express Scripts, another...
International HTN Guidelines Urge Lower Blood Pressure Levels
From the looks of the recently released international guidelines for the treatment of hypertension, low seems to be the way to go. The main focus of the document, which was prepared by the World Health Organization (WHO), is the management of patients...
Long-Acting Preparation Approved for Acromegaly
While Andre the Giant may have been considered the reigning predator by his opponents in the wrestling ring, he was actually a victim of the very ailment that made him the gargantuan star we all knew. In great company with a few other larger-than-life...
NABP Maps Plans to Verify Internet Pharmacy Licenses
Concerned about the growing use of the Internet by scamsters anxious to peddle medications without a prescription, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy will develop a program to verify that on-line pharmacies are properly licensed. Plans for...
New Drug Approvals of 1998 - Part 2
Twenty-nine new molecular entities, two diagnostics, and nine biologics were approved by the Food & Drug Adminis tration in 1998. Part 1 (Drug Topics, Feb. 1) reviewed 13 NMEs and one biologic; Part 2 will cover the remaining 16 NMEs and one more...
Orderly Process
Can central prescription filling help solve pharmacy's time crunch? McKesson thinks it can One of the knocks against mailorder pharmacy has been the absence of contact between the patient and the dispensing pharmacist. On the other hand, time constraints...
Pharmacists Must Reassure Patients to Avoid Y2K Hoarding
The doomsday crowd is stockpiling food, water, and guns in remote hideaways; Uncle Sam is printing up an extra $50 billion to stave off bank runs; and several states have put National Guard units on alert to quell possible rioting in the streets next...
Poison Centers Pitch Prevention, with Many Targeting Pharmacists
Poison-control centers are bouncing back from neardeath experiences in the mid'90s. Two decades of unstable funding drastically reduced the number of poison centers nationwide-from 661 in 1978 to just 74 in 1998, according to an article in Clinical Toxicology...
R.Ph.S Welcome New Formulary Disclosure Rules
At least two states, California and Texas, now require managed care organizations (MCOs) to reveal their drug formularies, along with any planned formulary changes, and other states may follow suit. In California, too, health maintenance organization...
Saving Seniors
Independents weigh plan to let pharmacies buy low-cost Rxs for Medicare patients Independent pharmacy owners are being courted over legislation designed to give senior citizens a price break on their prescriptions. So far, the National Community Pharmacists...
Taxonomy of Medication Errors Standardizes Data Collection
A taxonomy of medication errors has been issued by a council of 17 organizations whose mission is to develop a standard language so that people who track and analyze medication miscues can understand one another. Issued by the National Coordination Council...
Wellness Centers, Including Screenings, Offered to R.Ph.S
Pharmacists interested in providing patients with screening services for a variety of diseases can enlist the services of MEDICA, LLC, Gaithersburg, Md., which helps pharmacies set up community wellness centers. Along with state-of-the-art screening...
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