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Articles from Vol. 146, No. 11, June 3

Angiotensin II Inhibition: Expanding the Roles of ACE Inhibitors and ARBs
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of death in the United States. Hypertension is a primary risk factor for CVD. Cardiovascular risk is further increased when target organ damage is present. Nephropathy and heart failure represent...
A Winning Hand?
Pharmacists are facing a myriad of prescription discount cards in a high-stakes game Pharmacists didn't like discount prescription drug cards when they sprang up about 10 years ago. And they like them even less now that politicians, drug companies, and...
Brushing Up on New Breath-Freshening Toothpastes
Consumers baffled by the ever-increasing array of toothpastes on pharmacy shelves now have a new choice to contend with-toothpastes that contain mouthwash. Here's a sampling of new products that claim to fight bad breath: *Tampa, Fla.-based Diamond Products...
CDC, CMS Joining Forces to Prevent Surgical Infection
HOSPITAL PRACTICE The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention is collaborating with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop a healthcare quality improvement project to prevent postsurgical infection. In August 2002, CDC...
CDC Issues Warning on Quinolones for STDs
Fluoroquinolones should not be prescribed for patients in California who have gonorrhea. That's one of the major recommendations from "The 2002 Guidelines for the Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases," just issued by the Centers for Disease Control...
Do You Need a 'Tail' Policy?
Rx Legal Q & A If you have a practice-related legal question, please e-mail it to drug.topics@medec.com. We will get you a response from Ken Baker, R.Ph., J.D., vp. and general counsel at Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Co. The following is his response...
Fla. Lawmakers to Push Again for Drug Bill
Despite a last-minute failure of the Florida State Legislature to approve a bill that would provide closer monitoring of Rx drug dispensing for oxycodone, codeine, morphine, and other painkillers, the legislation will be brought up again in the next...
Focus of Medicare Legislation Shifts to Oral Cancer Drug Coverage
GOVERNMENT and LAW With prospects for a full Medicare prescription benefit sinking, some national patient groups are pinning their hopes on legislation that would expand the coverage offered by the federal health insurance program to oral cancer medications....
Infamous K.C. Pharmacy Reopens with New Owner and Makeover
The remodeling crew ripping out partitions and painting dingy walls wasn't just sprucing up a pharmacy. It was erasing the stain left by the former owner, a Kansas City pharmacist who admitted diluting drugs for profit. Robert Courtney was arrested last...
NACDS Launches Campaign to Promote Medication Safety
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is launching a campaign to help consumers learn how to take their medications safely and effectively and use their pharmacists as a valuable resource to achieve the best outcome from their drug therapy. With...
NACDS Offers Mini-Internship for High School Students
CHAINS and BUSINESS The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has established a mini-internship program for high school students in an effort to lure them to a career in pharmacy. The six-week mentoring program is slated to begin in the fall. The...
New Initiative Aims to Increase Awareness of COPD
A group of distinguished scientists and health professionals recently concluded that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the fourth-leading cause of chronic morbidity and mortality in the United States, has failed to receive the attention it...
New Injection Approved to Treat Infertility
Rx CARE The Food & Drug Administration recently approved urofollitropin for infection, purified (Bravelle; Ferring Pharmaceuticals) for the treatment of infertility. Urofollitropin is a highly purified folliclestimulating hormone derived from the...
New PBM Program Focuses on High-Risk Patients
MANAGED CARE Pharmacy benefit manager Prescription Solutions has launched its first pharmacy-based program to focus on high-risk patients. The Pharmacy Care Management Program (PCMP) pilot combines medical and pharmacy claims data to identify patients...
New Product Newswire
Rx NEW INDICATIONS Protonix (pantoprazole sodium) delayed-release have been cleared by the FDA for the longterm treatment of pathological hypersecretory conditions, including Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. According to the manufacturer, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals,...
Pharmacist Shortage Boosts Telepharmacy
TECHNOLOGY A few years ago, health systems shied away from telepharmacy because their pharmacists were too busy to take on more work. Now, as the manpower shortage drags on, many of them are rethinking remote dispensing as a way to have one pharmacist...
Pharmacy Freedom Fund Targets PBMs
After taking on the powerhouse pharmaceutical industry in antitrust litigation a decade ago, the Pharmacy Freedom Fund is building a new war chest for a massive federal class action lawsuit against pharmacy benefit managers. Letters have been sent to...
X12 Gets Pharmacy Support
TECHNOLOGY UPDATE HDMA Healthcare Distribution Management Association Products, Services and Information for Your Health The X12 electronic billing standard for pharmacist professional services won the support of the American Pharmaceutical Association,...
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