Drug Topics

Monthly news magazine reports on all phases of pharmacy for community and health-system pharmacists. Concise, easy-to-read news reports cover managed care trends, professional issues, national and state governmental activities, new prescription drugs, OTCs, and new merchandising and marketing techniques.

Articles from Vol. 155, No. 5, May

CMS Eases Short-Cycle Fill Rules for LTC, Consultant Pharmacists
Pharmacists complained and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services listened. The agency has eased rules on short-cycle dispensing of Part D medications in long-termcare (LTC) facilities that had raised objections from consultant pharmacists, community...
Creating an Informational Home Pharmacy
AN ONGOING CE PROGRAM OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND DRUG TOPICSCommunity pharmadsts see patients more often than do most other healthcare practitioners. Pharmacists recommend over-the-counter (OTC) and herbal products, are knowledgeable...
Cultural Competency Training for Pharmacists Promoted in Ohio Bill
Up frontIn DepthAbili recently proposed by an Ohio state senator has rekindled debate on how healthcare professionals, including pharmacists, should receive training in cultural competency.Under Senate Bill 60, the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy would...
Depression Screening: A Natural Role for Pharmacists
DISPENSED AS WRITTENMajor depressive disorder (MDD) is a growing problem in this country. It has cost insurance companies, businesses, and the healthcare delivery system in general a lot of money. It is one of the major reasons for decreased productivity...
Evolving Pharm Tech Roles Call for Expanded Training, Certification
LEGAL COMPLIANCEIn 1966, one of pharmacy's great leaders. Professor Iiuwood Tice, then Dean of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, stated: "[T] he counting and pouring often alleged to be the pharmacist's chief occupation will in time be done by technicians...
FDA Holds Corporate Execs Responsible for Pharma Abuses
Up frontIn DepthForty-year-old rats are rampaging through the pharmaceutical industry. Frustrated by its lack of success at reining in drug-company abuses, FDA is bringing back a legal doctrine spawned by long- dead rodents to bring criminal charges...
It's Always Been about the Staffing
VIEWPOINTI've been hearing it at pharmacy meetings and reading about it in pharmacy journals over and over for the last 35 years. Originally, it was called clinical pharmacy, then pharmaceutical care, pharmacist's care, patient care, and now MTM (medication...
Letters
POWER vs. stamina"I just finished reading David Stanley's April Viewpoint article ["The 4-second Rx review: Who benefits?"]. It almost made me cry because it is so true.I had never heard of Walgreens' POWER Program, but I can see Walmart (my employer)...
Medication Adherence to Be Focus of PQA/URAC Summit
Reimbursement and medication adherence issues will be front and center at the PQAAJRAC Medication Adherence Summit in Washington, D.C., June 2 and 3. The Pharmacy Quality Alliance and URAC are sponsoring the summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in conjunction...
NACDS Supports Florida Hospital in Case against Department of Labor
Are pharmacies that fill prescriptions for TRICARE, the federal health program for military personnel, subcontractors? Not according to the National Association of Chain Drugs Stores (NACDS), which filed an amicus curiae brief earlier this year to support...
NCPA to Be "Loud Voice for Community Pharmacy" at State and Federal Levels
UpfrontIn DepthSoon after taking the reins at the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA, spoke with Drug Topics' Contributing Editor Christine Blank about his short-term and long-term objectives for NCPA, Hoey was...
New Products
RX & OTCRX CARENew drugsFDA has approved Benlysta (belimumab for injection) from Human Genome Sciences and Glaxo SmithKline for treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus in patients receiving standard therapy, including corticosteroids, antimalarials,...
Pharmacists' Rights Get Boost from UPS Labor Decision
A recent state appellate court decision in California could help pharmacists claim meal and rest breaks they are due under state labor law. The case, which involved United Parcel Service workers, affirmed workers' right to up to 2 hours of extra pay...
Pharmacy School Loan Forgiveness: Healthcare Reform Offers Students New Hope
Up frontIn DepthWilliam Lang is persistent. One of his first priorities after joining the American Assodation of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) in 2000 was to see pharmadsts added to the list of healthcare providers as defined by the Department of Health...
Prescriber Training on Safe Use of Long-Acting Opioids Required with New REMS
COUNTERING RX ABUSEAs part of an overall federal strategy on the prescription drug epidemic, FDA announced in late April that it will require a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for all long-acting and extended-release opioids.The REMS,...
Quantum Leap
JP AT LARGE"Man, you are not having a good day," I said. "You don't have to take it out on me. I'm just doing my job and you act like I'm a crook robbing you in the parking lot." I was on the phone with a pharmacist in Pennsylvania who was being surly...
REMS Update
Solutions for REMS implementation in hospital and retail settingsThe safe use of medications is a significant consideration for both healthcare providers and FDA, Evidence of a recent increase in the emphasis on drug safety indudes the addition of new...
Risk of VTE Recurrence Higher for Patients with Nonsurgical Risk Factors
ANTICOAGULATION THERAPIESA patient with a first episode of symptomatic venous thromboembolism (VTE) provoked by a transient risk factor (TRF) usually receives anticoagulation for 3 months. Recurrence risk after end of anticoagulation is low but poorly...
Rite Aid Offers 15-Minute Rx Guarantee
CHAIN REACTIONRite Aid is promising to fill prescriptions in 15 minutes or less. If a fill takes more than 15 minutes, the patient gets a $5 gift card. Company spokeswoman Ashley Flower said the offer is attracting solid consumer reaction. Professional...
Seasonal Allergy Symptoms Are Nothing to Sneeze At
OTCThe merry month of May is not so festive for the 18,2 million Americans who suffer from allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever.With the start of yet another allergy season, when pollen appears to permeate the cosmos, these folks endure a host...
Study Shows Benefit of Pharmacy-Run Anticoagulation Service
Pharmacists pushing for greater involvement in patient care have new support from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. A 2-year study found that a pharmacy-directed anticoagulation service boosted the quality and efficiency of care for heparin-induced thrombocytopenia...
The Case for Call Centers
The pharmacist's job has always been a busy one, perhaps never more so than today. In the current practice environment with its strong clinical focus, pharmacists must fill prescriptions, counsel patients, serve as a resource to physicians' offices,...
The Perils of Pill-Splitting
IN MY VIEWIn 1999, I began working full-time in the Kaiser HMO in Fresno, California, as an ER physician in the physician pool. It was my habit to open the brown-paper bags containing patients' medications and (almost universally) their pill-splitters....
UCSF Launches Automated Pharmacy
Pharmacists at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) are in the process of bringing one of the world's largest and most advanced robotic pharmacies online. An automated picking system opened in October 2010, and a sterile preparation and...
VA Study Leads to Call for More Rigorous Antibiotic Stewardship
Antibiotic use is rising at Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities across the country, according to study findings released recently during an oral presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) in Dallas....
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