Drug Topics

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Articles from Vol. 141, No. 16, August 18

AIDS Buyers Clubs No Threat to Pharmacies
Pharmacists can stop wondering whether they're losing business to AIDS buyers clubs. Pharmacists with large HIV-positive patient populations say it hasn't happened and probably won't. "I have not seen any kind of falloff [in business] to buyers clubs...
Asthma Management Program Links Health Professionals
The University of Pennsylvania Health Systems (UPHS) has hooked up an on-line asthma management protocol that links primary care physicians, pharmacists, and case managers to improve patient outcomes. The UPHS Asthma Management Program is designed to...
Automation Moves Mail-Service and Long-Term Care Pharmacies
When Wal-Mart Stores Inc. opened its first mail-service pharmacy in June, the Dallas-Fort Worth facility went paperless, running on software that electronically captures and tracks the thousands of prescriptions processed every day. The Wal-Mart installation...
Benzodiazepine Reborn in New Vehicle to Treat Epilepsy
First stumbled upon by clinicians in Europe, the idea of rectally administered diazepam soon found its way into U.S. clinical trials and has just been approved for marketing as Diastat (diazepam rectal gel). The benzodiazepine formulation, made by Athena...
Controlling Molestation Risk
Cases of sexual molestation may occur at all types of organizations. Highly publicized recent cases include day care centers, schools, religious institutions, and the U.S. military. Healthcare organizations-medical and dental practices, hospitals, and...
Does Pharmacy Specialization Have a Promising Future?
The need for specialized pharmacists is growing in all practice settings, thanks, in part, to the cost-conscious nature of managed care. The demand for specialized pharmacists is in stark contrast to the flight from the use of expensive medical specialists...
Dollars for Diabetes
Some groups willing to pay for management of this disease Managed care organizations are increasingly willing to pay for community-based diabetes programs. The key is pitching cost savings. "Don't assume that payers and benefit managers know the benefits...
Expert Offers Some Options for Handling SSRI Failure
What do you do when an SSRI antidepressant fails? The question is enough to trigger the blues in prescribers, formulary guardians, and managed care moguls because a failure of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor can necessitate the use of multiple...
Finding Other Ways
Early indications were that the Teamsters union strike against United Parcel Service was causing few bumps in the road for most pharmaceutical shipments. The impact of a prolonged shutdown of the nation's No. 1 package company, however, was impossible...
Hormonal Differences Can Affect How Drugs Are Used
Conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and depression affect men and women differently. Now evidence is accumulating to show that premenopausal and postmenopausal women process drugs in subtly dissimilar ways, according to two researchers, Leslie...
How about an Herb?
Self-treatment for depression gained major prominence in late June after a television program, ABC-TV's "20-20," focused on St. John's wort and motivated consumers to deplete some stores' supplies of the herb and elevate it to fad remedy of the moment....
IMS Medacom's Deal with PCS
IMS Medacom Networks has acquired the Rx Authorization electronic prescribing product from a sister company, PCS Health Systems. In the deal, IMS Medacom also inherited contracts with 27 pharmacy chains already hooked into Rx Authorization, which supports...
Independents, Small Chains Find Silent Compliance Partner
Pharmacists busy keeping up with the prescription flow can still address patient compliance through a refill-reminder program that silently runs in the background on their computers. And best of all, someone else will pay for it. Independent pharmacies...
It's Nice to Be Recognized
Few of us prefer to toil in obscurity. Some recognition lends value or worth to what we humans do, and it makes us feel good. Whatever form it takes-praise, a medal, a smile, money, a lunch-recognition gives us incentive to go back and do it again, maybe...
Latelines
Management shake-up at Rx franchise At press time, Drug Topics learned that there has been a management shake-up at the American Family Pharmacy franchise. The reasons? Fewer than 100 pharmacies have signed up for the program, though its goal was to...
Letters
Conscience vs. patient rights Regarding your article "Conscience vs. patient rights: R.Ph.'s refusal to dispense stirs up controversy" (Drug TopTcs, May 19). This is truly a substantive issue. It needs to be openly addressed (soon) by the profession-not...
No Pain, No Loss
Hey, do you have the herbal fenphen?" said a voice from across the prescription counter. I looked up to find an attractive middie-aged woman staring at me. "My doctor gave me prescriptions for the synthetic stuff, but I want to take only natural products."...
Outstanding Chain Pharmacists of 1997
Last year, for the first time, Drug Topics decided to shine the spotlight on chain pharmacists who are making a difference for their patients, their communities, and their employers. Because our first salute to outstanding chain pharmacists validated...
Parent Trap
Proper dosage and administration of nonprescription drugs are especially important when the smallest patients are involved. And a recent study suggests that parents need to know more about the OTCs they give to their children. While 88% of the adults...
Pay Dirt
Hospitals borrow private-sector incentives to motivate staff Annual raises for hospital pharmacists may be disappearing as quickly as unrestricted drug formularies. Following the lead set by private industry, some hospitals are beginning to link pay...
Pharmacists' Role in Osteoarthritis
"... fill all thy bones with aches" -William Shakespeare, The Tempest Introduction Arthritis is indeed a cause for the aches in all the bones that Shakespeare alluded to centuries ago. The three most prevalent forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA),...
Report Finds Newborns Being Inadequately Treated for Pain
Imagine feeling the excruciating pain of a piercing scalpel slicing through your skin-and not having the ability to yell ouch to the doctor holding the painkillers. It's hard to believe, but the neonatal population was once thought to be unable to perceive...
Separate Directions
Two analgesic products head north and south A while back, Marvin Davis, B.S. Pharm., M.S., Ph.D., recalled, one of his colleagues had noticed empty parenteral solution bottles of diphenhydramine and Stadol (butorphanol, Bristol-Myers Squibb, U.S. Pharmaceuticals)...
Slipping Soaps into Bath Care
D. P. Hamacher & Associates Inc., a Mi/waukee-based management consulting company specializing in drugstore management tools, provided the material for this column. For further information, call the Hamacher firm at 1-(800) 888-0889, or e-mail it...
Stop the Clock
More appeals delay start of Rx pricing settlement It's so dad-gummed confusing." In his west Texas twang, that's how Pharmacy Freedom Fund founder Bob Gude summed up the current state of the class action lawsuit community pharmacies thought they settled...
Taxonomy, Anyone?
Classifying the various components of pharmaceutical care so that everyone is reading from the same Daze is the goal of a collaboration among 10 national pharmacy organizations. As pharmacy moves away from more traditional roles and into drug therapy...
That Does Not Compute
Low-tech lands Eckerd before pharmacy board in Virginia Anyone who is waxing nostalgic about the good old days before pharmacies became technologically correct should consider the troubles that have befallen the Eckerd Corp. The chain bought a slew of...
WHO to Look at Internet Prescription Commerce
Alarmed by European complaints of prescription drug sales over the Internet, the World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to tackle the issue. Meeting at the World Health Assembly in January, WHO's executive committee laid the groundwork for an international...
Wiles of a Pheromone
Already incorporated into the fragrance industry's version of "Love Potion No. 9," pheromones, claimed to enhance sexual attraction, have begun to seduce the pharmaceutical industry. Some researchers who believe the odorless ectohormones affect functions...
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