Drug Topics

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Articles from Vol. 155, No. 2, February

Anticoagulation Update
ANTICOAGULATION THERAPIESRisk factors for VTE in HIVThe frequency of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with HIV ranges from 0,19% to 7,63% per year. This frequency correlates to an approximate 10-fold increase in risk over that of the general...
A Short Primer on First Nation Healthcare
The lands, education, health, and lives of the federally recognized people of the First Nation - their preferred nomenclature - are directly affected by the federal government "me distinction between federally recognized and state-recognized American...
Flu Vaccine Patch to Get 5-Year Test; Beats Traditional Injection for Effectiveness in Animals
BIOTECHNOLOGYA revolutionary flu vaccine patch is likely to be developed in the course of an upcoming 5 -year clinical trial.The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded $10 million to the Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University,...
Is It Working? Monthly Rx Safety Audits
RISK MANAGEMENT AND CQIA few years ago I was asked to participate in what was at that time a unique study to determine the effect on medication errors if telepharmacy were introduced in the state of North Dakota. The project was conducted in cooperation...
Let's Eliminate Meth Labs, Not Find More of Them
DISPENSED AS WRITTENI write this in response to the recent Drug Topics editorial titled "E -tracking is the right prescription for U, S, meth problems" [January 2011], The notion that an e-tracking system is a better solution for our nation's meth-lab...
Letters
Making the callRe: "Single, poor, and desperate" [JP at Large, January 2011]:I remember when I worked retail and folks would come in to fill prescriptions for their sick children. IVe seen the looks on their faces when they found out how much their prescriptions...
Medicare Part D Audits Is Your Pharmacy Prepared?
With the opening of the 112th Congress, there is considerable uncertainty on how healthcare reform will progress. However, there is one thing of which you can be certain: With Medicare Part D plan sponsors under scrutiny from the Centers for Medicare...
Medication Errors: Causes, Prevention, Liability, and the Apology
AN ONGOING CE PROGRAM OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND DRUG TOPICSMedication errors are a serious problem for pharmacists and society. Pharmacists fill the vast majority of I prescriptions or drug orders correctly, but even in the...
New Pharmacy School Offers Unique 3-Calendar-Year PharmD Program
HANDS-ON LEARNINGThis fall, Saint Joseph College School of Pharmacy will open the doors of its new 3 5, 000- square-foot facility in the heart of downtown Hartford, Conn,, to its first class of students. With an expected enrollment of 68, the new school...
New Products
RX & OTCRX CARENew drugsAvailable from Meridian Medical: Alsuma (6 mg/0,5 mL sumatriptan) 2-pack singledose prefilled auto-injector for acute treatment of migraine and cluster headaches. (www.alsuma.com / 877-770-8796)Novartis has announced FDA approval...
New Report Advocates Replacing Medicaid FFS with Managed Pharmacy Benefit
Anew report urges states to replace Medicaid fee-for-service pharmacy programs with the kind of managed drug benefits used in Medicare Part D plans, Medicaid managed care organizations, and some commercial health plans.Why drop FFS? Optimal pharmacy...
Partnership Improves Prescription Delivery to American Indians
Imagine a government health program that serves millions earning the highest excellence rating awarded by J.D, Power and Associates, Has it happened?Indeed it has. The 5 -star-rated mailorder pharmacy program of the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)...
Pharmacy Moments Remembered
JP AT LARGESnapshot. I was walking out front when I saw a young man in his mid-teens staring at the label of an OTC pain medicine. He was very well dressed His shoes were well made, probably by hand, probably in Italy."Alfonso/' I said, "You're back."...
Proposed Part D Rules for Short-Cycle Dispensing Roil LTC
Proposed rules designed to cut waste in Medicare Part D could create problems for long-termcare (LTC) pharmacy. LTC fadlities and pharmades that serve them will have to adjust their care and business models for short-cyde dispensing. Most ITC facilities...
Something Afoot
OTCFrom arthritis to blisters to ingrown toenails, hurting feet present a huge public health concern, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), which states that 43.1 million U, S, residents suffer from foot problems - 1 in every...
Technicians Key to Telepharmacy Success in North Dakota
Pharmacy technicians have emerged as key players in the growth of telepharmacy in both inpatient and outpatient settings. That's the view from North Dakota, which relies heavily on telepharmacy to bring pharmacy services to communities and hospitals...
Telepharmacy Opportunities: New Horizons in Patient Care
LEGAL COMPLIANCETechnology is providing ever-greater convenience in the pharmacy marketplace, so it should come as no surprise that one of the next new frontiers available to pharmacists, in their expansion of patient care, will be telepharmacy. Technology...
Through the Eyes of a Student: Pharmacy Practice in Istanbul, Turkey
IN MY VIEWThis summer I observed pharmacy practice as few in the United States have seen it. I was entering my third year of professional study and interested in a practice experience abroad. In this country while avenues of practice keep expanding,...
Walgreens Brings Fresh Produce to "Food Deserts"
HEALTHY OPTIONSIn addition to its role as a pharmacy provider, Walgreens seems to be mofhing into a supermarket in some U.S. cities.In 10 of its Chicago-area stores, Walgreens is piloting a program to provide healthy food options such as fresh fruits...
When Efficiency Is All That Matters
VIEWPOINTWhen I was in college, I used to think "efficiency" was an unequivocal good, I was attracted by the chain drugstore model because I bought into the concept that chains are efficient. Even though I am often critical of chains today I admit that...
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