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Articles from Vol. 156, No. 9, September

2012 Independent Innovators
Successful pharmacies aren't ashamed to steal - and shareSuccessful pharmacists steal. They don't steal product, customers, or even employees. The most successful pharmacists steal ideas, play with them, and come up with new solutions to local challenges....
All Wet: A Pharmacy Parable
VIEW FROM THE ZOOMore likely than not, you have never heard of the country of Tuvalu, but there have been times when I've wondered whether the citizens of that Pacific Island nation shouldn't be made honorary retail pharmacists.Tuvalu, you see, is a...
DEA Settles $50 Million Penalty with LTC Pharmacy Provider
Controlled substances allegedly dispensed improperly to long-term-care facilitiesThe United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently reached a settlement with Omnicare Inc., a long-term-care (LTC) pharmacy provider, in which the organization paid...
Diabetes Mellitus: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, Screening, and Risk Factors
AbstractDiabetes is one of the most common medical conditions worldwide and exerts a tremendous impact on both the healthcare system and the individual patient. Uncontrolled hyperglycemia can result in both short-term and long-term complications that...
Early Antiretroviral Therapy for HIV Advised in New Guidelines
Antiretroviral therapy (ART) should be offered to all patients as soon as possible, regardless of CD4 cell count, because earlier ART may lead to improved outcomes, according to new recommendations presented during AIDS 2012, the 19th International AIDS...
Late at Night and over the Line
What now? It was 10:45 p.m. The temperature was still stifling hot. The golden streetlights haloed through the thick fog that covered Seawall Boulevard. Red and white lights spun inside my car. The road surface was shiny wet. I was parked on the far...
Letters
RNs have more than RPhs?"Re: "Stand up and make yourself heard" [View from the Zoo, July 2012]:How ironic that [when it comes to fighting for their rights] nurse practitioners have more backbone that pharmacists. How many other professions would tolerate...
Mandatory Mail Order Can Hinder Medication Adherence
Mandatory maikxcler programs are hampering medication adherence, said a pharmacy educator during a recent roundtable on medication adherence.Marie Smith, PharmD, the Henry A. Filmer professor of community pharmacy practice and assistant dean for practice...
Maximizing REMS Potential
Standardization, streamlined processes, and technology - all three are fundamental strategies for eliminating many of the complexities that plague the healthcare industry today The Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) program is one FDA initiative...
MTM Opens Door to Direct Patient Care
With the move toward coordinated care systems, a "brave new future" will be shifting pharmacists' roles from dispensing to direct clinical practice, says Terry Mclnnis, MD, MPH, co-leader of the Medication Management Taskforce for the Patient-Centered...
New Products
RX & OTCRXCARENew drugsFDA has approved Vivus Inc.'s new weight loss drug Qsymia for adults who are obese or overweight and have at least one weight-related condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol. The drug combines two...
New Treatments for Obesity and OAB
NEW DRUG REVIEWLorcaserin(BeMq, Arena Pharmaceuticals GmbH)More than one-third of adult Americans are obese. Obesity increases patients' risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer, and costs the healthcare system about...
Outpatient Pharmacy Industry Increases Scope of Care to Meet Patients' Needs
RETAIL CLINIC TRENDSHealthcare delivery in the United States has evolved as more patients visit their neighborhood retail clinics for acute and preventive care.In a recent Health Affairs report published online (http:// omtent.heaUhaffairs.org/content/earfy/20l2/08/l4/hlthaff2011.1128....
PBMs and What They're Doing to Our Healthcare: Time to Shed Some Light
Just like derivatives prior to the meltdown of the banking industry in 2008, the transactions conducted by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) in filling your prescription today are convoluted and mysterious - yet they're wreaking havoc on our everyday...
Pharmacists: Who Owns Your Soul?
You haul 16 tons and what do you get/ Another day older and deeper in debt/ St Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go/ I owe my soul to the company store.This is the chorus to "Sixteen Tons," a song popular in the '40s and '50s that described the...
Pharmacy Certification to Expand
The world of pharmacy certification is getting more crowded. The first and best known certifying body, the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS; www.bpsweb.org/), was launched by the American Pharmacists Association www.pharmaast.com/), then the American...
Prescription Drug Pilfering in the Home Prevented by Two New Products
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTIONDespite growing consumer education by pharmacists and government officials, children and teenagers are increasingly abusing prescription drugs they find at home. In feet, persons 12 and older who use pain-relieving drugs nonmedically...
The Headscratchers
OTCItching - flaking - crawling. Head and scalp issues range from unpleasant to downright cruddy.For distressed patients who come into the pharmacy seeking relief, every bit of useful information is appreciated.DandruffAccording to experts writing in...
Ticagrelor Tops Prasugrel in Pharmacodynamic Study
ANTICOAGULATION THERAPIESThe first direct pharmacodynamic comparison of two new antiplatelet agents, prasugrel and ticagrelor, has found that ticagrelor produces significantly higher platelet inhibition than prasugrel. Both agents, however, are effective...
tPA: Still the Underused Clot-Buster in Stroke Management
Most people experiencing heart attack symptoms would immediately call 91 1 in order to be taken to the hospital for urgent care. Yet patients suffering a stroke or "brain attack" often do not seek immediate help, researchers say. This is of particular...
Will Requiring CQI by Law Actually Reduce Errors?
The Arizona board of pharmacy recently completed its regulation requiring community pharmacies to implement a quality assurance plan. Arizona joins a growing number of states determined to reduce the volume of medication errors. Florida and California...
World AIDS Conference 2012 Seeks an AIDS-Free Generation
On July 22, 2012, the opening day media briefing in Washington, D.C., for the 19th International AIDS Conference featured scientific findings slated for publication in the July 25 HTV/AIDS-theme issue of JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association.A...
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