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Articles from Vol. 138, No. 19, October 10

A Majority of Pharmacists Aren't Counseling, NABP Finds
Fewer than four in 10 consumers receive offers to discuss their prescriptions, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. That a majority of pharmacists are not offering to counsel is especially troubling...
Battle Lines
California pharmacy is in the midst of a political battle over mandatory mail-order consultation. The fight pits the board of Pharmacy against the State Department of Consumer Affairs, and the American Managed Care Pharmacy Association against both the...
Broad-Spectrum Macrolide Okayed for Pediatric Use
As the problem of antibiotic resistance continues to grow throughout the United States, the need for new antibiotics, ones that can be available for patients of all ages, becomes an increasingly important concern.Biaxin (clarithromycin) for oral suspension,...
Chain Buying Organization Offering Private-Label Option
The annual fall meeting of Chain Drug Marketing Associates drew more than 750 attendees to the Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Fla. That was the chain drug buying organization's largest crowd to date.Of that total, 175 were retailers representing 64 chains....
Elderly Found to Be Getting Unnecessary, Harmful Drugs
About one-third of elderly Americans walking into their local pharmacy with prescriptions are getting drugs that have been deemed inappropriate for them, according to a new study.In checking against a list of 23 drugs that a consensus panel of experts...
Independent Superstars 1994
Making it in independent pharmacy in 1994 takes toughness and intelligence. It also doesn't hurt to have an eye for niches and innovations that bring customers into stores as well as the resourcefulness to overcome disasters and crises that come along.Once...
Making a Difference
Neither flood, nor earthquake, nor fire, nor tornado, nor crash of computer could stay these couriers of drug information from the self-appointed provision of pharmaceutical care. As our cover story ("Independent Superstars," page 68) indicates, pharmacists...
Medicare Part B Policies Still Need Some Fixing: NARD
While many of the main problems have been resolved, there are still some matters to resolve as providers adjust to the Health Care Financing Administration's new policies and regional carrier system to handle Medicare Part B durable medical equipment...
New Strides
During the month of October, pumpkins, cornstalks, and fall foliage are familiar sights. Another sight, one that is becoming more common each year, is pink ribbons-symbolizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer...
Our Very Own
In most neighborhoods, to be a cool kid these days all you need is a pair rollerblades. In the managed care neighborhood, being cool requires owning a disease management program.Not content to let only managed care organizations (MCOs) roll out their...
Pharmacists Recruited for Depression Awareness Month
Suppose there were an illness so pervasive that one in five Americans could be expected to suffer from it during his or her lifetime and that each year it took a $43.7 billion toll in treatment, lost wages, and productivity. Now suppose that, despite...
Professionalism or Payola?
First there was the provocative title, "Pharmacist Cognitive Services: Compensation or Kickback?" Then there were the two speakers: an assistant state attorney general who has forced prescription drug switch campaigns to stop and a past president of...
Pulling the Plug
After a year of turmoil and dissent, the American Pharmaceutical Association has withdrawn its controversial endorsement of a pharmacy provider network sponsored by Medco Containment Services. Instead, said APhA, it is developing what it hopes will become...
Reports of Drug Error Deaths: Mandatory?
Legislation that would require health-care providers to notify the Food & Drug Administration of any deaths caused by medication errors would jeopardize voluntary reporting programs, according to some private groups involved with these programs....
Responding to Drug Product Notices
Recent notices disclosed that an antiepilepsy medication had "been linked to 10 cases of aplastic anemia" and recommended suspension of therapy.What is the pharmacist's responsibility with such notices and, in relation to this responsibility, the potential...
Revco Lets Go
With one move, the Jean Coutu Group Inc., of Longueuil, Quebec, has mushroomed from only 22 stores in the United States to 243.The Canadian chain has reached an agreement in principle to acquire the 221 Brooks Drug stores from Revco D.S., Inc. The Brooks...
R.Ph.S Can Facilitate Smooth Home Infusion of Antibiotics
In line with the cost-containment movement, more and more patients are receiving intravenous antibiotic drug therapy at home. Pharmacists can play a major role in carrying out these treatment regimens."Selecting antibiotics that are cost effective and...
Serotonin: The Neurotransmitter for the '90S
Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) is widely distributed in animals and plants, occurring in vertebrates, fruits, nuts, and venoms. A number of congeners of serotonin are also found in nature and have been shown to possess a variety of peripheral...
Shed More Light on Dispensing Drug Errors
Pharmacy owners could help cut down on dispensing errors by turning up the lights behind the counter, advised an Auburn University researcher.Increasing the lighting level in the dispensing area to a measured brightness of 140 footcandles resulted in...
Speak Easy
There may be a light at the end of the tunnel or pharmacists who are frequently thwarted by the complexity of home infusion insurance claims processing. A recent summit meeting of organizations involved in providing home infusion services concluded that...
Trio of Factors Slows Down Rate of Rx Sales Gains
Hit by fewer new drug approvals, skimpier price increases, and more generic substitution, U.S. pharmaceutical sales grew by only 10.7% in 1993, the lowest growth rate in five years, according to the latest class-of-trade analysis.Overall, U.S. drug manufacturers...
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