Drug Topics

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Articles from Vol. 142, No. 14, July 20

1998 May Be a Turning Point in Contraception Coverage
Years from now, 1998 will be seen as "a major turning point" in the field of contraception, according to at least one expert. Legislative advances and the mounting weight of public opinion are forcing insurers to address the issue of providing coverage...
An Old Dog Named Humco Tries New Tricks
An expanding product line that includes forays into nutraceuticals, pharmacy software, and aromatherapy was just too much for venerable old Humco, which had been supplying retailers with products like calamine lotion for 126 years. So the company reinvented...
A Wrinkle in Time
Cosmeceuticals promise to turn back clock Fueled by an aging baby boomer population, new technological advances, and scientific research, cosmeceuticals-offering druglike effects such as repairing sun damage or reversing aging-are "flying off the shelves,"...
Bon Appetit!
I was visiting a guy who sounded as if he was the only pharmacist who ate on the run. "I don't even get a chance to take a lunch period," he said. "I'd like to leave the store, take my time eating, and maybe even enjoy a walk around the block." I couldn't...
Clinic Pharmacist Boosts Refill Compliance Rate
With help from cooperative physicians, a Mississippi pharmacist found commonsense ways to drive down his clinic pharmacy's refill noncompliance rate by 73%. As a result of pharmacist Ronald Tucker's initiatives, refill noncompliance has dropped 73.1%...
Florida Wildfires Spare Pharmacies; Chains Pitch In
Pharmacies apparently have so far been spared by the wildfires that have raced across central Florida, forcing the evacuation of one entire county and incinerating more than 480,000 acres by mid-July. The Florida pharmacy board and the Florida Pharmacists...
For Babes in the Woods
Preying on the young, the normally tameable respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) brings about little more than a cold in the fortunate healthy babies. But in some infants-such as those who are premature and suffer from bronchopulmonary dysplasia-this common...
How Does a Drug Achieve OTC Status?
A mini-case Again, it may be helpful for pharmacists to gain some insight into the process by which a drug product achieves (or in this case does not yet achieve) OTC status. The drug is cholestyramine resin, a cholesterol-lowering drug. In 1995, an...
Internal Analgesics-Pain Gains
The information in this department is provided by Information Resources Inc. (IRI), a marketing research and software company based in Chicago. The sales data on specific OTC and HBC categories are based on scanning data collected from drugstores, food...
Is Pharmacy on the Right Track?
It looks as if the pharmacist-- credentialing train is finally steaming out of the station, after years of talk and turf wars. The question now is who will be on board and who will be left standing on the platform. There's even a possibility that there...
It's Up, Down: Medicaid Covers Viagra, but Insurers Cite Safety Concerns
Medicaid must cover Viagra (sildenafil, Pfizer), but a number of private insurers--some citing safety concerns--won't. Those safety concerns have prompted a consumer advocacy group to urge the FDA to add "important information about the drug's dangers"...
Latelines
Medicare expands diabetes coverageR.Ph.s not eligible Medicare is now paying for diabetes test strips, lancets, and glucometers for all diabetic enrollees, not just those who are insulin-dependent. The July 1 expansion was part of the 1997 Balanced Budget...
Letters
Credibility and credentialing Both Mr. Sesti and Mr. Goulet make interesting points in Squaring Off (Drug Topics, June 15), but each, in my opinion, misses the boat. The profession of pharmacy has lagged behind for many years in bringing proper recognition...
Natural Products Bear Fruit for Cosmetics Field
Clinical research and the consumer's desire for a more youthful appearance is perking up interest in natural skin care and beauty products, according to industry experts at the recent HBA '98 Global Expo in New York City. Though natural ingredients have...
New AIDS Approaches
User-friendly regimens coming for HIV patients, say researchers That unlovely collection of fat around the neck of longtime antiretroviral therapy users, referred to as a "buffalo hump," may just be a sign that the drugs are working, said researchers...
New Anti-TB Agent Offers More Convenient Dosing Schedule
It may not cut down on the number of drugs patients must take to cure tuberculosis (TB), but a newly approved rifamycin derivative does offer a less frequent dosing schedule. Priftin (rifapentine), manufactured by Hoechst Marion Roussel, is indicated...
New Drug Checklist for the Patient
RALOXIFENE ra-LOKS-ih-feen) us used after ment osteoporosis (weak to pre ent osteoporosis (weak or thin bones). BRAND NAME(S): Evista HOW TO TAKE AND STORE THIS MEDICINE Tablets: Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take and how often. You...
Pharmacist's Formula for Balm Finds New Uses
Bag Balm. The name isn't sexy, the green can it comes in hasn't changed much since 1899, and the primary indication is congestion of the cow udder due to calving, high feeding, bruising, or chilling. With its 0.3% 8-hydroxyquinoline sulfate in a petrolatum...
Promising New Research Puts Focus on AIDS Vaccines
IDS vaccines were among some of the most promising new developments highlighted at an International Biotechnology Conference and Exhibition held recently in New York City. With the recent surge of reports on various attempts to immunize organisms against...
Rxecord Growth
Report shows drug spending jumped 16.1%. The slow and steady climb in prescription drug costs upgraded to fast and steep in 1997, according to the second annual Drug Trend Report, published in June by Express Scripts/ValueRx. And managed care will have...
Rx-to-OTC Switches: Reflections and Projections
INTRODUCTION In 1973, in the book Remarkable Pharmacists, pharmacist and former Vice President of the United States Hubert Humphrey reflected for several pages on his political career. He made no mention, however, of the Durham-Humphrey Drug Prescription...
The Rush to Credentialing
Three recent events: At a glance, they seem unconnected, but a closer look suggests a common underlying thread with a powerful interweaving force. First there was the decision by Mississippi Medicaid to pay credentialed pharmacists for managing certain...
To Catch a Thief
Expert gives tips on how drugs are stolen Pharmacists who attended the ASHP annual meeting in Baltimore last month learned an unusual new skill-how to steal drugs from hospitals! As justification, hospital security expert Don Bogardus said that unless...
Warning Shot
Employers get workload guidelines from Georgia board There's a warning to pharmacy owners in the workplace guidelines issued by the Georgia pharmacy board that they will share the liability when bad things happen to good people. The Georgia pharmacy...
'Well Worth It'
NACDS project offers insight into loyalty of customers Chain drugstores need to take advantage of the relationship between pharmacist and patient if they want to build customer loyalty and boost the increasingly important profitability of their front...
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