Magazine article Drug Topics

Letters

Magazine article Drug Topics

Letters

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Join me in fighting stroke

In reference to your June 18 article, "New stroke guidelines stress speedy treatment," like pharmacist Mullarkey, I mourn the death of National Power to End Stroke Ambassador Yolanda King. As chair of the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Task Force on Power to End Stroke, I had the opportunity to work with this great woman.

The new stroke guidelines stress speedy treatment. Many states are working on systems to improve treatment for stroke victims, and many hospitals have become or are considering becoming certified stroke centers.

Even with the treatment advances and system changes, the patient must get to the hospital speedily to achieve the desired outcome, and I urge my fellow pharmacists to become a part of Power to End Stroke. The American Stroke Association will provide you with the information so that you can inform patients not only of the warning signs of stroke, but also the risk factors. As pharmacists, we are positioned to make a great impact on the lives of our patients and the health care of our country. Stroke is the No. 3 killer when it comes to disease, and it is the most costly when it comes to long-term disabilities.

Becoming an ambassador is as easy as calling your local office of the American Heart/Stroke Association, visiting www.AHA.org, or contacting me.

Please join me in the battle against this disease that has hurt not only my family but so many other families in this country.

Leonard L. Edloe, BSP, M.Div., Pharm.D.

President and Pharmacist

Edloe's Professional Pharmacy, Richmond

Chair, Task Force on Power to End Stroke

Chair, American Heart Association Mid-Atlantic Affiliate

edloe@earthlink. net

Some independents offer specialty Rxs

Regarding your June 4 article, "Independents launch first specialty pharmacy network," we at Vital Care Inc. have been providing specialty pharmacy services for about 15 years. We are based in Meridian, Miss., and have over 20 states with 140-plus pharmacies involved, all independent. If you would like to know more about us, please let me know.

Robert L. Jordan, R.Ph., M.D.

Vital Care Inc.

tyordan@VitalCareinc.com

Remediating errant pharmacists

Regarding "Fatal error sparks debate over punitive measures" (Drug Topics, May 7), the writer, subsequent blog comments, and Ohio Board of Pharmacy minutes all depict this hospital error episode as one of an incompetent pharmacist. …

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