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•  Editor's Notebook
•  Counseling Pearls
•  It's the Law
•  Clinical Corner
•  Consult Your Pharmacist
•  Educational Spotlight
•  Quick Poll
  Photo Pediatric OTC Cough and Cold Product Safety
To properly counsel caregivers, it is essential for the pharmacist to keep abreast of the latest recommendations concerning these nonprescription medications for children.
  Photo Treatment Options in Acute Lung Injury and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
These pulmonary conditions are a leading cause of respiratory failure in hospitalized intensive-care patients requiring mechanical ventilation.


Editor's Notebook
Compounding the Problem

The FDA's position seems to cast aspersions on the entire compounding community.
Counseling Pearls
Photo The Relationship Between GERD and Asthma

Health care providers should be aware that reflux symptoms are a potential trigger of respiratory distress.
Photo Pharmacotherapy of Diabetes in the Elderly

By optimizing medication use and reducing the risks of polypharmacy, the pharmacist plays a key role in decreasing morbidity and mortality and improving quality of life in this patient population.

It's the Law
Pharmacy Robberies

Crime is on the rise, with thieves going directly to the source to steal drugs. Several recent incidents raise the question, what is considered excessive force when protecting the pharmacy?
Clinical Corner
Photo Tuberculosis: Insidious But Treatable

Treatment of this respiratory disorder can be difficult, requiring long courses of many medications to treat active and latent infection, which makes adherence a major issue.
Photo Managing Acute Exacerbations of COPD

The early recognition of key symptoms and prompt treatment may reduce the time to recovery and the need for hospitalization in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Consult Your Pharmacist
Why Patients Need Protection From the Sun

Patients should use sunscreen to protect themselves from harmful UV radiation, because there's no such thing as a healthy tan.
Educational Spotlight
Urinalysis: A Guide for Pharmacists

Knowledge of urine testing allows pharmacists to do in-pharmacy testing, counsel patients based on results, and work with other health professionals to improve patient treatment.
Herpes Zoster (Shingles) and Postherpetic Neuralgia Management

Age is the most important risk factor for developing this virus; thus, early management is essential to prevent the many complications, especially debilitating pain.
Nearly One-Fifth of Emergency Room Patients Uninsured
Washington, DC — New data released by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius uncovered that uninsured persons accounted for nearly one-fifth of the 120 million hospital-based emergency department visits in 2006. The data was collected from the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, the largest, all-payer emergency department database in the U.S.
CVS Caremark to Open New Pharmacy Customer Care Center
Woonsocket, RI — CVS Caremark is partnering with several state and local agencies to recruit and train certified pharmacy technicians for jobs at its new Pharmacy Customer Care Center in Cumberland, Rhode Island. Scheduled to open in December, the Center will be staffed by pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and customer service associates who will service calls from customers, prescribers, and other third-party agencies.
GPhA Upset With Senate Vote on Biogenerics Exclusivity
Arlington, VA — Responding to a vote by the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions that supported an exclusivity period of at least 12 years on generic biologic drugs, Kathleen Jaeger, president and CEO of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, stated that the Senate Committee's vote "could result in patients having little or no access to affordable biogenerics."
Obama Names New Surgeon General
Washington, DC — President Obama named Regina Benjamin, MD, to be the next Surgeon General. Dr. Benjamin is a family physician from Alabama. Among her accomplishments was founding the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic in 1990 and rebuilding the facility following Hurricane Katrina.
H1N1 Virus More Dangerous Than Originally Thought
Madison, WI — Researchers at the University of Wisconsin reported in Nature that the virulence of the H1N1 flu virus may have been underestimated. According to virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka and his research team, the H1N1 virus is different from other flu viruses in that it exhibits an ability to infect cells deep in the lungs, where it can cause pneumonia and even death. This characteristic is similar to those of other pandemic viruses, notably the 1918 virus, which killed tens of millions of people at the end of World War I.
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