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•  Editor's Notebook
•  Counseling Pearls
•  It's the Law
•  Clinical Corner
•  Consult Your Pharmacist
•  Educational Spotlight
•  Quick Poll
  Photo Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
This condition should be treated aggressively, as uncontrolled cases can result in detrimental effects on both mother and child.
  Photo Perimenopause: Management of Common Symptoms During the Menopausal Transition
Pharmacists should be prepared to discuss the complex health concerns and common treatment options encountered.


Editor's Notebook
Time for an e-Mail Reality Check

To counteract the misinformation propagated by spam, the pharmaceutical community must start using e-mail to its own advantage.
Counseling Pearls
Photo Understanding Breastfeeding: Beyond Medication

New mothers may approach pharmacists for counsel, not only concerning issues related to medication or devices, but also regarding the act of breastfeeding and its accompanying concerns and difficulties.
Photo Psychotropic Medication During Pregnancy

A variety of mental-health conditions ranging from depression to bipolar disorder may be encountered in the public-health setting, but these illnesses are not always treated appropriately during pregnancy.
It's the Law
Unraveling Plan B's Legal Status

In order to clarify the current controversy surrounding the dispensing of emergency contraception, the Washington State case and recent FDA activity must be examined.
Clinical Corner
Photo Hypothyroidism

Prompt diagnosis and treatment can reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with this chronic condition, which is commonly caused by destruction of the thyroid gland by the immune system.
Photo Rapid Molecular Testing in Bloodstream Infections

Quickly identifying pathogens can help improve patient outcomes, reduce health care costs, and aid clinical pharmacists in making decisions regarding early treatment with antimicrobial therapy.


Consult Your Pharmacist
Treating Common Problems in the Pregnant Patient

Caution must be taken when recommending OTC products for pregnancy-related symptoms such as constipation, melasma, nausea, and hemorrhoids.
Educational Spotlight
An Update on the Current Treatment of HIV

The combining of drugs from the six different medication classes used to treat this disease holds promise for many patients.
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.

FDA Approves H1N1 Vaccines in Time for 2009 Flu Season
Silver Spring, MD — The FDA has approved four vaccines against the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. The new vaccines are expected to be distributed nationwide during the next four weeks. Early data from multiple clinical studies indicate that the trial vaccines produced a robust immune response in most healthy adults 8 to 10 days after a single dose. The vaccines will be manufactured by CSL Limited, MedImmune, LLC, Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Limited, and sanofi pasteur Inc. Vaccines that work against three seasonal flu virus strains have started to be administrated nationally but do not have any effect against the H1N1 virus.
NACDS Applauds Increased Dispensing Fee in Texas
Alexandria, VA — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE, declared that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS') "approval of the increased dispensing fee [in Texas] is a huge victory for patient care in pharmacies" and will ultimately "help control costs associated with medication nonadherence."
Pharmacy Customer Satisfaction Not Dependent on Public vs. Private Insurance
Westlake Village, CA — A study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates uncovered that while pharmacy customers with prescription drug coverage are more satisfied with their pharmacy experience, it does not matter whether they have a public–private insurance like Medicare Part D or wholly private insurance. The study also revealed that customers with higher pharmacy satisfaction scores are more loyal to the pharmacies they use and generate higher revenue per visit.
NCPA Partners With AADE to Expand Diabetes Counseling Options
Alexandria, VA — The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has announced a partnership with the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). According to NCPA Executive Vice President & CEO Bruce Roberts, the partnership will "allow community pharmacists to get the training they need to conduct intensive and comprehensive educational classes targeted to diabetes patients to ensure every measure is being incorporated to improve their health outcomes and ultimately lower costs." After fulfilling 16 hours of certified training, community pharmacists will be eligible to serve as an instructor within an accredited diabetes education program.
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