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DEA Form 106 and Loss of Controlled Substances

A pharmacy must report the theft or significant loss of controlled substances to the DEA within one business day.

Medication Therapy Management Challenges in Patients With Diabetes: A Systematic Review

Providing medication therapy management (MTM) for patients with diabetes presents many challenges.

State May Regulate Dispensing of Emergency Contraception

This ruling is the latest in a series of judgments on whether religious believers can opt out of providing services.

Drug Addicts Suing Pharmacists

Two cases, set 20 years apart, see the responsibility of pharmacies very differently.

Whistleblowing Pharmacists

As these cases illustrate, exposing Medicare fraud may have monetary and emotional consequences for the whistleblower.

Dissecting Alcoholic Liver Disease 12/14/2015

Effective treatment approaches depend on the type and severity of the disease.

Drug-Induced Bleeding 12/14/2015

Drug-induced bleeding presents in many ways, including excessive bruising, nosebleeds, heavy menses, gastrointestinal bleeding, and rectal bleeding.

Effects and Prevalence of Viral Gastroenteritis 12/14/2015

The four most common types of viral gastroenteritis, which is highly contagious, are rotavirus, norovirus, adenovirus, and astrovirus.

Gastric Emptying Breath Test 12/14/2015

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Management in Pediatric Patients 12/14/2015

It is important to distinguish simple reflux from GERD in order to avoid unnecessary diagnostics and therapies.

Gut Feeling About Probiotics 12/14/2015

These microorganisms hold particular promise for treating GI diseases, but more research is needed.

Overuse of Proton Pump Inhibitors in the Hospitalized Patient 12/14/2015

Overutilization of PPIs has led to higher hospital-related costs and more adverse effects.

The Pharmacologic Management of Motion Sickness 12/14/2015

Motion sickness is a common malady in the general population; however, the exact mechanism through which it occurs is not completely known.

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Ulcerative Colitis 12/14/2015

This type of inflammatory bowel disease causes swelling and ulceration of the inner lining of the large intestine and rectum.

Utility of Probiotics in Gastrointestinal Disease 12/14/2015

Patients may need help in understanding the key differences between the many available OTC formulations.

Probiotics Change Gut Bacteria in Infants Treated for Milk Allergy 10/7/2015

Gastric Acid Suppressants and Association With Fractures in Women 9/15/2015

Long-term use of proton pump inhibitors may cause an increased risk of falls and fractures.

How a Popular Probiotic Benefits the Gut 5/15/2015

Ambulatory Care Visits for Digestive Diseases 12/17/2014

Digestive diseases were the first-listed diagnosis in 69% of the 104 million ambulatory care visits made in 2004, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Controversies in Using IV Azithromycin to Treat Gastroparesis 12/17/2014

Gastroparesis is a syndrome of delayed gastric emptying caused by factors other than mechanical obstructions in the stomach.

Examining Nonprescription Options for Heartburn 12/17/2014

Various antacids and acid reducers are available to treat this common GI ailment.

Gastrointestinal Protective Therapy Post Atrial Fibrillation Catheter Ablation 12/17/2014

Pharmacists can oversee postprocedural treatment administered to prevent atrioesophageal fistula, a serious complication.

Liver Cirrhosis: A Review 12/17/2014

Liver cirrhosis is the end result of several mechanisms of liver inflammation caused by chronic liver disease, genetic disease, or autoimmune inflammation.

Medication and Supplement Use in Celiac Disease 12/17/2014

Recent studies have shown that drug absorption may be impaired in CD patients who require oral medications for comorbid conditions.

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Probiotics 12/17/2014

Live microorganisms used as dietary supplements to treat or prevent diarrhea and other GI conditions.

Update on the Management of Clostridium difficile Infection 12/17/2014

The most important risk factor for acquiring this virulent infection is antibiotic administration.

No Link Between IBD Treatment and Cancer Risk 7/17/2014

An Outpatient Approach to Nausea and Vomiting 12/18/2013

Prevention and treatment rely upon the precipitating mechanisms from which the condition results.

Antibiotic Therapy for Appendicitis in Children 12/18/2013

Appropriate IV antibiotics should be initiated upon diagnosis and postappendectomy.

Bowel Preparations: A Review for Community Pharmacists 12/18/2013

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and the third most common cancer in both men and women.

Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae: An Emerging Threat 12/18/2013

Because of limited treatments and a high mortality rate, CRE infection is a growing threat, especially in the healthcare setting.

Counseling Patients About Constipation 12/18/2013

Factors to consider include patient age, current medications, and laxative misuse or abuse.

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Crohn’s Disease 12/18/2013

Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the tissues of the GI tract.

Effects of Digestive Disorders 12/18/2013

In 2010, 70 million people with digestive disorders made 104.7 million visits to healthcare providers in ambulatory care settings.

Long-Term Consequences of Chronic Proton Pump Inhibitor Use 12/18/2013

Continued use of these agents can potentially result in malabsorption problems and increased risk of infections.

Wheat Allergy: A Closer Look 12/18/2013

Identifying the specific type of gluten allergy a patient is experiencing is important when developing an effective treatment plan.

Gallbladder Disease: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment 3/20/2013

Gallbladder disease, particularly cholelithiasis (gallstones), affects more than 20 million Americans each year.

Acute Bacterial Peritonitis in Adults 12/19/2012

A delay in intervention can lead to damage to other bodily organs.

Bacterial Pathogens in Our Food: An Update on Foodborne Illness 12/19/2012

Foodborne illness poses a significant public health threat to the United States.

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Celiac Disease 12/19/2012

This disorder is caused by an immune reaction when gluten, a grain found in many foods and beverages, is consumed.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines Update 12/19/2012

In June 2012, the American Cancer Society (ACS) released updated guidelines for early detection of colorectal cancer.

Gastrointestinal Side Effects of Opioid Analgesics 12/19/2012

Major reasons for discontinuing opioid medications are gastrointestinal side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and constipation.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment Options 12/19/2012

This common gastrointestinal disorder is hard to diagnose and does not have an established cure.

Lower Pancreatitis Risk With Statin Therapy 9/19/2012

GERD-Related Sleep Disturbances 1/20/2012

Sleep disturbance is a common complaint in patients suffering from GERD

Approach to Treatment and Prevention of Traveler’s Diarrhea 12/20/2011

Millions of travelers are affected by traveler's diarrhea annually, so it is vital that pharmacists proactively educate individuals who will be traveling about preventive measures and treatment.

Disorders Associated With Celiac Disease 12/20/2011

With celiac disease, the risk of developing other autoimmune and nonautoimmune disorders increases.

Evaluation of Strategies to Improve the Treatment of Recurrent Clostridium difficile–Associated Disease 12/20/2011

New methods for treating this common nosocomial infection are being implemented. 

Fructose Malabsorption: A Possible Factor in Functional Bowel Disorders 12/20/2011

Elimination of dietary fructose can have a positive effect on clinical symptoms. 

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GERD 12/20/2011

When stomach acid is refluxed into the esophagus over a long period of time, it is known as gastroesophageal reflux disease. 

Gluten-Free Cosmetics Difficult to Find 12/20/2011

Management of Gastroparesis 12/20/2011

Underlying conditions and comorbidities make it difficult to properly manage this disorder.

Pharmaceutical Care of Celiac Disease 12/20/2011

Celiac disease, also known as gluten-sensitive enteropathy or sprue, is a chronic autoimmune disorder caused by a genetic intolerance to gluten.

Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis: The Consequences of Overuse and Misuse 10/19/2011

It seems as though almost every patient admitted to the hospital in the United States is prescribed either a proton pump inhibitor or a histamine-2 antagonist as stress ulcer prophylaxis.

Heartburn Medications May Increase Pneumonia Risk 1/20/2011

Diarrhea: How to Assist the Patient 12/17/2010

This disorder requires more counseling than other conditions treatable by self-care. 

Direct Costs for Treatment of Digestive Diseases 12/17/2010

According to the National Institutes of Health, 60 to 70 million people suffered from digestive diseases in 2004.

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Lactose Intolerance 12/17/2010

People with this condition have trouble digesting milk sugar (lactose) due to a relative lack of the enzyme lactase.

Management of Diverticular Disease 12/17/2010

Older age and insufficient dietary fiber intake are the two biggest risk factors for diverticulosis and diverticulitis. 

Management of Nonvariceal Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding 12/17/2010

Acute gastrointestinal bleeding is a common life-threatening medical emergency requiring hospital admission.

Overview of Peptic Ulcer Disease 12/17/2010

This disease encompasses gastric, duodenal, and esophageal ulcers, with common etiologies of Helicobacter pylori infection and NSAID use. 

Review of Current Chronic Constipation Guidelines 12/17/2010

Constipation accounts for approximately 2.7 million physician office visits, is responsible for an annual cost of about $8 billion per patient, and occurs in 12% to 19% of the U.S. population.

Treatment Options for Postoperative Ileus 12/17/2010

This condition frequently is a result of abdominal or nonabdominal surgery, but other causes include certain types of medications, inflammation, hematoma, and metabolic disturbances.

Ulcerative Colitis: Therapeutic Management Update 12/17/2010

A mix of immunologic, infectious, and genetic factors may be responsible for this form of inflammatory bowel disease. 

Name Change for Heartburn Drug 4/19/2010

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Crohn's Disease: Current Management and Prospective Therapies 1/20/2010

Crohn's disease is a chronic form of irritable bowel disease that can extend through the various layers of the gastrointestinal tract, resulting in intestinal and extraintestinal complications.

Gastrointestinal Bleeding: An Alarming Sign 12/17/2009

Early intervention to control bleeding is important in order to minimize mortality, particularly in elderly patients.

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IBS Treatment Guidelines 12/17/2009

Irritable bowel syndrome places a significant burden on society; it also presents an excellent opportunity for pharmacists to participate in the care of patients with the disorder.

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Overview of Hepatitis B and C Management 12/17/2009

Pharmacists play an important role in the care of patients infected with these diseases, which often lead to chronic liver disease and even death

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Pancreatitis 12/17/2009

The pancreas produces insulin and enzymes that help digest food and can become inflamed as a result of alcoholism, gallstones, or infection.

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Probiotics and Microflora 12/17/2009

There is a new focus on the role of beneficial bacteria to aid digestion, boost natural defenses, and fight off bacteria that could cause health problems.

The Burden of Digestive Diseases 12/17/2009

At the end of the 20th century, there were changes in the incidence, prevalence, and overall impact of digestive diseases, as evidenced by the 2008 update to the National Institutes of Health publication on digestive diseases.

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Updates in Nonprescription Therapy for Heartburn and GERD 10/21/2009

Understanding the relative advantages and disadvantages of OTC antacids, H2 antagonists, and proton pump inhibitors allows the pharmacist to provide lasting relief for patients.

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Alcohol-Induced Pancreatitis 8/20/2009

An association exists between alcohol abuse and pancreatitis, but the mechanism involved is not understood.

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Adverse Events Associated with NSAIDs 12/15/2008

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 inhibitors (COXIBs) are perhaps some of the most extensively used medications in the world.

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Ulcerative Colitis: Achieving and Maintaining Remission 12/15/2008

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD) characterized by diffuse mucosal inflammation of the colon.

Diseases of the Digestive System 12/15/2008

A ccording to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), digestive diseases have affected more than 70 million Americans.

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The Operating Room Pharmacist and Bariatric Surgery 12/15/2008

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of overweight or obese persons in the U.

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Celiac Disease: More Common Than Once Thought 12/15/2008

A n estimated one of every 100 to 200 people in the United States has celiac disease (also known as gluten-sensitive enteropathy, nontropical sprue, or celiac sprue), an autoimmune inflammatory enteropathy that is triggered by the ingestion of gluten-containing grains in susceptible individuals.

Understanding and Managing Lactose Intolerance 12/15/2008

The inability to ingest milk as an adult, known as lactose intolerance (LI) , is characteristic of many ethnic groups.

Probiotics: A Closer Look 6/19/2008

Probiotics are dietry supplements that have been used for centuries as natural components in health-enhancing foods.

Diverticulitis: Overview and Management 3/20/2008

Some illnesses are found to take varied courses in geriatric patients.

Clinical News Digest 1/23/2008

FDA Says No Change in Cardio Risks for Prilosec and Nexium Earlier this year, AstraZeneca, the manufacturer of Prilosec (omeprazole) and Nexium (esomeprazole), sent the FDA results of studies being conducted by the pharmaceutical company on the long-term use of the two drugs.

GERD Update: The Refractory Patient 12/20/2007

Heartburn, one of the classic symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a very common occurrence among the general population.

Bariatric Surgery 9/19/2007

For many individuals--especially those who are morbidly obese--diet and exercise, even in combination with drug therapy, are usually not enough to achieve adequate weight loss.

A Review on the Management of Crohn's Disease 1/23/2007

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a condition that causes chronic inflammation in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT).