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New Drug Review 2014 10/16/2014

This article reviews five new drugs (umeclidinium and vilanterol, vortioxetine, dapagliflozin, luliconazole, sofosbuvir) that were approved by the FDA in the past year.

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Drug-Induced Urinary Incontinence

A number of medications have been proposed as possible causes of drug-induced urinary incontinence, including alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonists, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, antidepressants, and hormone replacement therapy.

Urinary Tract Infection

UTIs are common, especially in women.

Onychomycosis: Clinical Considerations and Recommendations

Often viewed as a purely cosmetic issue, nail fungus may lead to complications and should be treated.



Management of Occupational Exposure to HIV

Updated guidelines for management and postexposure prophylaxis were recently released.



Review of Selected NMEs 2014 10/16/2014

Five new molecular entities (riociguat, ibrutinib, obinutuzumab, coagulation factor XIII A-subunit [recombinant], collagenase clostridium histolyticum) that were recently approved by the FDA are discussed.

The Off-Label Debate Rages On 10/16/2014

Pharmacists who counsel patients should exercise caution and transparency in discussing a drug’s off-label uses until a specific court ruling is made.

AbbVie Acquires Shire in $54 Billion Deal 8/20/2014



Black Is the New Gray in Pharmaceuticals 7/17/2014

Certain medications are often sold outside of official channels.

Pharmacy Study Hopes to Reduce Hospital Readmissions 7/17/2014



Too Little, Too Late 6/19/2014

 

A more effective way of getting terminally ill patients experimental drugs from pharmaceutical companies is needed.

The Ethical Pharmacist 5/16/2014

Should pharmacists be involved in preparing medications for use in lethal injections?


Transitions of Care: Pharmacist Collaboration at a Community Teaching Hospital 5/16/2014

Pharmacists are involved in strategies to reduce readmissions and improve patient outcomes.



Getting No Respect Is Not a Joke 4/18/2014



No-Refrigeration Vaccine Might Curb Diseases in Remote Areas 4/18/2014



A Healthy Decision 3/19/2014

Cigarettes and other tobacco products should not be sold in pharmacies.


Brain Differences Linked to Insomnia Identified 3/19/2014



Do Obesity, Birth Control Pills Increase MS Risk? 3/19/2014



Doctors’ Stethoscopes More Contaminated Than Palms of Their Hands 3/19/2014



Food Allergy Nearly Doubles Among Black Children 3/19/2014



Huntington’s Disease Therapeutic Targets Found 3/19/2014



Increased Fish Intake Can Raise Good Cholesterol 3/19/2014



Sleep Apnea May Heighten Risk of Pneumonia 3/19/2014



Pot of Green for Pharmacists 2/19/2014

Marijuana should be clinically tested if it is to be approved by federal law.

PAS Alcovisor Satellite: A New Device for Measuring Alcohol Intoxication 1/22/2014

Now you can use a personal breathalyzer to determine your blood alcohol content.


Policing Pharmacy 1/22/2014

Is this just the beginning of the FDA monitoring all licensed pharmacies?


Annual Index 2013 12/18/2013

A listing of articles published in 2013.

Independent Thinkers 11/15/2013



New Drug Review 2013 10/18/2013

This article reviews five new drugs that were approved by the FDA in the past year.


Review of Selected NMEs 2013 10/18/2013

Five molecular entities that were recently approved by the FDA are discussed.


The Yin and Yang of Pharmacy 10/18/2013

In pharmacy, the delicate balance between business and profession must be maintained.


Trends in Drug Shortages 10/18/2013

The FDA, drug manufacturers, and the supply chain work together to achieve availability of drugs when they are needed.

It’s Called “Customer Service” 9/18/2013

Pharmacists are some of the most service-oriented professionals in health care.


A Familiar Health Care Model 8/20/2013

Data support pharmacists' value in improving health care outcomes and lowering costs.


Nearly 7 in 10 Americans Are Taking Prescription Drugs 7/17/2013



Stressed Out?…You’re Not Alone! 7/17/2013

For many pharmacists, stress is synonymous with the practice of pharmacy.


Now It’s Your Turn 6/21/2013

Our readers comment on the myriad issues facing pharmacists daily.

Why Is It Taking So Long? 2/20/2013

The private sector has been slow to adopt health care models that give pharmacists an expanded role.

The Pharmacist Safety Net 1/23/2013

Rx-to-OTC switching is likely to continue unabated due to the high cost of health care in the U.S.


It’s Over…Now What? 12/19/2012

Pharmacists should prepare for a shift in the way the profession is currently practiced.


A Pharmacist at 36,000 Feet 11/20/2012

A pharmacist’s knowledge of medications can be lifesaving in an emergency situation.


New Drug Review 2012 10/19/2012

Four new drugs (abiraterone, avanafil, clobazam, tafluprost) that were approved by the FDA in the past year are reviewed.

Review of Selected NMEs 2012 10/19/2012

Six new molecular entities (aflibercept, asparaginase Erwinia chrysanthemi, brentuximab vedotin, glucarpidase, ipilimumab, lucinactant) that were recently approved by the FDA are reviewed.

Roche to Open Research Facility in Manhattan 10/19/2012



Prescription for Disaster 10/19/2012



Walgreens to Purchase USA Drug 8/21/2012



Do We Really Need Health Care Reform? 7/18/2012

There is probably no issue more divisive in the political arena today than that of health care reform.


Ethics and Honesty Are Top Priority 5/22/2012

As exhibited by the annual Gallup poll, rising above other professions in ethics and honesty is a top priority for pharmacists.


Abbott to Spin Off Pharmaceutical Division 4/23/2012



Disney’s Pharmacy Solution 4/23/2012

Pharmacies would do well to adopt the principles of this institution’s successful, people-centered management style.


Prescription Drug Shortages Impact Community Pharmacists 3/20/2012



Why the FDA Matters 3/20/2012

The agency is still vital to this country’s health and well-being.


Cruisin’ for Drugs 2/17/2012

Pharmacists should advise patients to be wary of counterfeit drugs being sold on the Internet and in foreign “drug stores.”


Pharmacists a Key Resource in Planning for Chemical-Weapons Attacks 1/20/2012



FDA Launches “Sharps” Web Site 12/20/2011



National Campaign Against PBM Abuse 11/16/2011



Now It's Your Turn 11/16/2011

Pharmacists have actively answered the polls posted monthly on our Web site.


U.S. Scores Poorly on Measures of Health Care Performance 11/16/2011



Hospital Drug Shortages Prove Costly 10/19/2011



New Drug Review 2011 10/19/2011

It is essential that practitioners be aware of changes in a drug’s therapeutic profile as reported by their own patients and in the pharmaceutical literature.

The New Vision of Pharmacy 10/19/2011

Pharmacy practice has transformed into a more clinical and patient-centered role.

Breast Cancer Drug Linked to Heart Problems in Some Patients 9/20/2011



CDER Develops Strategic Agenda 9/20/2011



Disparity Between Quality Perception and Outcomes at Top Hospitals 9/20/2011



High Calcium No Better for Bone Health 9/20/2011



Hospital Discharge Linked to Unintentional Discontinuation of Chronic Disease Medications 9/20/2011



Medication for Severe Gout Effective 9/20/2011



No Shortage of Blame 9/20/2011

Drug shortages have silently, but steadily, risen to critical levels.

Predictive Model for CKD Progression Promising 9/20/2011



Progress on International Drug Inspection 9/20/2011



Regulatory Science Plan Positions Agency to Foster Innovation 9/20/2011



Smokers Have Smaller Odds of Beating Colon Cancer 9/20/2011



Vitamin D and Skin Cancer Link 9/20/2011



Express Scripts and Medco Announce Merger 8/19/2011



Like a Broken Record 7/20/2011

Pharmacies are rated as one of the top three businesses in providing customer service.


The War Against Retail Pharmacy 6/20/2011

Pharmacist consultation on patient compliance and adherence is the future of pharmacy and must be embraced now.


Dedicated GSK Team Supports Community Pharmacists 5/18/2011



The Pharmacist’s Role in Medication Adherence 5/18/2011

Nonadherence to medication for chronic diseases leads to worse therapeutic outcomes, higher hospitalization rates, and increased health care costs.

We Are Not Alone 4/20/2011

Pharmacists must be vigilant about enforcing HIPAA privacy regulations.

Most Estrogen in Drinking Water Not From the Pill 3/18/2011



NCPA Issues Statement on Senate Vote to Repeal 1099 Tax Reporting Provision 3/18/2011



If We Can Land a Man on the Moon, Why Can't We Cure Cancer? 2/18/2011

A richly detailed new book provides insight into the intricacies of this complicated disease.


"Smart" Antibiotic Use Urged 12/17/2010



Abbott to Withdraw Meridia 12/17/2010



Fake Drugs Are Real 12/17/2010

Counterfeit medications are increasingly widespread, highly profitable, and dangerous.


Vitamin C as Sepsis Treatment 12/17/2010



Patient Care Is Not a Myth 11/17/2010

Pharmacists should be aware of both the physical and emotional conditions of their patients.


FDA Warns Consumers to Avoid TimeOut Capsules 10/20/2010



Grant Awarded to Develop Cocaine-Addiction Drug 10/20/2010



Independent Pharmacies Earn High Customer Satisfaction 10/20/2010



It Really Is a Small World 10/20/2010

Pharmacists worldwide are active participants in their countries’ health care systems.


New Drug Review 2010 10/20/2010

Profiles of several new drugs approved by the FDA in the past year (asenapine, bepotastine, dronedarone, liraglutide, tocilizumab, ustekinumab). 

Oral Therapy Shows Promise in Patients With RA 10/20/2010



Review of Selected NMEs 2010 10/20/2010

Five new molecular entities approved by the FDA in the past year are discussed (dalfampridine, ecallantide, pralatrexate, prasugrel, telavancin). 

The Impaired Pharmacist 9/20/2010

One of the most difficult things for a health care professional to do is report a colleague who may be practicing while under the influence.


And the Survey Says… 7/20/2010

The responses to polls on the U.S. Pharmacist and PharmQD Web sites are often surprising.


Community Pharmacies Launch Initiative for Safe Medication Disposal 5/20/2010



Reporting Adverse Drug Events 4/19/2010

Timely and accurate reporting is an essential element of monitoring and improving patient safety.


Botox Applications: A Review of Risks and Benefits 3/19/2010

Botox, which is a purified form of the toxin botulinum produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, has several medical applications.

FDA Approves Statin for Primary CVD Prevention 3/19/2010



More McNeil OTCs Recalled 3/19/2010



Walgreens to Acquire Duane Reade 3/19/2010



Beware of Counterfeit Alli 2/19/2010



Ordering Prescriptions by Mail May Improve Adherence 2/19/2010



Legalizing Medical Marijuana 1/20/2010

The debate over legalizing marijuana is ongoing despite support by respectable medical organizations for its legalization.

Annual Index 2009 12/17/2009

A listing of articles published in 2009.

Dr. Regina Benjamin Confirmed as U.S. Surgeon General 12/17/2009



FDA Expands Approved Use of H1N1 Vaccines 12/17/2009



Making a Difference 12/17/2009

Some heartwarming stories have emerged from our newly launched social networking site, PharmQD, and they are especially timely during this holiday season.


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Surgical Procedures for Weight Loss 12/17/2009

Weight-loss, or bariatric, surgery is considered for the morbidly obese patient when all conventional therapy--including behavioral modification, diet therapy, exercise, and medication--has failed.

Survey: Patients Do Not Treat Cold and Flu Symptoms Early Enoug 12/17/2009



Acute Negative Feelings Among Adults 11/19/2009

The 2007 National Health Interview Survey for noninstitutionalized adults provides an understanding of the prevalence of acute feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, or nervousness or that everything is an effort.


Generics Will Have Modest Negative Impact on Hypertension Drug Market Sales Through 2018 11/19/2009



IMS Predicts 4% to 6% Global Pharma Market Growth Next Year 11/19/2009



Marketing of Illegal Opioids Halted 11/19/2009



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Medications Used in Opioid Maintenance Treatment 11/19/2009

For the community pharmacist, the ability to aid in the management of opioid dependence is vital to closing the gap between treated and untreated opioid-dependent individuals.

New Leukemia Treatment Fast Tracked 11/19/2009



New Web Page Details Disposal Instructions 11/19/2009



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Pharmacologic Management of Alcohol Dependence 11/19/2009

Alcohol dependence is a serious health concern that is associated with many long-term consequences.

Pharmacy Technicians: Truth and Consequences 11/19/2009

Ultimately, it is the pharmacist's responsibility to check all prescriptions filled, and the consequences of not performing due diligence could be severe.


Smoking Bans Reduce Heart Attack Risk 11/19/2009



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Review of Selected NMEs 2009 10/21/2009

The following descriptions of new molecular entities approved in 2008-2009 summarize each new drug's clinical and pharmacologic profile, as well as selected pharmacokinetic, adverse-reaction, drug-interaction, and dosing data.

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Evidence-Based Medicine in Pharmacy Practice 10/21/2009

With pharmacists moving more toward a role of medication therapy management versus dispensing, it is crucial for the practitioner to keep up with the latest guidelines.


NACDS Applauds Increased Dispensing Fee in Texas 10/21/2009



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New Drug Review 2009 10/21/2009

New molecular entities are new drug products containing as their active ingredient a chemical substance marketed for the first time in the United States.

Obesity: Reality and Relevance to Health 9/21/2009

There has been a significant increase in obesity in the United States within the last 2 decades, and excess body weight contributes to the development of chronic conditions in later years.


U.S. Life Expectancy and Death Rates Break Records 9/21/2009



Wal-Mart Expands Mail-Delivery Prescription Program 9/21/2009



CVS Caremark to Open New Pharmacy Customer Care Center 8/20/2009



GPhA Upset With Senate Vote on Biogenerics Exclusivity 8/20/2009



H1N1 Virus More Dangerous Than Originally Thought 8/20/2009



Nearly One-Fifth of Emergency Room Patients Uninsured 8/20/2009



Obama Names New Surgeon General 8/20/2009



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Pharmacy Students Providing Patient Medication Discharge Counseling in Pennsylvania 8/20/2009

A pilot study examines a possible untapped resource. 



Florida Law Targets Illegal Prescription Drugs 7/20/2009



Bill Will Allow Ontario Pharmacists to Renew Rx Without MD 6/18/2009



H1N1 Virus Continues to Spread 6/18/2009



Health Literacy—¿Comprende? Not Necessarily. 6/18/2009

Medication errors are more likely in those with low health literacy, including many older adults, patients with chronic diseases, recent immigrants, and people who do not understand English well or at all.


NCPA Denounces New Wal-Mart Rx Program 6/18/2009



Deal Finalized Between Sepracor and Teva on Xopenex 5/19/2009



FDA Amends Ban on Unapproved Opioids 5/19/2009



GPhA Applauds Approval of Patent Reform Act 5/19/2009



GPhA Endorses Availability of Biogenerics 5/19/2009



Mylan Files ANDA for Chemo Drug; Sued by Roche 5/19/2009



Mylan Settles With Schering-Plough Over Clarinex 5/19/2009



NCPA Puts Forward Recommendations for Health Care Reform 5/19/2009



Prasco to Market and Distribute GSK Generics 5/19/2009



Teva Launches Two New Product 5/19/2009



Consumer Reports Poll: Many Americans Not Taking Needed Medication 4/20/2009



No More Excuses 4/20/2009

An incredible thing is taking place in this country: A politician is taking the nation's pulse on health care by actually touching base with regular citizens and asking them their opinions.

Obama Names FDA Commissioner 4/20/2009



Procter & Gamble Receives APhA H.A.B. Dunning Award 4/20/2009



Roche to Purchase Genentech; Layoffs Expected 4/20/2009



Dr. Reddy's Launches Five New Generics 3/18/2009



Generics Blamed for Cut in Glaxo Jobs 3/18/2009



Like a Bad Penny 3/18/2009

While there is no question that our health care system needs an overhaul, importing drugs from Canada is not the answer.

New Pharmacy School Gets ACPE's Attention 3/18/2009



North Dakota Pharmacy Ownership Law Upheld 3/18/2009



Proposed Bill to Stop Generic Drug Delays 3/18/2009



Teva and Lonza Partner on Biosimilars 3/18/2009



Walgreens to Cut 1,000 Corporate Jobs 3/18/2009



Gene Mutation Associated With Glioblastomas 2/20/2009



Biometric Access Control Installed at Leading U.S. Pharmacy Benefit Manager 2/20/2009



CytoCare Eliminates Human Handling of Hazardous IV Medications 2/20/2009



Pharmacy Technician Law Passed in Ohio 2/20/2009




More Transparency for Imported Drugs Sought by FDA 2/20/2009



A Warning About Warning Labels 2/20/2009

A recent study showed that there is a high level of misunderstanding of prescription drug warning labels among adults with low literacy levels.

The Invisible Pharmacist 1/26/2009

Pharmacists working in hospitals are largely unseen by patients, but they are no less important than community pharmacists in elevating the quality of health care.

Annual Index 2008 1/26/2009

A listing of articles published in 2008.


1984 in 2008 12/15/2008

It's been nearly 60 years since George Orwell wrote his prophetic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four , which coined the idiomatic term Big Brother as a euphemistic way of describing an invasion of our privacy.

Clinical Rotations: A First-Hand Experience 12/15/2008

W hen I was a freshman in college, those "clinical rotation things" seemed so far away.

FYI 12/15/2008

More Americans Seeking Medical Care Data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that on average, each American seeks medical care at a doctor's office or a hospital emergency department about four times a year, an increase of 26% over the decade from 1996 to 2006.

Domino’s Pizza and Pharmacy 12/15/2008

What could Domino's Pizza and pharmacy possibly have in common? Well, nothing I'm aware of, but Save Mart Supermarkets and Lucky stores in California have apparently ripped a page right out of Domino's marketing playbook by announcing one of the most thoughtless pharmacy marketing campaigns to reach my desk, the "19-Minute Promise.

Clinical News Digest 12/15/2008

Methadone Effective Against Leukemia In what may be a breakthrough study, Claudia Friesen and colleagues of the Institute of Legal Medicine at the University of Ulm in Germany said study data support the finding that methadone, a drug generally used by drug addicts as a substitute for heroin and other opioid drugs, appears to be a potent killer of resistant leukemia cells.

Opening New Doors 12/15/2008

"Grandpa, I don't want to eat the rice.

What SNPhA Means to Me 12/15/2008

Currently I am in my second year of pharmacy school at the University of Connecticut (UConn), and it has been an amazing experience in terms of what the school can do for you as a student and the various opportunities that are available, such as community projects and studying abroad.

What's News 12/15/2008

NACDS: Pharmacist Should Be Included in Any Health Care Reform Alexandria, VA -- The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) is urging Congress to have pharmacists play a key role in any health care reform that is being considered.

Safety Issues Are “Compounded” by Many Factors 12/15/2008

In unrelated cases that received widespread attention a few years ago, two college-aged women died after applying a pharmacy-compounded combination of lidocaine and tetracaine topical gel.

What's News 11/18/2008

Many Consumers Don't Like Therapeutic Substitution Washington, DC -- A survey conducted by the National Consumers League (NCL) uncovered that nearly three-quarters of prescription users would be very concerned if a drug prescribed for them were switched to another drug in the same therapeutic category--20% of the consumers surveyed said that even if their physician suggested a change they would not approve of it.

Domino’s Pizza and Pharmacy 11/18/2008

W hat could Domino's Pizza and pharmacy possibly have in common? Well, nothing I'm aware of, but Save Mart Supermarkets and Lucky stores in California have apparently ripped a page right out of Domino's marketing playbook by announcing one of the most thoughtless pharmacy marketing campaigns to reach my desk, the "19-Minute Promise.

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New Drug Review 2008 10/17/2008

New molecular entities (NMEs), as defined by the FDA, are new drug products containing, as their active ingredient, a chemical substance marketed for the first time in the United States.

What's News 10/17/2008

Longs to Walgreens: No Deal Walnut Creek, CA -- Longs Drug Stores Corp.

An Overview of Antioxidants 10/17/2008

An antioxidant, or a free-radical scavenger, is a molecule capable of decreasing or preventing the oxidation of other molecules.

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Review of Select NMEs 2008 10/17/2008

New molecular entities (NMEs), as defined by the FDA, are new drug products containing, as their active ingredient, a chemical substance marketed for the first time in the United States.

Retail to Residency: The Nontraditional Student Guide 10/17/2008

The profession of pharmacy is evolving into a new and exciting area of health care now that pharmacists are being prepared to become emerging leaders of medication therapy management.

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Frostbite 10/14/2008

Frostbite occurs when skin and the tissue underneath it literally freeze as a result of exposure to extreme cold.

To Err Is Human... 9/18/2008

When the great English poet Alexander Pope wrote, "To err is human, to forgive divine," I don't think he was referring to the legal sharks that feed off the errors made by health care professionals.

Americans Are Cutting Back on Health Care 8/19/2008

According to Marketing Technology Solutions, health care has joined the ranks of businesses that have been adversely affected financially by the weak economy and fears of a recession.

Alligator Blood May Be Source for New Powerful Antibiotics 7/18/2008

A group of Louisiana biochemists attending the 235th national meeting of the American Chemical Society reported that proteins in alligator blood may provide new antibiotics to fight infections caused by pathogens that are resistant to more conventional medication.

Will You Be Ready? 6/19/2008

It is amazing to me how many issues relating to retail pharmacy haven't changed all that much over the past two decades.

The Collection and Disposal of Waste Medications 6/19/2008

At some point, certain medications become unused and unwanted, whether due to expiration, noncompliance, change in therapy, or other reasons.

What's News 6/19/2008

Alexandria, VA -- A survey conducted by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) uncovered that the number of health system pharmacists playing a significant role in consulting with physicians on a wide range of drug protocols increased by 2% over the past six years.

Genetically Enhanced Grape Plants Show Antifungal Activity 5/20/2008

Researchers from Missouri State University and St. Louis-based Donald Danforth Plant Science Center found ways to genetically enhance grape plants that produce resistance to fungal diseases.

Ants Could Hold Key to Antibiotics Research 5/20/2008

Researchers at Princeton and Harvard Universities believe that the discovery of two key proteins guiding one of the two groups of pathogenic bacteria that make up an ant's outer shell could pave the way to the development of new antibiotics.

What's News 5/20/2008

Physicians Favor National Health Insurance Indianapolis, IN -- According to a survey of 2,200 physicians conducted by the Indiana University School of Medicine's Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research (CHPPR), more doctors than ever before favor national health insurance...

Making the Tough Decisions 5/20/2008

During my retail pharmacy career, nothing made my blood boil more than hearing a patient ask me, How hard is it to fill a prescription? All you have to do is pour pills from one bottle to another...

Chew Your Pounds Away? 5/20/2008

Investigators in Berlin, Germany, have found that chewing sugar-free gum often enough can lead to substantial unintended weight loss.

Why The Flu Virus Is More Prevalent in Colder Weather? 5/20/2008

Did you ever wonder why most people seem to come down with the flu during the winter months?

Pharmacy Drive-Through Windows a Source of Errors 4/18/2008

A study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University indicates that pharmacists who work at locations with drive-through windows believe the extra distractions associated with windows service contribute to processing delays, reduced efficiency and dispensing errors.

Sleep and Weight Linked in a Child's Development 4/18/2008

Research from the University of Auckland in New Zealand revealed a strong correlation between how long children sleep and how much they weigh

My Campaign Platform 4/18/2008

As the Presidential campaigns heat up, there has been much talk about fixing the U.

What’s News 4/18/2008

New York, NY -- An investigation by The Associated Press found an assortment of pharmaceutical drugs in the drinking water in 24 of the 62 metropolitan water systems included in its research.

Equal Recognition for All RPhs 3/20/2008

I was having a conversation with some friends the other day who are not pharmacists and the question came up as to why some pharmacists use RPh after their name and others use PharmD ; why some use the more esoteric PD or DPh , and still others use a combination of all of the above.

Textbook Injuries Common among College Students 3/20/2008

Studying hard may not damage your brain, but it could do serious damage to your back, neck, and eyes.

Temperature Measurement for Patients with Fever 3/20/2008

Temperature is one of the standard vital signs taken to help monitor a patient's well being.

Genetics Contribute Small Portion to Longevity 3/20/2008

When many centenarians are asked about the secret to their longevity, a common answer is "good genes."

What's News 3/20/2008

A report by pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, revealed that more U.S. adults are taking prescription drugs than ever before, which accounted for $12 billion in additional spending during 2006 alone.

What's News 2/20/2008

OIG Report: Pharmacists' Profits on Medicare Part D Razor Thin Alexandria, VA -- A report released by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services should come as little surprise to thousands of retail pharmacy entrepreneurs.

What's News 1/24/2008

Injunction Puts the Brakes on CMS Medicaid Reimbursement Cuts Alexandria, VA -- A judge for the U.

Understanding Motion Sickness 1/24/2008

Pharmacists field questions about such self-care topics as motion sickness on a daily basis.

Brain Hormone May Be Key to Hunger Signals 1/23/2008

Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, believe a hormone that activates brain circuits that generate hunger signals could be the reason people become obese.

The Dawn of a New Age 1/23/2008

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average life expectancy for Americans is 78 years.

The Power of One 12/20/2007

Whatever winter holiday you celebrate, it's that time of year again when we all become kids for a few weeks.

What's News 12/20/2007

Lawsuit Filed to Block Medicaid Drug Cuts Alexandria, VA -- The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) filed a motion requesting expedited review of a lawsuit it filed that challenges Medicaid reimbursement reductions imposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), scheduled to be implemented in January 2008.

Obesity Not a Greater Risk Factor for ICU Patients 12/20/2007

A meta-analysis of obese intensive care unit (ICU) patients revealed that obese patients are no more likely to die than other patients while in the ICU; however, they are more likely to stay longer in the ICU and need mechanical ventilation for longer periods than other patients.

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Sports-Related Knee Injuries 12/14/2007

The knees joints allow movement of the body while supporting the legs, allowing the ability to stand, bend, turn, and walk.


Fast-Food Junkies Apt to Gain More Weight 11/19/2007

In the "no big surprise" category of clinical studies comes a result that was presented at a recent meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity.

Sleeping May Be Hazardous to Your Health 11/19/2007

Whether you really like to sleep or you are an insomniac, you may be flirting with a greater chance of dying.

Sneakers Not Making a Run for the Money 11/19/2007

Research published in the online journal British Journal of Sports Medicine revealed that expensive running shoes are probably not worth their weighty price tag.

Wall Clock Doesn't Sync Well With Body's Clock 11/19/2007

For many people, changing from standard time to daylight savings time may be a welcome yearly event.

What’s News 11/19/2007

"Behind-the-Counter" Drug Category Considered by FDA Rockville, MD -- The FDA is considering an official new category of prescription drugs that could be dispensed without a prescription after consulting with a pharmacist.

The Blame Game 11/19/2007

Did you happen to catch a news story that came out last month about a retired Indiana pharmacist who was arrested for working without a current license for the past 17 years? It turns out that Indiana issued him a license in 1981, but the license expired in June 1990.

Mood Disorders Among Men and Women 11/19/2007

In the United States, one in four Americans either suffered from a mood disorder in his or her lifetime or currently suffers from one.

iPod Use During Thunderstorms May Pose Danger 10/18/2007

The odds of getting hit by lightning under normal conditions during a thunderstorm are very low.

Investigational Drugs for Rare Diseases 10/18/2007

The FDA's drug approval process calls for all new drugs to show evidence of safety and efficacy through three distinct phases of clinical trials prior to marketing.

An Editor's e-Mailbag 10/18/2007

I think most Editors-in-Chief of any magazine will readily admit that one of the absolute joys of their job is receiving letters from their readers.

What's News 10/18/2007

Pharmacy Execs Visit Capitol Hill to Discuss Medicaid Access Issues Washington -- In a major collaborative effort, more than 70 pharmacy executives and industry representatives visited members of Congress to address issues that could likely affect the access to health care by Medicaid recipients.

Fee Cuts Raise Physicians' Ire 9/19/2007

Pharmacists' professional brethren will finally feel what has been happening to them over the years.

Flying Is Too Much Pressure 9/19/2007

A recent study of volunteers in a hypobaric chamber simulating altitudes of 650 to 8,000 feet revealed that some passengers flying long distances inside a commercial airliner at typical cabin pressures might experience discomfort that is similar to a case of mountain or altitude sickness.

Surveying for the Truth 9/19/2007

It seems like a day doesn't go by that I am not being asked to fill out one survey or another.

What's News 9/19/2007

NCPA: CMS Downplaying Effect of New Medicaid Reimbursement Rule Alexandria, Va.

What's News 8/20/2007

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) expressed outrage in reaction to CMS' final rule to reduce Medicaid reimbursements, particularly Medicaid's pharmacy reimbursement formula for generic prescription drugs.

It's Not Really a Guy Thing 8/20/2007

What makes men think they are invincible when it comes to getting sick? That's one of those age-old questions that's right up there with why men don't ask for directions.

What's News 7/13/2007

New Jersey Bill Requires Pharmacists to Fill Rxs Trenton, NJ -- A bill that amends the New Jersey Pharmacy Practice Act prohibits pharmacists in the state from refusing to dispense or refill "a prescription or medication order solely on the grounds that the dispensing or refill of the prescription or medication order would contravene the pharmacist's philosophical, moral or religious beliefs.

FYI 7/13/2007

Diabetes Reduces Life Expectancy It is a well-know fact that diabetes can lead to serious health issues, including heart disease, the most common malady.

Is DTC Advertising Working? 7/13/2007

I don't watch a lot of television, but it seems an evening doesn't go by that I am not exposed to a direct-to-consumer (DTC) ad for a prescription medication.

What's News 6/19/2007

GSK Defends Its Record on Avandia Washington -- Responding to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that highlights cardiovascular problems linked to GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) diabetes drug Avandia, Senators Max Baucus (D-MT), Chairman of the Committee on Finance, and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ranking member of the committee, sent letters to FDA Commissioner Andrew C.

FYI 6/19/2007

In-Store Clinics: Filling a Need

It's Time for Action, Not Talk 6/19/2007

As I write this column, I have recently returned from the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS).

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Hip Fractures 6/14/2007

Hip fractures are typical in the aging population. Although the majority of patients who break a hip eventually recover most of their ability to function, a broken hip in an older patient can mean a permanent loss of independence.

Pharmacy Technicians Are Valued Resources 5/18/2007

Let's face it: There isn't a pharmacist in practice that wants to make an error.

FYI 5/18/2007

Female Stem Cells Work Better It appears that women have the upper hand when it comes to stem cells.

What's News 5/18/2007

FDA Advisory Board Rejects Arthritis Drug Approval Gaithersburg, MD -- The FDA's Arthritis Drugs Advisory Committee voted overwhelmingly to reject approval of Merck's COX-2 inhibitor Arcoxia (etoricoxib).

What's News 4/17/2007

Pharmacist Compounding Under Scrutiny by Congress Alexandria, VA -- According to the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), if Congress has its way, patients who need potentially life-saving medications that need to be compounded by their community pharmacists may be facing a severe medical crisis.

AMP Is a Joke but Nobody’s Laughing 4/17/2007

Two decades ago I used the same headline as this editorial, but instead of average manufacturer price (AMP), it was average wholesale price (AWP).

FYI 3/21/2007

Black Tea More Beneficial Without Milk Black tea has been cited in many research studies to have positive cardiovascular qualities due to its antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and vasodilatory effects.

Review of Select NMEs 3/21/2007

New molecular entities (NMEs), as defined by the FDA, are new drug products that have as their active ingredient a chemical substance marketed for the first time in the United States.

Academic Pharmacy as a Career Option 3/8/2007

As a fourth-year pharmacy student at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, I have been trying to decide where to begin my career.

A New Face in Pharmacy 3/8/2007

It seems at least a quarter of the prescription consults I give as a pharmacy intern end with patients inquiring about the College of Pharmacy at Touro University-California.

Performing Background Checks on Pharmacy Employees 3/8/2007

In the past, hiring employees was based on an application and a "gut feeling" on the part of the employer.

What's News 2/20/2007

Medicaid Cuts May Be Death Knell for Many Community Pharmacies Alexandria, Va.

Whatever Happened to Customer Service? 2/20/2007

It seems a day doesn't go by that I don't ask myself "Whatever happened to customer service?" During the winter holidays when telephone, Internet, and store traffic was at an all-time high, a drop-off in customer service may be unacceptable, but it is understandable.

A Mixed Bag of News 1/23/2007

Over the past several weeks, pharmacists received a mixed bag of news.

What's News 1/23/2007

Express Scripts Looks to Acquire Caremark Rx St.

FYI 1/23/2007

Almonds May Protect Against Heart Disease and Diabetes Risk According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition , eating almonds may play a role in avoiding blood sugar spikes after consumption of a carbohydrate-rich meal of foods that raise blood sugar levels.

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Plantar Fasciitis 1/2/2007

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain that is more severe in the morning but becomes less painful as the day continues. This condition occurs due to tiny tears in the plantar fascia—the piece of fibrous tissue connecting the heel to the base of the foot.

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