July 3, 2012
  • BP Medication Appeared to Be Culprit in
    Celiac-Like Symptoms

    It looked like celiac disease, it walked like celiac disease, it might have even quacked like celiac disease, but blood tests said it wasn't. You might be surprised by what a Mayo Clinic physician discovered when he took patients with celiac symptoms off of a drug commonly used to treat hypertension. Read more…

  • Statins Discontinued Because of Side Effects;
    Prescribers Often Not Consulted

    Because of side effects and other issues, medication adherence remains a problem in high cholesterol treatment. An alarmingly high number of patients discontinue their statins without even consulting the prescriber. That information is included in a new survey that also has some intriguing information on how patients view the role of their pharmacist. Read more…

  • Pilot Programs Could Result in More Real-Time
    Access to Prescribing Histories

    What good is information about a patient's controlled substance prescribing history if it could take days or even weeks to get it? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shares those concerns and is piloting projects that allow pharmacists and other providers real-time access to that information. Here's what's being tested. Read more…

  • Pharmacist Counseling Increases Compliance With Diabetes Injectable Regimen

    Regular use of an injectable medication can initially be daunting for diabetes patients, which can affect compliance. According to a new study, however, a little handholding by pharmacists can make all the difference. Here's information on the significant outcomes of just two counseling sessions. Read more…

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