January 29, 2014
  • States Seek to Have Pharmacists Dispense
    Medical Marijuana

    Why shouldn’t marijuana used for medical purposes meet the same standards of other drugs dispensed in pharmacies? That was the question asked by the sponsor of a new Michigan law that would create a pharmaceutical-grade product that would only be dispensed under a Board of Pharmacy license. Find out what other states are proposing.

  • Pharmacists Remain Among Highest Regarded Professions for Ethics, Honesty

    Pharmacists continue to be one of the most trusted professionals in the United States. Only nurses ranked higher in a recent Gallup Poll, which asked Americans to rate professionals on honesty and ethical standards. What percentage of respondents ranked pharmacists either “high” or “very high” for ethics and honesty?

  • OTC Liquid Medications Generally Follow Voluntary Recommendations to Reduce Dosing Errors

    Pharmacists should have a greater comfort level suggesting OTC products for ill children. In 2011, the FDA finalized voluntary recommendations to reduce dosing errors with pediatric OTC liquid medications. Three years later, that guidance generally is being followed, according to CDC researchers who urge that more can be done. What other measures do the authors propose to improve safety?

  • Optimal MPR Benefits Cardiovascular Patients Far More Than Just Falling Short of Adherence

    Is medication adherence an all or nothing proposition? Not exactly, but a new study shows far greater benefit for cardiovascular patients with optimal medication possession ratio (MPR) of 80% compared to those who fell just short (60% to 79%). Here are the details of the study, which put assumptions about optimal MPRs to the test.


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