U.S. Pharmacist Community Connection
July 2018

Does Tuberculosis Vaccine Reverse Diabetes?

If you suddenly have patients asking for a tuberculosis vaccine, don't worry too much about an epidemic of the lung infection (shown in illustration at right). Another epidemic is driving the interest—an explosion in the number of people with diabetes. Recent research suggests that the Bacillus Calmette-GuĂ©rin vaccine significantly reduces blood glucose levels in type 1 diabetes without increasing the risk of hypoglycemia. New understanding of how the vaccine lowers blood sugar indicates that the it may help patients with type 2 diabetes attain near-normal HbA1c levels over the long term as well. Read more.

Furry and Feathered Patients Boost the Bottom Line

Americans love their pets and spend more than $70 billion each year showing their commitment to their companion animals. Pharmacists can compete for the sizable chunk of that cash that pet owners spend on supplies and over-the-counter medications. They can also help their customers who own pets and community veterinarians by offering compounding services and drugs vets do not typically stock. Getting into the veterinary medicine business requires education, community outreach and a passion for animals, but it can be very rewarding. Read more.

Five Key Tips to Improve Inventory Management

The medication on the shelves and packages in the aisles of your pharmacy represent serious money. Improving turnover and minimizing excess inventory can free up significant cash for pharmacy operation, but running short of popular items leads to lost sales. Read on for five tips to strike the right balance for your pharmacy.


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