December 2016

Features

A Review of Diabetic Gastroparesis for the Community Pharmacist

Management involves blood glucose control, nutritional support, and prokinetic and antiemetic use.

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

Marijuana, or cannabis, is commonly thought to be a benign substance without adverse effects; however, cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome is a sequela of chronic cannabis use.

Drug-Induced Liver Injury: An Overview

Drug-induced liver injury is an uncommon, but potentially fatal, cause of liver disease that is associated with prescription medications, OTC drugs, and herbal and dietary supplements.

Implications of Bariatric Surgery on Absorption of Nutrients and Medications

Malabsorption of medications caused by surgical GI-tract changes is a potential problem.

Patient Teaching Aid: Heartburn

Occasional heartburn is usually self-treated with nonprescription antacids or OTC acid blockers.

Principles of Pancreatic Cancer Management

Patients continue to have complications of pain, pancreatic insufficiency, and blood clots that pharmacists can help mitigate.

Standards of Care for GERD

Lifestyle modifications and acid suppressants remain first-line treatment options for symptom relief.

Pharmacologic Management of HIV-Associated Wasting Syndrome

Various pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic approaches can be used for wasting syndrome, but specific regimens must be based on each individual’s underlying pathophysiology.

Cancer and AIDS News

Contemporary Compounding

Famotidine 8 mg/mL Oral Liquid

This formulation may be used to treat heartburn in patients who cannot swallow tablets or take the commercial product.

Editorial

Pathway to Provider Status

Medication adherence is the foundation of cost-effective healthcare.

Pharmacy Focus

Acetaminophen Intoxication: A Critical-Care Emergency

This toxicity is the most common cause of acute liver failure and the second most common cause of liver failure requiring transplantation.

Pharmacy Law

Legal Aspects of Biosimilars

The recent introduction of biosimilars into the U.S. market creates the need for an understanding of FDA and state regulations.

Senior Care

PPIs: Considerations and Resources for Deprescribing in Older Adults

Among the most frequently prescribed medications, PPIs are associated with an increased risk of fracture, Clostridium difficile infection, community-acquired pneumonia, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

TechRx

Getting in Sync With Rx Refills

One research study showed that patients participating in med sync programs are over 2.5 times more likely to adhere to their medications.

TrendWatch

Ambulatory Care Services for Digestive Diseases

Patients with symptoms of digestive diseases who visited ambulatory care settings were diagnosed and treated most often for gastroesophageal reflux.

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