Pharmacy

Helping patients save at the pharmacy

Helping patients save at the pharmacy

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Clinicians can help patients by providing information on pharmacies that offer discounts, coupons, and affordable prescriptions.

Assessing third-line treatment options for type 2 diabetes

Assessing third-line treatment options for type 2 diabetes

Add-on thiazolidinedione decreased HbA1c significantly better than add-on glimepiride among patients inadequately controlled on metformin + exenatide, but there were significant increases in BMI and systolic blood pressure.

Keeping an accurate 
medication list is critical 
to a patient's care


Keeping an accurate 
medication list is critical 
to a patient's care


Educating patients can help them see the importance of having an accurate medication list.

Nurse practitioner faces non-compete battle with former employer

Nurse practitioner faces non-compete battle with former employer

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Only two states, New Jersey and Massachusetts, have ruled on patients' rights in a non-compete situation thus far.

Human breast milk effective infant atopic dermatitis treatment

Human breast milk effective infant atopic dermatitis treatment

Human breast milk can improve infant atopic eczema with the same results as 1% hydrocortisone ointment, according to researchers.

Prescription costs forcing some patients to skimp on treatment

Prescription costs forcing some patients to skimp on treatment

Although patients skimped on prescription drugs because of financial concerns at every age, patients aged 64 years or younger were more likely to do so.

More oversight needed for compounded drugs, says OIG

More oversight needed for compounded drugs, says OIG

The report suggests CMS consider requiring more than 50 practices for accreditors to use to oversee compounded sterile preparations (CSPs).

Provider/pharmacist collaboration reduces flu visits

Provider/pharmacist collaboration reduces flu visits

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A key element of the collaborative practice agreement is communication.

Dementia patients often prescribed questionable medications

Dementia patients often prescribed questionable medications

Many nursing home residents incur substantial costs associated with questionable medication prescriptions.

Nitroglycerin shortage hits EDs

Nitroglycerin shortage hits EDs

Baxter and the FDA taking action to ease shortage of first line therapy for heart attack patients.

NDA filed for once-daily HCV combo tablet

NDA filed for once-daily HCV combo tablet

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The FDA is reviewing a once-daily fixed-dose ledipasvir/sofosbuvir combo pill to treat chronic hepatitis C genotype 1 infections in adults.

Controlled substance access often delayed

Controlled substance access often delayed

Most pharmacists report three or more delays in past 18 months, usually lasting at least one week.

Law regulating compounding pharmacies falls short

Law regulating compounding pharmacies falls short

The Drug Quality and Security Act of 2013 is a step in the right direction, but leaves several gaps that need to be addressed.

FDA begins regulating compounding pharmacies

FDA begins regulating compounding pharmacies

New process designed to make specialty drugs safer for patients.

Pediatric drug info still lacking

Pediatric drug info still lacking

Less than half of the drugs listed in the 2009 Physicians' Desk Reference had pediatric information.

Be vigilant for polypharmacy in cancer patients

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An estimated 70% of all U.S. cancer cases diagnosed in 2030 will be among older adults, and the risk of adverse drug reactions and interactions will undoubtedly rise as more elderly patients are prescribed multiple medications.

Prescribing diabetes medications

Prescribing diabetes medications

Before prescribing medications to control diabetes, clinicians should consider potential adverse events and drug interactions.

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