Contributing Editor Christine Blank is a freelance writer based in Florida.
Study Shows Comparative Risks for DOACs
Small Doses: News for Pharmacists in April
Easy-to-swallow bits of news and studies for the busy pharmacist.
CMS Proposes Part D Opioid Limits, Pharmacy Reacts
Pharmacy groups are praising new Medicare Part D opioid limits.
Small Doses: 6 Stories You Need to Know in January
Easy-to-swallow bits of information from around the world of pharmacy.
New DIR Proposal Supported by Chains, Pharmacy Organizations
CMS is considering big changes to DIR fees and pharmacists are excited.
FDA: Opioid Cold Meds Not Safe for Kids
The agency’s ruling also added an additional Boxed Warning.
Protein Shows Promise for Anticoagulation in Chronic Kidney Disease
A protein called STUB1 may help prevent blood clots in patients with chronic kidney disease without causing bleeding complications.
Pharmacists Must Weigh DOACs’ Benefits Versus Risks
Direct oral anticoagulants have expanded treatment options for patients with venous thromboembolisms, but they are not for everyone.
Thrifty White Program Improves Medication Adherence in Diabetes
A Midwest pharmacy chain is creating an adherence program to help its patients with diabetes.
Collaborative Diabetes Model Saves Health Costs
How a diabetes clinic that includes a collaboration between an endocrinologist and a pharmacist can produce thousands of dollars in health-care savings.
CVS Diabetes Management Program Aims to Slash Costs
Here's how this pharmacy chain is helping patients with diabetes better manage their disease.
Five Innovative New Products for Diabetes
Here's a quick overview of new drugs, a novel device that can replace fingersticks, and an “artificial pancreas” meant to make life easier for patients with diabetes.
Study finds hike in pneumonia for COPD patients receiving corticosteroids
Comorbid CVD is an independent risk factor for CAP in patients with COPD. And inhaled steroids may increase CAP risk.
New COPD guidelines tout bronchodilators and antibiotics
Use inhaled corticosteroids sparingly and only in these circumstances in patients with COPD. Details here.
HIV vaccine could be nail in coffin for disease
A clinical study, recently begun in South Africa, is testing whether an experimental vaccine regimen safely prevents HIV infection.
Human trials of Zika vaccine underway
The Army has made significant progress on the Zika vaccine in just 10 months. Details here.
How Pharmacies are Helping Patients with Diabetes
When pharmacists get involved in patient care, significant improvements are often seen. Diabetes management is one of the most notable examples.
Eligible infants not getting rotavirus vaccine
Researchers found that estimated coverage for RV at 19 to 35 months of age lags behind the other vaccines recommended at ages two, four, and six.
How community pharmacies are affecting flu vaccine rates
The U.S. rate for adult flu vaccinations has not increased significantly because of retail pharmacy access.
Is the U.S. making progress on a Zika vaccine?
Already, HHS has awarded around $433 million for Zika response and preparedness activities. In addition, the new Senate and House budget, passed in late September, contained $1.1 billion in Zika funding.
Pharmacists’ role in administering vaccinations on the increase
The number of pharmacists providing vaccinations – both in the U.S. and around the world – is growing significantly.
Top vaccination errors-and how to avoid them
Improper dosing in IV bags led to diluted chemotherapy solutions
Improper dosing of chemotherapy in IV bags recently caused a problem among a group of patients in Canada, so the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is cautioning healthcare practitioners about chemotherapy dosing.
U.S. healthcare needs team-approach, patient focus
The U.S. healthcare system, broken even before the Affordable Care Act, needs a team-based care approach that’s more focused on patients, as well as an increased political effort to advance healthcare, according to researchers speaking at a JAMA media briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on November 12.
Two organizations offer key strategies for T2DM management
Use of both AACE and ADA/EASD guidelines can benefit physicians, pharmacists, and other healthcare practitioners.
New diabetes products launch: Walmart introduces ReliOn brand
Walmart has launched its own ReliOn brand diabetes products.
Prescription drug pilfering in the home prevented by two new products
Despite growing consumer education, children and teenagers are increasingly abusing prescription drugs. Two manufacturers have recently launched products designed to keep Rx drugs secure in the home.
Mandatory mail order can hinder medication adherence
Mandatory mail-order programs are hampering medication adherence, said Marie Smith, PharmD, during a recent roundtable on medication adherence.
ACA means ups, downs for various stakeholders in the generics game
That the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act bodes well for the generic drug market, which is already growing by leaps and bounds annually. Industry consultants expect ACA implementation to notably benefit retail pharmacists, PBMs, and drug wholesalers.
Drug shortage crisis highlights importance of teamwork
As the drug-shortage crisis continues, pharmacists look for ways to stem the tide. In health systems, the most powerful solution results from collaboration across departments.
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