Consider a New Approach to Improve Medical Adherence

Posted by Pharmacist on November 26, 2012
Consider a New Approach to Improve Medical Adherence

In 2008 Medco Health Solutions Inc. reported that 51% of insured Americans took at least one medication for a chronic health condition, but as many as 50% of those same people weren’t taking their medications as prescribed, according to a recent American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHAP) article. That same article notes a 2009 report […]

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Pharmaceutical Community Rallies to Provide Disaster Relief

Posted by Pharmacist on November 20, 2012
Pharmaceutical Community Rallies to Provide Disaster Relief

As emergency workers and volunteers assist residents recover from Superstorm Sandy, many in the pharmaceutical industry are by their side to help relief efforts. In addition to the countless pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who have scrambled to restore order after the superstorm took out power and damaged or destroyed hospitals and storefronts, corporations are also […]

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Vigilance and Training are a Must for Compounding Pharmacies

Posted by Pharmacist on November 12, 2012
Vigilance and Training are a Must for Compounding Pharmacies

  The recent meningitis outbreak has brought attention to compounding pharmacies and the way they produce their products. The outbreak is an unfortunate reminder that in the pharmaceutical industry there is no room for error or relaxed standards.   All pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have a responsibility to their patients to maintain the highest standards […]

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First Aid Kits are a Must for Families

Posted by Pharmacist on October 29, 2012
First Aid Kits are a Must for Families

According to the American Red Cross, being ready for an emergency means you have the right tools and supplies on hand in the event you need them. You should have well-stocked and readily accessible first aid kits in your home, vehicle and workplace. While you can purchase ready-made kits in most drugstores you may need […]

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Don’t Want the Flu this Year? Get a Flu Shot!

Posted by Pharmacist on October 21, 2012
Don’t Want the Flu this Year? Get a Flu Shot!

In a July 2012 press release The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated “the single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.” The CDC reports between the years of 1976 and 2007 as many as 49,000 people have died over the course of one flu season, which […]

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Improved Safety Practices Can Help Reduce Adverse Drug Reactions

Posted by Pharmacist on September 17, 2011
Improved Safety Practices Can Help Reduce Adverse Drug Reactions

The International Pharmaceutical Federation 71st Annual Congress held in September 2011 featured a report from Katja Hakkarainen, MSc Pharm, PhD candidate, from the Nordic School of Public Health in Gothenburg, Sweden that finds approximately half of all adverse drug reactions (ADRs) can be prevented. This includes ADRs that happen in and outside hospitals. When a […]

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New Genetics Based Melanoma Therapy

Posted by Pharmacist on August 30, 2011
New Genetics Based Melanoma Therapy

Zelboraf Approved for Late-State Melanoma Patients with Mutation V600E According to Roche Diagnostics, nearly half of all patients with late-stage melanoma have a mutation in BRAF. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists notes on its website that U.K. researchers found 80% of the BRAF mutations in malignant melanomas were caused by Mutation V600E. This is […]

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New Drinkable Diabetes Medication Also Helps Lower Bad Cholesterol

Posted by Pharmacist on August 20, 2011
New Drinkable Diabetes Medication Also Helps Lower Bad Cholesterol

More than 25 million Americans have diabetes, the Associated Press reports. The disease can cause risky fluctuations in blood sugar because it interferes with carbohydrate metabolization. People with type 1 diabetes require insulin because their bodies do not produce insulin, while people with type 2 diabetes do not use effectively use insulin. In addition to […]

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An End to Chickenpox?

Posted by Pharmacist on July 12, 2011
An End to Chickenpox?

Two-Dose Varicella Vaccine May Help Eradicate Chickenpox The February 2011 issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases published a study that found two doses of the varicella vaccine prevented chickenpox 98.3 percent of the time, compared to just 86 percent of the time in those who received only one dose. One dose has been the […]

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OTC Risks & Children

Posted by Pharmacist on July 09, 2011
OTC Risks & Children

Despite Warnings, Doctors Are Still Not Consistent About OTC Risks for Children In 2008, the FDA released a formal recommendation advising against using of over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicine to treat children under the age of two. This recommendation was released for two reasons: lack of actual clinical benefit and serious health risks to […]

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