Your New Role in the Battle Against Depression March 15, 2017By Jill SederstromA shortage of mental health-care providers, coupled with pharmacists’ unique skills and access to patients, has led to a significant opportunity for community and health-system pharmacists to aid in detection of depression and in medication selection and counseling for patients with depression.
In this issue
Pharmacists Pushing for DIR Relief March 15, 2017By Christine BlankCommunity pharmacists fight against financial pressure for their survival. Cardiac MattersCangrealor is the first FDA-approved P2Y12 inhibitor. Walgreens Program Creates Cancer-Specialized Locations March 15, 2017By Christine BlankHow Walgreens is helping pharmacists be more involved than ever in helping cancer patients. More States Mandate Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs March 15, 2017By Aubrey WestgateA look at PDMPs in PA—what they are doing and how they are helping patients. Sugammadex: The First Selective Relaxant Binding AgentSugammadex reverses vecuronium and rocuronium, two drugs used to facilitate endotracheal intubation in surgery. Pharmacogenetics in the Community PharmacyPharmacists can now take a sample of a patient’s DNA in the pharmacy and send it to a pharmacogenetic testing lab. The resulting report allows them to counsel and educate the patient on medication issues and help the prescriber choose the best drugs. Legislation Benefits Patients in Medically Underserved CommunitiesPharmacists could become providers helping serve patients with limited healthcare access. Business Group Makes Price Recommendations for Specialty Drugs March 16, 2017By Nicholas HammThe high cost of specialty drugs demands a change in Washington, according to a report. How to Improve DUR Alerts March 16, 2017By Anthony VecchioneA look at DUR alerts—why they started, where they are now, and where they need to go. DIRs: PBMs Pay Less Each Year While Prices Go Up March 16, 2017By David Stanley RPhPBMs have a business model where they pay less even while prices go up. Drug Topics Welcomes New Editorial Board Members March 20, 2017By Anthony VecchioneNew board members are helping to keep our publication great. Can Your Pharmacy Cure All This? March 20, 2017By Susan KweskinOn a recent trip to Laos, one of our editors discovered a mobile pharmacy peddling herbal medications for everything from chickenpox to lung cancer.