Continuing Pharmacy Education
Keep your patient moving: An overview of treatment options for constipationThe role of new agents such as linaclotide, lubiprostone, methylnaltrexone, and naloxegol in treating chronic idiopathic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome with constipation, and opioid-induced constipation.
In this issue
Connected: Telepharmacy unites the teamNow, that pharmacist on the other side of the country is only a mouse-click away.
Four people, a dozen pharmacy careersWho says the options are limited? Not this family. 'I love my job,' says UCSF expert in HIV/AIDS, HCVBetty J. Dong, clinician, researcher, professor, and recipient of many honors, talks about her practice of pharmacy and public health. The antisubstitution controversy: Going strong in '72Nowadays, we think of generics as economical options. Not so long ago, plenty of folks thought of them as sacrilege.
How pharmacists can find jobs, get paid, and win provider status April 06, 2016By Ronald G. CameronIf nothing changes between now and 2018, we may see a 25% oversupply of pharmacists in the marketplace. Then again, we may not. What happens between now and then is, in large measure, up to us. The future of pharmacy is finally hereThat would be MTM. And it's calling. And holding. And holding. And holding ... The biosimilar balance: More options, lower costsThe fly in the ointment: CMS' current plan for HCPCS codes is a real buzz kill.
Issues & Trends
How one pharmacy school fights heroin overdoses April 01, 2016By Christine BlankPharmacists and pharmacy students will play a major role in the new Pennsylvania Heroin Overdose Prevention Technical Assistance Center at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Bill authorizing Medi-Cal payments for MTM introducedA bill that would authorize California’s Medi-Cal program to reimburse pharmacists for medication therapy management has been introduced in the State Legislature. Vision, purpose, and passion drive leaders in pharmacyOne other thing that really good leaders have: Really good managers. NACDS Foundation announces awardsEight institutions recognized for their achievements at 2016 annual meeting. Pharmacist pens story for childrenA spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down — and this children's book should too. Connected therapy management takes MTM digitalThe universal connectivity of everything in healthcare — “the internet of medical things” — is here What pharmacists should know about the Zika virusCases have been identified in the U.S. Now summer is coming, and this virus is most commonly transmitted by mosquitoes, so it is expected to spread more widely. New patient-care opportunities begin with a "blueprint"Pharmacists who want to move forward in their professional practice need structure and guidelines. These might fill the bill. Walgreens, Qualcomm, United Healthcare partner through data exchangeEveryone profits, including patients, who get paid almost $1,500 in HSA credits for their data — if they do as they are told. Pharmacy techs: Many skills, varying responsibilitiesPharmacy technicians can do much more than just stock shelves and manage inventory. And the possibilities increase by the day. FDA no longer supports use of niacin, fenofibric acid with statinsFDA has withdrawn its approval for niacin and fenofibric acid use with statins to treat high cholesterol. Pharmacist entrepreneur offers wellness screening to pharmaciesWellspring provides the questionnaires and the physicians, who evaluate the information. Pharmacies make nutritional suggestions when appropriate, and patients get more attention. The idea is, everybody benefits. NACDS, NCPA support passage of drug-abuse billThe law aims to reduce prescription drug abuse while ensuring access for patients who need Rx painkillers to control their chronic pain.
Chains & Business
PBMs, wholesalers, and contracts 101 May 10, 2016By Gary EllisIndependent pharmacists can benefit from negotiating their own contracts, but they've gotta keep their eye on the ball. Here are a few tips.
COPD and pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation at the VA: StudyUse of tobacco-cessation therapy was low. The study found several negative factors — and two positive predictors. Umeclidinium triple therapy for patients with COPD: Two studiesBoth studies demonstrated statistical improvements in trough FEV1 at day 85. New discoveries, treatments help cancer patients live longer, fuller livesExperts say that value-based medicine is a main theme in cancer care today, and that applies to more than the cost of care. Shorter hospital stays and reduced costs possible with IV acetaminophen May 10, 2016By Christine BlankA new study has found that use of acetaminophen injection and reduced use of opioids to treat acute surgical pain can save a medium-sized hospital an estimated $4.7 million annually. FDA approves PAH treatmentSelexipag is a first-in-class oral treatment option to reduce progression and hospitalization for pulmonary arterial hypertension. Fall-related ICH incidence in elderly on warfarinA study of nearly 32,000 aging veterans revealed the unsuspected vulnerability of this population.
Regulatory & Legal
Forthcoming HIPAA audits likely to target pharmaciesPhase 2 of OCR's HIPAA audit program kicked off in March. Pharmacies, among a host of other healthcare providers, health plans, clearinghouses, and business associates, are subject to possible audit.
Product Updates for Pharmacists
Product updates for pharmacists: 05-10-2016New Rx, formulation, biosimilar, indication, generics, OTC, and device/app. When those tootsies need some TLC, help is at handPlenty of options on the pharmacy shelves to keep those dogs from barking.