Continuing Pharmacy Education
Expanding vaccination rates through pharmacist-initiated patient identification and assessmentThe goal of this activity is to educate pharmacists and pharmacy technicians about current vaccine recommendations so that they can identify adolescent and adult patients who may need vaccinations. Readers will also gain knowledge about where to obtain information about current vaccine recommendations.
In this issue
Solutions to the ongoing opioid epidemic take shape"Naloxone should be the fire extinguisher in the home of everyone who is at risk."
How to find satisfaction and reward in your pharmacy careerThere are so many opportunities for pharmacists out there. Technology can help uncover them, and we can follow them to a fulfilling career. Medicare drug costs should parallel those of MedicaidMedicare should have the same authority that Medicaid has to negotiate drug prices directly with manufacturers. If the government can do it for one program, it can do it for another. Quit stigmatizing naloxoneEpinephrine saves lives. So does naloxone. Why are they regarded differently? Pharmacists should get training in naloxone use nowPharmacists are the most accessible healthcare resource. Once trained in naloxone use, we can train our patients in all aspects of opioid use. This will make a difference. Pharmacy’s Catch-22: Save a life — or save your livelihood?When a snap decision is called for, “What is our corporate loss-prevention policy?” can compete in an employee’s brain with “What is the best thing for the patient?”
Issues & Trends
Pharmacists seek fairness in generics reimbursement May 31, 2016By Christine BlankPBMs have dodged state-mandated requirements for transparency in generics drug pricing, so many states are rewriting their laws. Can this student with cerebral palsy thrive in pharmacy school?Last month, Kelli Sem was granted conditional acceptance into the pharmacy school at North Dakota State University (NDSU). Her acceptance has gained widespread attention because Sem, 23, has cerebral palsy, uses a motorized wheelchair, and most-likely will need an assistant to act as her hands to meet certain laboratory requirements. Pharmacists sentenced in tainted-drugs caseNine patients at Birmingham-area hospitals developed bloodstream infections and died after receiving TPN compounded by Meds IV. How one pharmacy survived the Baltimore riots June 28, 2016By Christine BlankPharmacist Maisha McCoy will never forget those tense days in late April 2015, when rioting and looting were widespread throughout Baltimore. Campaign targets illegal online pharmaciesA new campaign is warning seniors about the risk of buying drugs from illegal online pharmacies. Synchronized meds boost patient adherence, pharmacy efficiency July 10, 2016By Christine BlankWith the industry changing from a pill-centered model to a patient-centered model, med sync becomes more important than ever. Opioid use for chronic pain: The debate goes onA champion of pain patients and a proponent of limited opioid access talk about the issues in a genial debate. Pharmacists take aim at med errors during care transitionsHealthcare has changed, and the emphasis on transitions of care has grown as inpatient and outpatient services are linking up. Explore three pathways to fast-growing pharmacy niche July 10, 2016By Jill SederstromThere are more ways than one to run a specialty pharmacy — and success can be found with any of them. Naloxone: Liability, regulatory concerns for pharmacistsThe rules vary from state to state. Pharmacists need to stay informed.
ASPs vs. microbial resistance: Pharmacists lead the chargeThe Pew Charitable Trusts took a look at antibiotic stewardship programs in 10 U.S. health systems. Here's the result.
FDA approves trifluridine/tipiracil for colorectal cancerLonsurf is a new, orally administered cytotoxic drug for the treatment of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.
Product Updates for Pharmacists