Continuing Pharmacy Education
The role of the community pharmacy team in assisting patients receiving oral anticancer medicationsThe goal of this activity is to educate the community pharmacy team about oral anticancer medications.
In this issue
Way Back in 1982: Predicting pharmacy’s future September 10, 2016By Mark Lowery EditorOccasionally, it can be interesting to learn what pharmacists and other insiders foresee as the industry’s future
The importance of a pharmacist’s consultation for lactating mothersThe rate of breastfeeding has reached over 75% in the U.S. The goal set by Healthy People 2020 is 82%. The Surgeon General has released a “call to action” that promotes breastfeeding for every mother who wishes to do so. Do Clothes Make the Pharmacist? September 10, 2016By Peter A. Kreckel RPhPeople are looking--and judging.
Issues & Trends
Medicare drug spending spike shows need for generics September 10, 2016By Christine BlankAn exclusive Associated Press report found that Medicare’s spending on certain drugs soared by 85% in two years. New center aims to increase pharmacists’ value September 10, 2016By Christine BlankHelping pharmacists perform at the top of their licenses and be reimbursed for services such as medication therapy management (MTM) are among the goals of the National Community Pharmacist Association’s (NCPA) Innovation Center. Pharmacist interventions boost adherence for minorities August 18, 2016By Christine BlankPharmacist intervention is one primary way that adherence to cholesterol-lowering medications can be improved in minority neighborhoods, a recent study found. Are You Safe at Work? September 10, 2016By Christine BlankRetail pharmacies are in the news a lot these days. Unfortunately, it is not the kind of news anyone wants to hear. New Mexico—a frontier still breaking new ground September 10, 2016By Barbara HesselgraveNew Mexico's state motto is “The Land of Enchantment,” but it might also be dubbed the The Land of Opportunity. Pharmacists here are increasingly breaking barriers to deliver frontline, provider care services in an environment that fosters innovations for the profession, students, and patients. Starting your own pharmacy September 10, 2016By Jill SederstromThese pharmacists forged their own paths. PBM giants cut drug expenses September 10, 2016By Christine BlankWhen Express Scripts and CVS Health announced their 2017 formularies on August 1, a common theme emerged among the healthcare giants: several blockbuster drugs will be removed from both companies’ formularies and lower-cost options such as biosimilars are being embraced. Pharmacists and the battle over medical foods September 10, 2016By Barbara HesselgraveCommunity pharmacists are caught in the middle of a battle between patients and their health insurers over how the federal government defines medical foods and how patients are paying for them.
Health-system pharmacists embrace medication standardization campaign September 10, 2016By Anthony VecchioneCompletion of Phase I of ASHP’s Standardize 4 Safety initiative is fast approaching.
Study: Biosimilars as safe as branded drugs August 12, 2016By Christine BlankNew study finds that biosimilar medications for arthritis and other diseases areas safe and effective as their brand-name counterparts. Oral Anticoagulant Safety, Apixaban, Statins and VTEAccording to a recent report from the Institute of Safe Medication practices (ISMP), FDA received 34,765 adverse drug event reports for oral anticoagulants in 2015. New dosage form for migraine treatmentFDA approved Onzetra Xsail (Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc.)— a fast-acting, low-dose sumatriptan dry powder formulation for the acute treatment of migraine with or without aura in adults.
Risky antibiotic use threatens patients September 10, 2016By Tracey WalkerPatients are willing to use antibiotics without contacting a medical professional, according to a study published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.
Regulatory & Legal
FDA expands its authority over tobacco productsAccording to FDA and other sources, tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the United States.
Product Updates for Pharmacists
A product for every hair-care need September 10, 2016By Mark Lowery EditorAmericans spend billions of dollars on products to address specific hair and scalp concerns each year—whether that be color, condition, or appearance. A product for every hair-care need September 10, 2016By Mark Lowery EditorAmericans spend billions of dollars on products to address specific hair and scalp concerns each year—whether that be color, condition, or appearance.
Long-term safety of glycopyrrolate: A randomized study of COPD patientsGlycopyrrolate bromide is a quick-onset long-acting muscarinic antagonist bronchodilator with FDA approval for use as maintenance treatment of COPD. Seebri Neohaler is approved for use at a dose of 15.6 ug inhaled twice daily. What executives must know to combat rising drug spendIn today’s healthcare landscape, few things better define the role of a managed healthcare executive than managing the industry’s constant changes.