February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. There are numerousnational_childrens_dental_health_month medications that may be prescribed for pediatric dental patients. When patients or their parents come in, there are many ways to bring greater awareness to the importance of good dental health. [click to continue…]

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COPD Care Improves with the Help of Pharmacists

by pharmacy on January 27, 2016

copd_treatment_pharmacy_care_managementPharmacists who are able to help their patients manage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) say the condition is another therapeutic niche for pharmacists and provides another avenue for the improvement of patient care.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COPD is a “group of diseases that cause blockage of the airflow and breathing related problems.” COPD can include certain cases of asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis. Data from 2011 shows that 6.3% of adults in the United States have diagnosed COPD. [click to continue…]

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Counseling Patients on OTC Pain Medications

by pharmacy on January 20, 2016

nsaid_drug_interaction_factsAcetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs, and other non-opioid over-the-counter pain medications can be somewhat challenging for patients to manage on their own. Pharmacists play a critical role in patient education to ensure they are not only using the medications correctly, but they are not creating serious risks to their health with potential drug interactions.  [click to continue…]

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advanced pharmacy services cancer treatmentIn March 2014, the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System Cancer Center in Chicago implemented a new care model. Under this model, clinical pharmacists work closely with patients suffering from multiple myeloma, as part of their care management team. [click to continue…]

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national birth defects prevention monthJanuary is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. The 2016 theme is “Making Healthy Choices to Prevent Birth Defects—Make a Pact for Prevention.” This awareness event is sponsored by the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN), which provides a plethora of resources to help promote awareness and prevention. [click to continue…]

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fda track and trace deadlineFDA Track and Trace requirements once slated to to into effect on November 1, 2015 now won’t go into effect until March 1, 2016. This is the second extension of the deadline, as the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) Drug Supply Chain Act (DSCSA) was originally supposed to go into effect on July 1, 2015. The program was designed to reduce drug counterfeiting while also helping to improve the efficiency of drug recalls. [click to continue…]

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