Herbal medicine is rising in popularity for its “all natural” label. While many herbal medications do work to treat a number of conditions, it’s important to realize that “all natural” doesn’t always translate to safe – and this is particularly the case for people who are taking prescription drugs, as well. Many herbal preparations interact with prescription medications, so it’s important to educate patients about the possibility of interactions, and always ask about any herbal medications they may be taking alongside the prescriptions they pick up in your pharmacy. [click to continue…]
As part of an effort to reduce 30-day readmission rates, some hospitals are working with local skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Several programs like this are operating throughout the country.
The Enhanced Care Program or ECP, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles began in 2011, later adding a pharmacist to the team. This service is now available for patients who are discharged seven SNFs in the area.
The program works by allowing the ECP nurses to coordinate care between the inpatient and SNF settings, working with doctors in both places to follow up on any unresolved patient care issues. Nurses meet with their patients in the hospital, assess them again within 24 hours after being admitted to the nursing facility, and then visit them at the facility at least once a week. [click to continue…]
On April 29, the FDA approved the biologics license for a new product, Ixinity, a recombinant coagulation factor IX drug, by Cangene Corporation. A spokesperson for the parent company Emergent BioSolutions, Inc. said the product should be available within 60 days. As such, it should be released by the end of the month. [click to continue…]
This month is Men’s Health Month. It’s supported by a congressional health education program, and celebrated across the country with a number of health fairs, screenings, and activities designed for health education and outreach.
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The comprehensive health management service at Martin Health System of Stuart, Florida now includes pharmacist-led care in doctors’ offices. The new approach targets patients suffering from multiple chronic conditions including: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and heart failure. [click to continue…]
In late March, Sanofi Pasteur Inc. and the FDA announced a newly licensed vaccination safe for use in children ages four to six. This combination vaccine will complete the diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP) vaccination series, as well as provide an inactivated poliovirus vaccination series. [click to continue…]