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Women's Health: How Pharmacists Can Help

Published Online: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The chat that occurs every day at the pharmacist’s counter very often happens between the pharmacist and a female customer—whether she is talking about her children, spouse, or older parents. There is so much to discuss and so many people to worry about that these women often neglect their own health. The pharmacist is there to help.

As the nation’s health crisis continues to grow, in terms of both health care policy and rising costs, it is important to note that women are in serious need of health care information for themselves just as much as for their families. This issue of Pharmacy Times brings into focus the many female health concerns that the health care community is just recognizing as clear warning signs for the future.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD), for example, affects women in many different ways than men—and the signs of this disease are often unrecognized by both the patient and the health care professional. Despite guidelines and awareness campaigns, CVD deaths in women continue to grow each year. See our Pharmacist to Pharmacist article on this topic and learn about the goals being set by the AHA to reduce risks and deaths. One of the chief reasons for the increased CVD death rates in women is the escalating obesity epidemic. While obesity is a national crisis that affects children, teens, men, and women, it is disturbing to see the escalating numbers each year for women. While public education and programs can help, an individual often turns to weight-loss programs or quick fixes to get on track. As the most accessible health care professionals around, pharmacists are even more important when counseling for obesity since this condition ties in to so many other health problems and ultimately affects the whole family.

Our cover story “Counseling for Obesity: Weighing in on What Works and What Doesn’t” provides the facts that pharmacists can share with their patients to deal with this important issue. With so many programs and so much online advice to chose from, each individual needs proper guidance and counseling. But let’s not forget about lifestyle factors and manageable risks. Pharmacists should also address the issue of personal responsibility when counseling their patients on this great health risk.

We know that pharmacists can use their counseling skills to handle any particular case, but it is imperative that they be informed about the options and tools available to help educate themselves and their patients. It’s always our goal to provide readers with the most useful and up-to-date clinical information to help them in their everyday practice. This Women’s Health issue is filled with what you need to know to aid you in providing the best service to your patients—from articles on breast cancer, to cardiovascular health, to premenstrual syndrome— and as always we provide you with more on iPad.
Mike Hennessy, Chairman and CEO
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Mike Hennessy shares his views and perspectives on issues that affect pharmacists.
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ABOUT MIKE HENNESSY, President, Chairman, CEO

Mike Hennessy is President, Chairman, and CEO of MJH & Associates and Intellisphere, LLC, publisher of influential journals in health care, finance, and politics, including Pharmacy Times. Pharmacy Times is a clinically based, monthly journal providing practical information pharmacists can use in their everyday practice. Each issue contains articles and features covering medication errors, drug interactions, patient education, pharmacy technology, disease state management watches, patient counseling, product news, pharmacy law, and specialty pharmacy. Pharmacy Times is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of free continuing pharmacy education.

As a businessman, entrepreneur, and publisher of magazines, iPad editions, projects, and Web sites that focus on the needs of health care professionals, Hennessy is intimately familiar with the challenges these professionals face every day in today's competitive practice environment. News & Views: Hennessy's Highlights dissects health care policy issues, the impact of pharmacy on national health care, and the critical issues that concern pharmacists as the new health care reform legislation is debated.

As publisher of Pharmacy Times, Mr. Hennessy launched the Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards in partnership with Parata Systems, to recognize the achievements of pharmacists in health care. "As the leader in pharmacy publishing, Pharmacy Times is shining a light on the critical role of the pharmacist in today's health care world and providing invaluable insight into the profession," Mike Hennessy, chairman, chief executive officer, and president said. "We are proud to recognize individual pharmacists in this 2nd annual awards program."

Pharmacy Times is published by Intellisphere, LLC, a leading provider of health care publishing, research, information, and education. Operating within both traditional and digital media channels, Intellisphere serves the needs of health care professionals through an extensive suite of magazines, journals, e-mail databases, Web sites, events and personal meetings. Intellisphere reaches more than half a million health care professionals through Pharmacy Times, Specialty Pharmacy Times, The American Journal of Managed Care, The American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits, MDNG,, Oncology & Biotech News, Oncology Net Guide, Contemporary Oncology, and Oncology Net Guide: Nurses' Edition.
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