Pharmacytimes: Condition Center: en-us Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:06:01 EST Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:06:01 EST Statins Vastly Underprescibed for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients The vast majority of patients with chronic kidney disease are recommended to receive statins under current cholesterol management guidelines, but half of those patients are not taking the drugs. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:02:01 EST Cancer Guidelines Disagree on Correct Care Clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of certain types of cancer are surprisingly unstandardized. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:01:01 EST Global Drug Spending to Hit $1.3 Trillion by 2018 Improved patient access to medications and fewer patent expirations will result in a 30% increase in global drug spending, to $1.3 trillion, over the next 5 years. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:00:58 EST Pharmacy Tech Steals Painkillers, Shreds Evidence A former pharmacy technician thought the prescription pill records she was finagling were better shred than read. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:43:51 EST FDA Issues New Guidance for Compounding Facilities Expanding upon efforts to implement the federal Drug Quality and Security Act enacted 1 year ago, the FDA today released 3 policy documents that assist companies that compound sterile drugs with registering as outsourcing facilities. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 04:04:49 EST Affordable Care Act Aimed to Increase Smoking Cessation Several provisions of the Affordable Care Act intend to improve smoking cessation rates by increasing insurance coverage for effective interventions. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:02:01 EST Antibiotics in Pregnancy Increase Child Obesity Risk Children exposed to antibiotics during the second or third trimester of pregnancy have an 84% higher risk of being obese at age 7 compared with children who were not exposed to the drugs in utero, according to new research published in the Journal of Obesity. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:05:01 EST Pharmacist Charged With Stealing Thousands of Hydrocodone Tablets A Maryland pharmacist has been charged with the theft of more than 7300 tablets of hydrocodone, a painkiller found in Vicodin and Lortab. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:26:24 EST FDA Approves Hydrocodone Product With Abuse-Deterrent Properties The FDA today approved hydrocodone bitartrate, an extended-release opioid analgesic for treating severe pain that requires daily long-term opioid treatment and for which other treatment options are inadequate. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 02:26:01 EST Ebola Spread Slows in Guinea, Liberia Progress in stopping the spread of the Ebola has been achieved in 2 West African countries, though new cases of the virus are increasing in a third. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 01:01:01 EST Compounding Pharmacy Back in Business After Suing DEA After the Drug Enforcement Administration revoked the Tampa-based pharmacy’s registration to sell controlled substances and seized its drugs, the company fought back with a lawsuit. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:26:15 EST Generic Drugs Prescribed More With EHR Default Display Fewer brand-name drugs are prescribed when their generic equivalents are displayed in the electronic health record first. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:02:01 EST Brand-Name Rx Drug Costs Rose 13% in 2013 The prices for brand-name prescription medications commonly used by older adults increased by an approximate average of 13% last year, more than 8 times faster than the general inflation rate. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:28:41 EST Ebola Preparedness Increasing Across US Hospitals With administrators increasing staff training efforts for the Ebola virus at medical facilities throughout the United States, hospital radiology departments are emphasizing protocols for performing imaging procedures on isolated patients. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 01:02:01 EST Automated Reminders Improve Heart Disease Medication Adherence Patients with chronic cardiovascular disease who receive automated reminders for their prescription blood pressure and cholesterol medications are more likely to refill those drugs. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:04:01 EST Pharmacy Sues DEA for Seizing Its Drugs While some pharmacies have their drugs stolen by robbers, a pharmacy in Tampa, Florida, had its drugs taken by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:21:45 EST Energy Drinks Cause Serious Illness in Young Children More than 40% of calls placed to US poison control centers concerning energy drinks involve children under age 6, some of whom suffer serious cardiac and neurological symptoms. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:19:39 EST Ebola Epidemic in West Africa Not Linked to Congo Outbreak The current Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo stems from a different strain of the virus than the outbreak wreaking havoc on West Africa, according to data from a French research organization. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:12:01 EST Pharmacist Costs Walgreens $1.4 Million for Violating HIPAA Walgreens will appeal a $1.4 million verdict after 1 of its pharmacists in Indiana violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act when she reviewed prescription records of a woman who once dated her husband. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:27:58 EST Telemedicine Diagnoses More Diabetic Retinopathy Implementing eye screening via telemedicine among patients with diabetes uncovered that 1 in 5 have diabetic retinopathy. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:53:30 EST