Steve Leuck, PharmD

Steve Leuck, PharmD
Steve Leuck, PharmD, has been practicing both hospital and community pharmacy for over 30 years. He founded AudibleRx, in 2011, which provides Consumer Medication Information which is both Useful and Accessible. Content designed to meet health literacy guidelines. Format designed to "read along" with the audio presentation in a simple to use web application. More information at
Patients are commonly discharged from acute rehabilitation units with many more medications than they were admitted with. This is an excellent opportunity for pharmacists to perform medication reconcilliation.
Jan 3, 2018 @06:05 PM
Is there a way to maintain these services in a cost-effective way so that all stakeholders benefit?
Nov 30, 2017 @08:35 AM
Imagine you are blind. How do you tell one prescription bottle from the next?
Oct 9, 2017 @01:13 AM
What tools should pharmacists use to help older people maintain adherence and understand their medications?
Sep 14, 2017 @02:22 AM
Here is the 411 on this organization, which offers programs to help consumers better understand their medications.
Aug 24, 2017 @03:36 AM
Is CMI meant to help patients engage in educated discussions about their therapy or just meet the regulatory requirements of the facility providing it to the patient?
Aug 15, 2017 @01:45 AM
As a pharmacist, on any given day, how many questions do you answer?
May 16, 2017 @01:23 AM
Is creating a safe house for drug addicts to freely go and inject heroin really a solution to the drug problem?
Apr 24, 2017 @02:52 AM
We all have a general idea of what low health literacy is, but do we really know how much it costs?
Apr 10, 2017 @01:43 AM
With pharmacy schools all over the country, why not choose one where you may continue to pursue your favorite outdoor adventures?
Mar 14, 2017 @08:49 AM
What about spending your next continuing education week on a tropical island?
Mar 9, 2017 @01:41 AM
Nowhere in the Pharmacist's Oath is there a discussion of units-of-service.
Feb 24, 2017 @06:31 AM
Pharmacists and technicians work in a fish bowl, swimming around each other, sharing space, day after day after day.
Feb 13, 2017 @03:26 AM
Before you read this article, take a moment and see if you remember the 7 or 8 black box warnings associated with long acting opioid pain medications.
Jan 30, 2017 @09:33 AM
Nothing beats a well-written consumer medication information leaflet; our patients’ health literacy depends upon it!
Nov 7, 2016 @07:50 AM
How many times have you seen increasing doses of sleep medications prescribed to your patients?
Oct 25, 2016 @08:24 AM
Pharmacy has many excellent second-string pharmacists filling prescriptions and verifying orders all over the country, but what does it take to move up to the first string?
Sep 8, 2016 @09:35 AM
How do you help someone adhere to a medication regimen when they're becoming increasingly confused and agitated?
Aug 29, 2016 @07:59 AM
If you stand all day for your job, do yourself a favor: buy some support socks.
Aug 22, 2016 @03:33 AM
I cut my teeth as a real participant in educating a medical team in a drafty psych unit at Christmastime on the island of Oahu.
Aug 15, 2016 @06:38 AM
Understanding the mechanism of action helps pharmacists explain the basics of blood pressure control to patients.
Aug 10, 2016 @02:19 AM
In order to be effective medication counselors, pharmacists first need to identify the barriers to effective medication counseling.
Jul 22, 2016 @06:10 AM
Independent community pharmacists should be prepared for pharmacy compliance audits, as pharmacies have been seeing more of them.
Jul 7, 2016 @04:54 AM
Naloxone (Narcan) is indicated for the treatment of an opioid-related emergency such as an overdose or potential overdose associated with signs of breathing problems, severe sleepiness, or unresponsiveness.
May 19, 2016 @02:19 AM
No patient should need to use escalating verbal combat just to be heard.
May 11, 2016 @03:30 AM
The California Department of Public Health has issued a drug overdose alert concerning deaths related to a fentanyl-contaminated tablet that looks remarkably similar to Norco.
Apr 12, 2016 @07:48 AM
Patients are frequently sent home with stacks of medication information that's cumbersome to read and regularly ends up in a waste basket.
Apr 11, 2016 @09:27 AM
Do productivity metrics get in the way of patient education?
Mar 28, 2016 @04:00 AM
Most patients understand very little about the amount of social work pharmacists perform on a daily basis.
Mar 17, 2016 @09:45 AM
Here are 3 ways to build lasting prescription referral bases.
Mar 8, 2016 @05:33 AM
Community pharmacists are in regular communication with patients about their medication therapies.
Feb 24, 2016 @02:53 AM
the community pharmacist is in a unique position to provide another level of education to heart failure patients.
Feb 11, 2016 @03:17 AM
One common method of HIV transmission is sharing needles for intravenous drug use.
Feb 9, 2016 @07:13 AM
The survival of the community hospital out-patient pharmacy depends on its ability to make itself indispensable to the community hospital it is associated with.
Jan 28, 2016 @03:49 AM
There is a potential correlation between aripiprazole use and increased risk for compulsive gambling and hypersexuality.
Jan 19, 2016 @06:16 AM
Over the past few years, a multitude of new inhalation devices that are not your standard point-and-press inhalers have come onto the market. 
Dec 28, 2015 @04:46 AM
All MTM services may be billed for, but the question remains: which insurance companies will reimburse them?
Dec 14, 2015 @06:28 AM
Opioid abuse is a national epidemic, but there are many tools that pharmacists have to help decrease this problem on an individual level.
Dec 1, 2015 @04:56 AM
The updated 2015 Beers Criteria includes 3 new medications and 2 new medication classes, as well as 2 new completely new sections.
Nov 23, 2015 @09:22 AM
With more than 6 million pregnancies in the United States each year, health care providers require accurate and up-to-date information on the risks associated with prescribing medications to pregnant patients and breastfeeding infants.
Nov 16, 2015 @02:08 AM
Within weeks of each other, 5 men have died from ingesting what appeared to be counterfeit Xanax.
Nov 5, 2015 @05:29 AM
Red flags are meant to catch a community pharmacist's attention.
Oct 26, 2015 @02:46 AM
Over my nearly 3 decades of pharmacy practice, I have worked with some of the greatest pharmacists never known.
Oct 8, 2015 @02:26 AM
Neurogenic rosacea is yet another distinct subset of rosacea with a unique management approach.
Sep 29, 2015 @02:18 AM
What does opiate failure look like in the primary care setting, and why isn't it recognized more often?
Sep 15, 2015 @06:18 AM
After 28 years of pharmacy practice, I thought I knew what MTM was. Then I took the MTM certification course.
Sep 4, 2015 @04:39 AM
Every house has that half-used bottle of antibiotics sitting in the back of the medicine cabinet.
Aug 26, 2015 @01:21 AM
Over the past decade we have seen a significant rise in opiate use and abuse, unfortunately, we have seen a paralleled rise in babies born addicted to opiates.
Aug 10, 2015 @04:34 AM
Pharmacists must be aware that edoxaban should not be used in any patient with a creatinine clearance >95 ml/min.
Jul 28, 2015 @01:28 AM
What keeps seasoned pharmacists working well into their 70s?
Jul 20, 2015 @02:10 AM
The personal medication record is a core element of standard medication therapy management.
Jul 7, 2015 @02:57 AM
Counseling family members about hospice medications requires compassion and empathy.
Jul 1, 2015 @01:45 AM
How can pharmacists better inform senior citizens about depression and available treatments?
Jun 19, 2015 @12:25 PM
The non-dispensing entrepreneurial pharmacist sees a need for a service, and then works relentlessly to bring it to patients.
Jun 8, 2015 @01:31 AM
Pharmacists need to support and thank nurses for their efforts on the front lines of patient medication education.
Jun 1, 2015 @04:23 AM
Commonly, patients have read on the Internet that a generic medication may be anywhere from 25% more potent to 20% less potent than its brand-name equivalent.
May 25, 2015 @03:19 AM
When 12 community pharmacies are within 5 miles of each other, how can a patient choose which one is best?
May 12, 2015 @01:13 AM
Miconazole and clobetasol may play a role in helping cells produce myelin.
May 4, 2015 @02:12 AM
California may soon become the third state to disallow vaccination exemptions based on personal or religious beliefs.
Apr 24, 2015 @01:39 AM
Health-system pharmacists must not forget the importance of a strong working relationship with nurses.
Apr 20, 2015 @01:06 AM
Over my past 3 decades of pharmacy practice, acetaminophen has been one of my most recommended OTC treatments.
Apr 17, 2015 @03:14 AM
Rarely is a prescription written for U-500 insulin that doesn't require clarification from a pharmacist.
Apr 7, 2015 @02:11 AM
What role do pharmacists play in loved ones' health care?
Mar 31, 2015 @01:15 AM
The legislation addresses the shortcomings of the current MTM qualification system, but it has some shortcomings of its own.
Mar 23, 2015 @01:55 AM
Through the implementation of a bedside MTM program, we have experienced all of this, and much more. Read this article to see a real life example of a small community out-patient pharmacy working with a community hospital in the development of a quality transiton of care program.
Mar 11, 2015 @01:52 AM
Are pharmacists fully aware of the warnings associated with the medications they dispense?
Mar 3, 2015 @03:09 AM
Depending on how well a pharmacy team works together, a slow day may feel like the busiest day ever, or a busy day may run beautifully smooth.
Mar 2, 2015 @02:31 AM
Is it possible for Twitter to predict a community's level of heart disease?
Feb 26, 2015 @02:54 AM
Given the increased number of states legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use, are you prepared to respond to a physician's order for a patient to use his or her own marijuana?
Feb 17, 2015 @02:34 AM
Community pharmacists need to maintain not only their medication education skills, but also their ability to present such information to patients.
Feb 9, 2015 @03:08 AM
The lack of standardization for medication acronyms may potentially lead to dangerous prescription errors.
Jan 29, 2015 @03:52 AM
A community pharmacy can collaborate with a local hospital to provide quality medication education and adherence coaching.
Jan 27, 2015 @03:59 AM
The rate of deaths from opiate medications in the United States has increased 4-fold over the past decade.
Jan 23, 2015 @09:08 AM
It is not inconceivable that a physician who denies requests for opiates may not receive favorable ratings, which may impact their hospital privileges.
Jan 20, 2015 @02:44 AM
Medication adherence monitoring is as simple as swallowing a pill.
Jan 19, 2015 @02:29 AM
Can women who are pregnant be treated safely for acute or chronic severe pain without affecting the unborn child?
Jan 14, 2015 @02:40 AM
In addition to providing patient education on disease states and medications, pharmacists are now considered the experts and front runners of medication adherence, medication therapy management, prescription synchronization, and medication reconciliation.
Jan 7, 2015 @02:46 AM
Hyperkalemia may be a concern when patients are prescribed trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole.
Jan 6, 2015 @05:13 AM
This month, the Government Accountability Office will begin monitoring how well pharmacies are applying best practices for the development of prescription labels for the visually impaired.
Jan 5, 2015 @07:33 AM
What can community pharmacists do to help decrease readmissions to their local community hospital?
Dec 29, 2014 @09:07 AM
Community pharmacists are in a position that may determine the difference between a successful or an unsuccessful antidepressant treatment regimen.
Dec 29, 2014 @07:42 AM
As a pharmacist, how do you handle phone calls from patients stating they have been shorted on their controlled substance prescription?
Dec 29, 2014 @04:15 AM
Medication dispensing errors happen regardless of the countless safeguards pharmacists put into place to prevent their occurrence.
Dec 22, 2014 @02:24 AM
Understanding your medications, visiting your pharmacist once a month to pick them up, and creating a "take-charge" medication plan are sustainable resolutions for 2015.
Dec 17, 2014 @02:05 AM
Is your pharmacy part of your community? Do you know your pharmacist's name, and more importantly, will your pharmacist recognize you when you walk in the store?
Dec 12, 2014 @05:34 AM
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