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Larry Calemine, RPh, BS Pharm
West Virginia University (WVU) Medicine Ruby Memorial Hospital is a 500+ bed academic teaching hospital located in Morgantown, West Virginia. WVU Medicine Children’s is located within Ruby. Services offered include a level I trauma center, a 39-bed level III NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), a 20-bed pediatric intensive care unit, and a state-of-the-art cancer center. The hospital has an outpatient pharmacy onsite, which in 2012 launched a Transition of Care (TOC) Pharmacy to offer bedside consulting service and post-discharge prescription service to any patient within our facility. Since its inception, the program has reached more than 40,000 patients in 4 years and had up to a 62% capture rate.1
Shivam Patel, PharmD Candidate
Warfarin has been the cornerstone treatment for atrial fibrillation. New oral anticoagulants are another treatment option. Here's a brief overview of 5 of those alternatives.
Laurie Toich, Assistant Editor
Researchers were able to crystalize a protein that plays a role in nicotine addiction, which may provide a new treatment target to end tobacco cravings and treat multiple diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.
Jennifer Barrett, Assistant Editor
A series of peculiar pharmacy burglaries piqued the attention of DEA Task Force agents when video surveillance captured suspects busting through a pharmacy wall using a sledgehammer.
Jennifer Barrett, Assistant Editor
The CDC is now recommending a 2-dose series of the HPV vaccination, rather than the previously recommended 3 doses, in children 11 to 12 years of age.
Caitlyn Fitzpatrick
Many studies compare a pain drug to a placebo in order to identify potential analgesic effects. However, typically these studies are blinded – meaning that patients don’t know if they are taking the real medication or not.
Krystle Vermes
The FDA has approved the supplemental New Drug Application for label changes to ADASUVE (loxapine) inhalation powder.
Charles Ng, PharmD-MBA Candidate 2017
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Daniel Holland, PharmD
Low-resource pharmacies, such as many community free clinics, face unique efficiency challenges. Incorporating electronic medical records improves care and saves time, but the system designers produced these tools for larger and better staffed workplaces.
Laurie Toich, Assistant Editor
Each year, the federal government implements certain strategies to increase enrollment in Affordable Care Act health plans.

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