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FDA Needs Broad Reforms, Says Government Watchdog--January 2009
The General Accounting Office has added FDA's regulation and oversight of medical products to its biennial list of high-risk areas needing special attention by the new Congress.
Clinical Pharmacists Worth the Investment--January 2009
A new study found that clinical pharmacists can reduce medication costs.
FDA Issues Strong Warning on Topical Anesthetics--January 2009
Growth in Rx Drug Spending Down…--January 2009
The government reports slower growth in spending for prescription drugs in 2007, as a new survey finds many Americans extending their medications to save money.
Rapid-Response Teams Add Pharmacists--January 2009
Hospitals' rapid-response teams recognize value of pharmacists.
NCPA Updates--January 2009
The National Community Pharmacists Association continues to offer educational opportunities for pharmacists, as well as seek their input on issues impacting the practice of pharmacy.
FDA Says Medication Guides Could Be More User-Friendly--January 2009
New FDA-sponsored research on how helpful the information accompanying new prescriptions is for patients, finds that the handouts still do not meet Congressional goals for usefulness.
Drug Interactions Higher Among Seniors--January 2009
Researchers find that dangerous drug combinations are prevalent in older adults.
A Wrap-Up on CAP
OTC Plan B More Readily Available--December 2008
Women are having an easier time purchasing OTC Plan B since the FDA ruled it could be sold without a prescription for women 18 years and older.
New Study Says Off-Label Prescribing Needs More Scrutiny--December 2008
A new study has identified a list of widely prescribed medications that should be evaluated to determine how safe and effective they are for their off-label uses.
Last Chance to Switch Part D Plans for 2009--December 2008
Medicare Part D open enrollment ends December 31—premium increases and complex plan descriptions may spur questions from your patients.
NY Pharmacists Losing Their Livelihood--December 2008
Budget cuts in New York are leading to pharmacy closures.
NCPA Updates--December 2008
Therapeutic Benefits of PPIs
New Yorkers Will Receive Rx Translations--November 2008
CVS and Rite Aid are taking steps to ensure non–English speaking New Yorkers have their drug instructions translated into their primary language.
The Power of Statins--November 2008
The JUPITER study ended more than 2 years early after an "unequivocal benefit of rosuvastatin" was determined among individuals with normal cholesterol levels but elevated levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein.
Using Today's Great American Smokeout to Help Patients Quit--November 2008
Too many Americans still smoke, and stress from current economic woes is making quitting even harder. Today’s Great American Smokeout marks a good time for pharmacists to step up those antismoking efforts.
NCPA Updates--November 2008
Chronic Illness Care: US Falls Short--November 2008
Survey reveals that more than half of US chronically ill adults skip care. Respondents cite cost and medical errors.
Patients Using Electronic Diaries to Monitor Migraines
Clinvest was approached by one of the largest pharmaceutical companies to "create and manage a [Mental Efficiency and Workload Test] for 500 subjects in a migraine trial occurring in 50 sites across the United States." This will be the first time cognitive processing time will be tested in a major migraine study.
Pharmacists Held in High Regard, Survey Says--November 2008
As a trusted and reliable health care professional, pharmacists can help improve health care in the communities they serve.
Price, Value Key in OTC Medication--November 2008
Americans rank effectiveness, safety, and confidence high when it comes to choosing OTC medicines, according to a Nielsen survey.
Personalized Medicine: Tailoring Drug Therapy to Genes--November 2008
A new project will help 100,000 pharmacists and students across the country learn more about the fast-growing field of pharmacogenomics.
CDC Reports Dramatic Increase in Diabetes Cases--November 2008
The government has found that new cases of diabetes rose by more than 90% among adults over the last 10 years; helping patients prevent and manage this disease is a top priority for pharmacists.
Avandia Comes Under Fire, GSK Responds--November 2008
GlaxoSmithKline has issued a statement in response to Public Citizen's petition to the FDA on the safety of Avandia.
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