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4 Key GI Trends in 2009
This is an exciting time to be in the endoscopy center business. Although there are many pressures on the industry, there are also some terrific opportunities to be gained by the consistent focus in a few key areas.
Pharmacist Follow-up Decreases Rehospitalization--February 2009
Patient education and pharmacist follow-up upon hospital discharge can prevent future admissions and emergency department visits, according to a study.
NCPA Updates--Febraury 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.
Restrictions on Rx Narcotics Are Coming--February 2009
The FDA is taking steps to reduce the deaths and injuries from inappropriate use of narcotic drugs.
Patients Looking for Lower Cost Prescriptions--February 2009
Poll finds more patients are choosing generic over brand name drugs and shopping for them at discount stores and online.
Counterfeit Drugs Present a Growing Threat--February 2009
An updated report by the American Council on Science and Health shows that counterfeit drugs continue to pose a serious health concern for Americans.
Stimulus Plan Likely to Include Health IT--January 2009
Health information technology would get a boost under proposed economic stimulus plans, but providers urge caution over hasty enactment of new privacy mandates.
NCPA Updates--January 2009
Pharmacy Groups Endorse HR 616--January 2009
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.
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.
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