New Law Brings Changes to Medicare Part D

January 01, 2009

Feature Focus

An overview of the landmark Medicare Part D program 3 years since its inception, with guidance for pharmacists on how new provisions in the 2008 Medicare Act will affect their practice.

2-Minute Consultation: Reversible Madness: Delirium in Older Patients

January 01, 2009

Health Systems Pharmacy

Up to 40% of hospitalized elderly patients experience delirium, a highly preventable condition. Pharmacists play an important role by recognizing the signs and monitoring and reconciling medications.

For Patients at Walk-In Health Clinics, Convenience Is the Key

January 01, 2009

Pharmacy as a Health Care Destination

Patients like the convenience of pharmacy-based walk-in clinics to meet many of their health care needs. We made a visit to one CVS MinuteClinic in central New Jersey to learn more about why.

On the Case: A Trusted Source for Health Care Advice

January 01, 2009

Pharmacy as a Health Care Destination

Increasingly, pharmacies are becoming a destination for patients looking for health care services and advice—not only on the myriad Rx and OTC medications now available to treat their conditions, but also on ways to prevent illness and promote better health. The following cases are typical of the many ways in which patients interact with their pharmacists every day.

Common Polypharmacy Pitfalls

January 01, 2009

Rx Focus

Preventing the dispensing of unnecessary, inappropriate, and side effect?prone medication, as well as obtaining an accurate medication and medical history, are important steps in avoiding problems with polypharmacy.

Joint Pain

January 01, 2009

OTC Focus

Approximately 27 million Americans have some degree of osteoarthritis; patients can benefit from pharmacist counseling when determining appropriateness of self-treatment with OTC medications.