April 2010 Allergy & Asthma

Rx Product News Profile: A Closer Look at New FDA Actions: Eurand's Zenpep

April 15, 2010

Rx Product News Profile

Eurand Pharmaceuticals' Zenpep (pancrelipase) Delayed-Release Capsules have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency due to cystic fibrosis or other conditions.

Drug Interactions with Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors

April 15, 2010

Drug Interactions

Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) are indicated for the treatment of a variety of malignancies due to their ability to interfere with cell communication and growth. Interactions that affect TKI metabolism are discussed.

Specialty Pharmaceuticals: Treatment of Asthma with Biologic Therapy and MTM

April 15, 2010

Rx Focus

Patients with asthma have many options for treatment, including the biologic omalizumab (Xolair). Pharmacists who utilize a properly executed medication therapy management program will promote increased adherence to treatment.

Good and Bad News in Health Care Reform for Patients

April 14, 2010

GPhA's Message

Health care reform has both good and bad news for patients. Americans will receive health care coverage and seniors no longer have to worry about falling into the Medicare "doughnut hole," but affordable biogenerics will not be available for decades.

Coping with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

April 14, 2010

Feature Focus

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Pharmacists should familiarize themselves with the symptoms, stages, and treatments for COPD.

The Impact of Stress on Health: Learning to Cope

April 14, 2010

Feature Focus

Stress can have serious health implications, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and exacerbating medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and hypertension. Stress is unavoidable, but learning to manage it effectively is critical.

The Elderly Patient with Asthma

April 14, 2010

Counseling Focus

In the United States, elderly patients with asthma are the most likely group to die of this breath-robbing disease. Advice is presented to help elderly asthma patients manage their disease and live longer lives.

Health Care Reform's Impact on Community Pharmacy

April 14, 2010

CCPA Speaks Out

The Coalition for Community Pharmacy Action (CCPA) has been working toward ensuring that health care reform legislation favors community pharmacies-included here are some top issues and when the change will take effect.

Biopharmaceuticals: A Way Forward for Biogenerics?

April 14, 2010

Generic Times Feature

Although the demand for generic competition in the biopharmaceutical market could potentially be great, regulators have been slow to clear a pathway for the approval of generic biopharmaceuticals.