August 2018 Pain Awareness

A Portable Nebulizer Option for Patients With COPD

October 11, 2018

Pharmacist Education

Education and training on proper inhalation device technique is essential in helping to achieve treatment goals in the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

PTCB Sees Success in Advanced Technician Certification Program

August 22, 2018

Technician Focus

In a sign of the profession’s evolution, more than 300 pharmacy technicians have now been certified as Compounded Sterile Preparation Technicians, according to the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

Let's Get Down to Business: The Value of Pharmacy Immunization

August 20, 2018

Immunization Focus

Amid an evolving health care landscape, pharmacists’ growing role in administering influenza and other vaccines can provide them with new opportunities to enhance their business and improve patient health.

Does a Pharmacy Have Liability Related to Handling Prior Authorization Requests?

August 15, 2018

Legal Focus

When an insurer requires prior authorization (PA) from a prescriber to cover the expense of a medication and the patient allegedly is told that the pharmacist would contact the prescriber to pursue that but the communication fails and the patient dies, what is the liability of the pharmacy?

Fat-Soluble Vitamins Can Play Role in Managing Osteoarthritis

August 13, 2018

Disease State Management

As researchers continue to look for factors that may influence the development of osteoarthritis, a recently published review examined the role of fat-soluble vitamins in managing this condition.

Psychological Distress and Socioeconomic Status Increase Risk for Chronic Diseases

August 10, 2018

Disease State Management

The results of a recent UK study reveal that psychological distress, whether considered low or moderate, can increase a patient’s risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease.

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum and the Beginnings of Licensure

August 09, 2018

Career Corner

The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum reminds us that although the first pharmacy license was issued almost 200 years ago, the requirement persists to this day, and no pharmacy enterprise should be haunted by doubts about its compliance responsibilities.

Drug Shortages Adversely Affect Patient Care, ISMP Survey Findings Suggest

August 09, 2018

Rx Focus

Hospital pharmacy directors say that providing appropriate and safe drug therapy has become extremely challenging during shortages and has led to numerous instances of compromised care, potentially harmful errors, and unsafe practices.

Pharmacists: Frontline Fighters in the Opioid Abuse Crisis

August 01, 2018

From the Chairman

Opioid abuse has reached epidemic proportions in the united states, with the rising number of opioid-related overdoses and deaths alarming drug manufacturers, health care providers, lawmakers, and patients alike.