February 2015 Autoimmune Disorders

RSV Infection May Be Connected to Increased Pneumonia Risk

February 18, 2015

Infectious Disease Watch

Patients, especially infants, who are infected with respiratory syncytial virus may face an increased risk of developing pneumonia caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, a recent study suggests.

Testosterone May Prove an Unlikely Ally in Fight Against Prostate Cancer

February 18, 2015

Men's Health Watch

Although testosterone is often considered to be a catalyst of prostate cancer, a recent study suggests that the hormone may be able to subdue advanced prostate cancer and break down resistance to testosterone-blocking drugs used to treat the disease.

Flu Vaccine Provides Weaker Protection This Season

February 18, 2015

Infectious Disease Watch

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that this season's flu vaccine is reducing the risk of medical visits associated with influenza by 23%.

Immune Response to Rhinovirus Suppressed in Colder Temperatures

February 18, 2015

Infectious Disease Watch

Supporting the claim that low temperatures can lead to the common cold, a recent study has indicated that cooler conditions allow the rhinovirus to more easily replicate by weakening the body's immune system.

Transcending Barriers Through Patient Care

February 17, 2015

RESPy Awards

As a pharmacy student at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, Kalyann Kauv has demonstrated a passion for serving patients across cultural and social boundaries.

Pharmacy Law: Is Technician Error Covered by a State's Medical Malpractice Law?

February 17, 2015

Legal Focus

When a dispensing error occurs and the pharmacy technician was alleged to have participated in creation of the misadventure, do the procedural requirements specified in a state's statute covering medical malpractice claims apply?

Drug Diversion and Abuse: Monitoring the Future: Some Good News

February 12, 2015

Legal Focus

In mid-December 2014, the Monitoring the Future survey results provided good news regarding trends among America's teens. The results are encouraging on many fronts, but especially regarding pharmaceutical use.

Gastrointestinal Bleeding Due to Drug-Drug Interactions

February 12, 2015

Drug Interactions

The risk for upper gastrointestinal bleeding associated with the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and antiplatelet drugs is well known.

Making 2015 Your Best Year in Pharmacy

February 09, 2015

Editor's Note

A new year provides an opportunity to reflect on your past, evaluate your current circumstances, and dream about your future opportunities. One of the best things about life is that we can have a new beginning if we are willing to accept change, make sacrifices, and delay immediate gratification. Many individuals are not willing to pay this price, but those who are can make a fresh start.

Facts About Fever: A Guide to OTC Antipyretics

February 09, 2015

OTC Focus

The presence of fever is often a cause for concern among patients and caregivers. Pharmacists can be an excellent resource for those seeking guidance regarding the use of nonprescription antipyretics.