January 2011 Aging Population

Hypothyroidism: What Every Patient Needs to Know

January 13, 2011

Patient Education

Hypothyroidism is caused by a variety of factors, and adults, particularity women, should have a blood test to determine thyroid problems every 5 years to detect the condition and treat it effectively.

Negligence in Selecting Which Generic to Use?

January 13, 2011

Legal Focus

Does liability attach when pharmacy staff selects a particular brand of medication delivery system and that patient passes away with the medication allegedly contributing to that death?

Depression: Underdiagnosed and Undertreated

January 13, 2011

Pharmacy Times

Among older Americans, approximately 15% are clinically depressed. Pharmacists should review patient's medication regimen and discuss symptoms, review drug side effects, and counsel the older patients about this underdiagnosed medical condition.

Gilenya

January 13, 2011

Rx Product News Profile

The FDA approved Gilenya, a Novartis Pharmaceuticals' product for relapsing multiple sclerosis. The approved labeling indicates it reduces the frequency of clinical exacerbation and delays accumulation of physical disability.

Continued Efforts Needed to Design Safer e-Prescribing Systems

January 13, 2011

Medication Safety

The use of e-prescribing systems offers gains in efficiency of communication between prescriber, pharmacy, and pharmacy benefit manager, but problems involving electronically transmitted prescriptions still exist.

Adherence Issues in Elderly Patients

January 13, 2011

Rx Focus

Older patients often find medication adherence difficult, as the use of multiple medications create challenges. Pharmacists can help in a variety of ways to identify the problem and implement corrective action.