January 2017 Oncology

Toxicology: Is It Influenced by Pharmacogenetics?

January 19, 2017

Pharmacogenetics Focus

Numerous, important differences exist in the ways that humans metabolize xenobiotics. These interindividual differences can directly affect the efficacy and toxicity of drugs and other foreign substances.

Increasing National Naloxone Access: Kentucky Is First to Open Online Naloxone Registry

January 18, 2017

Directions in Pharmacy

With mortality rates continuously climbing due to drug overdoses, the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy now provides an active online registry that allows patients to locate pharmacies that supply naloxone without a patient-specific prescription.

A Passion to Serve

January 18, 2017

RESPy Awards

Tiffany Vu, a 2018 pharmd candidate at the Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, sees her future pharmacy work as an opportunity to live out her passion to serve others.

Hydrocodone Prescribing and Quotas

January 16, 2017

Legal Focus

For many years, hydrocodone was the most prescribed drug in the United States—overall, not just among controlled substances—and available only in immediate-release form, mostly in combination with acetaminophen.

Cancer Fatigue: It's Not Just Tiredness

January 16, 2017

Health and Wellness

Fatigue and tiredness often get confused. Tiredness happens to everyone; it is a feeling expected after certain activities or at the end of a long day and is usually resolved by a good night’s sleep.

Nutritional Supplements: Counseling Points for Patients with Cancer

January 16, 2017

OTC Focus

Although eating a healthy and balanced diet is considered the optimal approach for meeting nutritional needs and obtaining the recommended essential vitamins, minerals, and trace elements for good health, many individuals still find it difficult to do so.

A Trifecta of Threats (and Opportunities) Set to Become Mainstream in Pharmacy

January 16, 2017

Editor's Note

It was with great fanfare that Amazon announced early last month that it had made its first drone delivery from its Cambridge, England, facility. I thought it interesting that the Wall Street Journal’s article about the launch of the service used medication delivery as an exemplar to highlight the advantages of drone delivery not once, but twice.

Does Linezolid Interact with Warfarin?

January 15, 2017

Drug Interactions

The antibacterial agent linezolid would not be expected to participate in drug–drug interactions via the cytochrome P450 (CYP) system because it does not appear to be a substrate, inhibitor, or inducer of such isozymes.

"Depo-" Medications: Not a Depot for Errors

January 14, 2017

Medication Safety

Several medications are available on the market with names that begin with “Depo-,” meaning they are administered via a depot injection that deposits the drug into localized tissue from which it is gradually absorbed by surrounding tissue.

Immunotherapy: Staring Cancer Right in the Eye

January 14, 2017

Rx Focus

For 2016, American health care providers will have delivered bad news to an estimated 1.7 million patients. “You have cancer,” they’ll have said. Thirty-five percent of these patients will eventually die from the disease, which actually is an improvement over past decades because of better cancer treatments.