July 2016 Digestive Health

Does Physical Therapy Timing Make a Difference in Treating Back Pain?

July 22, 2016

Pain Management Watch

Current guidelines recommend delaying referrals for physical therapy, in part because previous research found that early aggressive therapy contributed to higher health care costs and did not seem to make significant improvements for patients.

Psychotherapy Provides Long-Term IBS Benefits

July 21, 2016

Digestive Health Watch

Psychological therapies are known to provide short-term symptom relief to patients with irritable bowel syndrome, but the results of a recent study indicate that these benefits may extend even longer than previously thought.

Overweight Colorectal Cancer Patients Could Fare Better

July 21, 2016

Digestive Health Watch

Although higher body mass indexes are associated with a number of health risks, the results of a recent study suggest that overweight patients who develop colorectal cancer may have a better prognosis than those with a healthy weight.

Is There a Legal Duty to Have a Medication in Stock?

July 21, 2016

Legal Focus

A patient pursuing a legal claim on his own, without benefit of the services of an attorney, alleged that a pharmacy has a legal duty to maintain an inventory containing all medications, so his would be available when needed. May such a claim go forward through the court system?

Don't Miss Important Computer Alerts Seen by Technicians

July 14, 2016

Medication Safety

The ability to view and assess alerts that may have been bypassed by other staff during order entry and drug utilization review may not be available to pharmacists in some pharmacy computer systems.

"Contraindication" Versus "Avoid Concomitant Use"

July 14, 2016

Drug Interactions

In the official prescribing information of pharmaceutical products, drug interactions are often listed in 2 categories: contraindicated" and avoid concomitant use." Is this a distinction without a difference?

Out of Crisis Comes Hope for Patients and Opportunity for Pharmacists

July 11, 2016

Editor's Note

We can do more than act as dispensing police and check in with our state Prescription Drug Monitoring System; we can play an active role in preventing and treating this disease called drug addiction.