May 2010 Skin & Eye Health

Preventing Painful Burns and Scalds

May 11, 2010

Counseling Focus

Burns and scalds disproportionately affect children and seniors. Preventing them should be a priority, but if burns and scalds do occur, proper treatment can lessen the pain and chance of infection.

Medical Marijuana: Turning Over a New Leaf in Glaucoma Treatment?

May 11, 2010

Feature Focus

Patients with glaucoma claim medical marijuana lowers elevated intraocular pressure, the primary cause of vision impairment and loss. Pharmacists can benefit from a thorough understanding of medical marijuana's history, legal complications, and pharmacologic profile as an alternative treatment for glaucoma.

Allergic Conjunctivitis: Pharmacists on the Front Line

May 11, 2010

Feature Focus

Pharmacists are often the first health care providers to make contact with patients needing medical advice for ocular disorders such as allergic conjunctivitis (AC), especially in the spring and summer months. A review of AC and counseling points are presented here.

Medication Safety: Using External Errors to Uncover Potential Dangers

May 11, 2010

Medication Safety

Pharmacists need to not "normalize" stories of tragic events that occur in the pharmacy; rather, pharmacists must learn from the mistakes of others, and take in important information, to ensure the mistakes do not recur.

Drug Interactions: Does Menthol Affect Warfarin Response?

May 11, 2010

Drug Interactions

Some debate exists surrounding the use of menthol cough drops in patients on warfarin because of altered international normalized ratio levels-is there enough evidence to prove a direct correlation?

Specialty Pharmaceuticals: Therapy Class Review: Psoriasis

May 11, 2010

Rx Focus

Psoriasis affects approximately 7.5 million Americans, and patients spend up to $3.2 billion annually treating the disease. As biologics become more readily available, pharmacists have an increasing opportunity to create a specialty practice focused on psoriasis.

Top 200 Prescription Drugs of 2009

May 11, 2010

Rx Focus

Growth and demand in the pharmaceutical market was strong in 2009, even in a difficult economic climate, thanks in part to greater use of specialty pharmaceuticals. This article discusses trends in 2009, top-performing classes, and outlook for the future, and lists the top 200 drugs by sales and prescriptions dispensed for 2009.

Reducing Rosacea's Redness

May 11, 2010

Rx Focus

Rosacea, which is characterized by redness of the face, blushing, acne-like eruptions, and more, has several different treatment options based on the type of rosacea present. Return to normal skin is the primary treatment goal.

Damage Control: Protecting Skin with Sun Care Products

May 11, 2010

OTC Focus

An estimated 1 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. Pharmacists can help patients, especially those with risk factors, protect themselves from harmful UVA and UVB rays.