October 2018 Diabetes

There Is an App for That

October 20, 2018

Health and Wellness

In spring 2018, the FDA approved the Dexcom G6 CGM System, an integrated continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system for those with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who are as young as 2 years.

Valproic Acid and Carbapenem Antibiotics Interaction

October 18, 2018

Drug Interactions

The combined use of valproic acid and a carbapenem is likely to occur in patients with central nervous system infections resulting from head trauma or surgical procedures; serious systemic infections, including pneumonia; and generalized seizure disorders.

Saturated Fat and Cardiovascular Disease

October 17, 2018

Feature Focus

Interest in dietary fat and its effects on cardiovascular disease date to the 1930s, when animal experiments indicated that dietary cholesterol contributed to an elevated serum cholesterol level, which resulted in the development of atherosclerosis.

An Unsafe Practice: Reuse of Prefilled Saline Flush

October 16, 2018

Medication Safety

Unsafe injection practices have affected over 150,000 patients since 2001 and have led to more than 50 documented outbreaks of bacterial infections or viral hepatitis, according to the CDC.

Kentucky Bans Pharmacy Gag Clauses

October 14, 2018

Legal Focus

Imagine a patient walking into your pharmacy with a new prescription from a physician appointment that day. After the technicians process the prescription and the pharmacist has reviewed everything, the patient is ready to be checked out.

Handling Prior Authorization Requests: Revisited on Appeal

October 13, 2018

Legal Focus

When a trial court judge rules that a claim of negligence against a pharmacy should be dismissed and the plaintiffs appeal, what will the state’s highest court decide is the appropriate outcome?

Medical Marijuana in Ohio

October 12, 2018

Legal Focus

With medical marijuana scheduled to be sold in ohio as early as December, the situation will get interesting, to say the least, as qualifying prescribers will not be writing prescriptions but providing “recommendations.”

Have You Heard of "The Wave"? The University of Iowa Does It on a Grand Scale

October 01, 2018

Editor's Note

Stead Family Children’s Hospital was built on a tiny piece of real estate between the main campus of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) and Kinnick Stadium, home to the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.

Celebrating Pharmacists

October 01, 2018

From the Chairman

October once again marks American Pharmacists Month, and given the significant impact that pharmacists make on their patients’ health, there is certainly much to celebrate.