September 2018 Immunization

Dispensing Medications and Offering Vaccinations: How Brown Bagging Can Bring Clarity

October 03, 2018

Brown Bag Consult

Brown-bag consults can be essential educational and safety tools to measure and ensure quality care. By asking patients to bring in all their current medications, including OTC, mail-order, specialty, and herbal products, pharmacists can guarantee appropriate and up-to-date care.

New and Novel HIV Medications

September 30, 2018

Infectious Disease Watch

Combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) has greatly reduced HIV-associated morbidity and mortality and improved the quality of life for those living with HIV.

When Complying With a Law Enforcement Request Causes Problems

September 27, 2018

Legal Focus

A pharmacist receives a fraudulent prescription for a controlled substance. A police officer asks the pharmacist to dispense the drug, so the offender can be arrested. Does honoring the prescription justify firing the pharmacist? Can the pharmacist recover damages under the state’s whistle-blower law?

Linezolid and Serotonin Syndrome

September 23, 2018

Drug Interactions

The antibacterial agent linezolid is a nonselective inhibitor of monoamine oxidase (MAO), and when it is combined with serotonergic agents, it has been associated with serotonin syndrome. A recent case of serotonin syndrome was reported with concur- rent use of linezolid and methadone.

Naloxone Training Videos Highlight Pharmacist's Role in Combating Opioid Overdose

September 22, 2018

Others

Amid the opioid overdose epidemic, Pharmacy Times has launched a series of training videos aimed at educating pharmacists about the role of naloxone, an opioid antagonist indicated for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose, in combating the crisis.

Why Vaccines Work

September 20, 2018

Feature Focus

Edward Jenner created the first vaccine to protect against smallpox in the 1790s.1 Since then, the pathway to effective and safe vaccines has not been direct or easy, yet millions of lives have been saved, proving that vaccines, in general, are powerful medical interventions.1

Improving Health Across Rural America

September 20, 2018

From the Chairman

Rural communities throughout the united states are at the heart of what makes this nation thrive, yet far too often the residents of these areas lack access to the health care they need. Residents of rural communities account for 20% of the US population, but just 10% of physicians practice in these areas, limiting patient interaction with primary care providers.

Recharging the Immune System With Supplements

September 19, 2018

OTC Focus

The immune system is essential for our survival and has several critical functions that protect the human body, It guards against damage, disease, and infectious organisms, including bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses in the environment.

Study: Use of Generic Combination Drugs Could Have Drastically Reduced Medicare Spending

August 29, 2018

Generic Times News

Spending for the 10 most expensive brand name combination drugs could have been reduced by an estimated $2.7 billion between 2011 and 2016 if lower-cost generics had been prescribed, according to researchers.