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How to Stay HIPAA Compliant on Social Media

Friday, June 17, 2016 2:28:14 PM America/Chicago

how-to-stay-hippa-compliant-on-social-mediaPharmacogenomics promises to provide a number of benefits that will allow both physicians and pharmacies to improve the quality of patient care. Conventional methods for prescribing medications often utilize a trial and error approach, one that requires pharmacists to educate patients regarding various side-effects and drug interactions and leaving physicians with no other option but to reassess results and effects in order to alter and adjust a treatment strategy.

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Posted in Pharmacy By Emily Thompson

How Pharmacogenomics Will Affect the Pharmacy Industry

Friday, June 10, 2016 3:57:41 PM America/Chicago

 

how-pharmocogenomics-will-affect-the-pharmacy-industryPharmacogenomics promises to provide a number of benefits that will allow both physicians and pharmacies to improve the quality of patient care. Conventional methods for prescribing medications often utilize a trial and error approach, one that requires pharmacists to educate patients regarding various side-effects and drug interactions and leaving physicians with no other option but to reassess results and effects in order to alter and adjust a treatment strategy.

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How To Improve Pharmacy Dispensing Accuracy

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 7:00:00 AM America/Chicago

pharmacy-dispensing-accuracyPreventable medication error is a leading cause of mortality in the United States, with more than one-fifth of all errors caused by inaccuracies and oversights during the pharmacy dispensing process. Finding effective ways to improve dispensing accuracy ensures that pharmacies will able to better serve their patients while reducing the risk of filling prescriptions with the wrong medication or dosage.

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Three Tips for Independent Pharmacies to Increase Doctor Referrals

Thursday, April 7, 2016 7:30:00 AM America/Chicago

increase-doctor-referralsIncreasing doctor referrals can provide independent pharmacies with a larger and more robust customer base. While improving customer service may lead to increased revenue through repeat purchases and higher volumes of future transactions, the following tips to increase doctor referrals are often essential for independent pharmacies seeking to attract and acquire the new customers needed to ensure greater commercial success in the future.

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New FDA Approved Seizure treatment for Epilepsy Patients

Friday, March 11, 2016 2:48:53 PM America/Chicago

New FDA Approved Seizure treatment for Epilepsy patientsThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration have given approval for the seizure treatment drug brivaracetam (Briviact), which was developed and tested by UCB, Inc. It has been approved for partial onset seizures (POS) and is to be used as an adjunctive medication for patients who are 16 and older.

The medication has been approved as a seizure treatment based on the data from three late-stage trials involving 1,550 people who were between the ages of 16 and 80. The trials were performed at 206 sites in North and South America, Asia, and Europe.

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USP Publishes Chapter <800>

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 3:13:52 PM America/Chicago

On February 1, 2016, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) published a new chapter to be added to the United States Pharmacopeia-National Formulary (USP-NF). USP <800> Hazardous Drugs – Handling in Healthcare Settings focuses on reducing exposure to hazardous drugs for healthcare workers and the environment. This chapter will especially affect all healthcare professionals and institutions involved in the handling, storage, or administration of hazardous drugs.

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New Law Allows Texas Pharmacists to Administer Epinephrine

Friday, January 22, 2016 3:20:00 PM America/Chicago

Texas-Law-Allows-Pharmacists-to-Administer-EpinephrineAnaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can be fatal. It may be triggered by allergies to foods, insect bites or stings, medications, latex or various other allergic triggers. The reaction can occur quickly after the exposure to the allergen. Recognizing the essence of time in these medical emergencies, Texas made it legal for Texas pharmacists to administer epinephrine.

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Importance of Sterile Pharmaceutical Supplies

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 4:03:07 PM America/Chicago

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PharmTech has reported that an estimate of one out of every 100,000 drug containers contains a contaminant, which results in approximately 30,000 accidents in the US due to contaminated drugs. They further state that there are two distinct categories of contamination related to injectable drugs, and these statistics are solely related to single events that occur throughout the US and not representative of other infections seen in outbreak episodes affecting several patients.

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Tis the Season of Obesity

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 4:11:00 PM America/Chicago

Obesity-in-AmericaDespite the efforts of medical, social, and government officials, even First Lady Michelle Obama, the number of obese Americans is shockingly still increasing.  A staggering 38 percent of American adults are obese, up from what was already an alarming rate of 30 percent in 1999.

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How To Prep for a Holiday Pharmacy Robbery

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 8:29:11 AM America/Chicago

pharmacy sign robbery holidaysYear-on-year pharmacy crime, including armed robberies, is trending upwards.  Last year’s robberies increased by 16 percent to 839, and based on Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) statistics, that number is projected to increase this year by another 9 percent. 

With the approach of the holidays, when robberies of all stripes jump by 18 percent above the national monthly average, now is the time to ensure that your staff and your facility, whether you are a supplier or an independent retailer, is prepared to avoid tragedy.

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