Pedestrian safety program prevents student injuries
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Fewer kids were injured during early morning and after school hours once new traffic lights, pedestrian signals and speed bumps were put around New York City schools, a new study shows. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 14, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Are you a role model for the next generation of pharmacists?
Thinking about the future of pharmacy? Remember that you serve as a role model for the next generation of pharmacists. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

NACDS Total Store Expo offers unique business opportunity in August
This year the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) is offering a one-of-a-kind business opportunity by combining its three trade shows-the Marketplace Conference, the Pharmacy and Technology Conference, and the Supply Chain & Logistics Conference-into one, Total Store Expo. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Questions are the answers
Patient noncompliance is a definite problem, but browbeating isn't the answer. Instead, ask the right questions and you might be able to figure out a solution. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

NABP action plan created to help enforce compounding regulations
Last month NABP Executive Director Carmen Catizone, MS, RPh, unveiled an action plan to inspect nonresident compounding pharmacies and create a database to share regulatory information about these pharmacies with the state boards of pharmacy nationwide. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Smoking cessation aid may increase risk of cardiovascular events
According to a recent FDA safety announcement, varenicline may pose an increased risk of cardiovascular events. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Collaboration may improve medication adherence
Collaboration between pharmacy benefit managers and community pharmacists may improve patient compliance to vital drug regimens. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

You are a pharmacist, right?
JP spins a semi-fictional account of what is wrong with chain drug stores and mail order prescriptions. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Short-cycle dispensing applies to pharmacies serving LTC
For pharmacists serving long-term care facilities, January 1st was the start date for the requirement that many Part D medications are to be dispensed in increments of no more than 14 days. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Macrovascular and microvascular complications of diabetes mellitus
To assist pharmacists in recognizing significant complications associated with diabetes to help prevent the development or progression of complications and improve diabetes care. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Walgreens receives Medical Home accreditation
Many of the primary care worksite health centers managed by Walgreens Employer Solutions Group have received Medical Home accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), the company recently announced. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Unmeasureable conversations. Priceless.
In between the pharmacist activities that can be easily measured, you might find yourself engaging in conversations with your patients. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Tempered optimism for 2013
After a few slow years, experts believe that there's reason to hope that 2013 might bring some recovery. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Healthcare provider status for pharmacists is long overdue
The time has come for pharmacists to be considered healthcare providers under the Social Security Act. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Specialization is pharmacy's future
It may seem like pharmacy has reached a very low point. One pharmacist argues that specialization could be the best way forward. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

FDA approves oral disease-modifying drug for multiple sclerosis
The FDA recently approved teriflunomide for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Heparin container labels must clearly state the total strength, according to FDA
The FDA has recently reported that heparin labels must clearly state total drug strength. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Warn about herbal supplements risk
Herbal supplements are quite popular among your patients, but too few pharmacists are taking the time to properly educate about the risks. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

New formulas fight seasonal cold, flue symptoms to help you breathe easier
A round-up of OTC products that provide relief for cold and flu symptoms. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

New products
A survey of new Rx and generic products (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Letters
Readers discuss what rights pharmacists can expect and drug disposal options. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Rivaroxaban has more indications
The FDA has increased the indications for rivaroxaban. Patients with stents who receive oral anticoagulants do not need aspirin. Low-dose aspiring has shown some ability to reduce venous thromboembolism. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

The P4P crossroads: Is hospital pharmacy leadership ready?
Pay for performance is coming to pharmacy. Is the business ready for it? (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

FDA approval addresses noninfectious diarrhea in HIV/AIDS patients
FDA?s recent approval of crofelemer (Fulyzaq, Salix Pharmaceuticals, under license from Napo Pharmaceuticals), 125-mg delayed-release tablets, the first anti-diarrheal drug for HIV/AIDS patients taking antiretroviral therapy (ART), is a significant step forward in addressing the unmet medical need of people with HIV/AIDS on ART who experience noninfectious diarrhea, which often can lead to reduced treatment compliance. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

IV acetaminophen instead of morphine for post-op pain in infants
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a Dutch study, infants who received IV acetaminophen as primary analgesic after major surgery needed far less morphine than those who received a continuous morphine infusion. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

EMS strategy change gets heart patients faster care
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) are more likely to be treated within recommended time windows when paramedics take them directly to a medical center that can perform stent procedures - even if it's not the closest hospital, according to new research from North Carolina. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Americans have worse health than people in other high-income countries, says new report
The United States spends more per capita on healthcare than any other nation, but on average, Americans die sooner and experience higher rates of disease and injury than people in other high-income countries, says a new report from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

106 new ACOs formed for those on Medicare
The formation of 106 new accountable care organizations is providing care for 4 million Medicare beneficiaries across the country, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

FDA recommends lower dose of zolpidem for patient safety
In a drug safety communication, FDA has recommended that the bedtime dose of zolpidem, for the treatment of insomnia, be lowered because new data show that blood levels in some patients may be high enough the morning after use to impair activities that require alertness, including driving. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Similar outcomes with different stents for left main coronary artery
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Outcomes of left main coronary artery disease are similar with paclitaxel- vs everolimus-eluting stents, Spanish doctors say. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Flu reaches epidemic level in U.S.
(Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Patients rarely told about medication errors
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients and their families are rarely told when hospitals make mistakes with their medicines, according to a new study. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Ticagrelor more cardioprotective than clopidogrel
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Ticagrelor is better than clopidogrel at reducing cardiovascular events - including recurrent events - in patients with acute coronary syndromes, researchers say. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Worse psychological, mental health in women on hormones
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who use hormone replacement therapy may have worse psychological well-being and mental health than similar women not using hormone therapy (HT), researchers from Finland suggest. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Spain's ruling party split over fee on medications
MADRID (Reuters) - Leaders of Spain's ruling People's Party split publicly on Friday over a controversial surcharge for prescription medicines, highlighting the difficulties in bringing a high public deficit under control. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Rilpivirine an option in some HIV patients
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Rilpivirine (RPV, Edurant) plus two nucleoside/tide reverse transcriptase inhibitors is a "valuable" option for treatment-naive HIV-1-infected adults with baseline viral load no higher than 100,000 copies/ml, AIDS researchers from France and Belgium say. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Racial and ethnic disparities revealed in recession-era healthcare usage
Many Americans lost their jobs--and their health insurance--during the past few years of recession, but a new study shows that minorities may have been hit the hardest. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Statins may limit post-CABG kidney injury
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Beginning statins before coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) may limit the risk of acute kidney injury (AKI), according to North Carolina-based researchers. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Almost one in six couples face infertility: study
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Close to one in six U.S. couples don't get pregnant after a year of trying, according to a new study. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

REFILE: Repeat botox shots appear safe, effective for bladder pain syndrome
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Repeated onabotulinum toxin A (OnabotA) injections into the trigonal area can safely relieve pain and other symptoms of bladder pain syndrome, according to a new report. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

HHS: Medicare spending hits historic low
Affordable Care Act provisions are already having a substantial effect on reducing the growth rate of Medicare spending, according to a new report issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Merck begins overseas recall of HDL cholesterol drug
Merck in December said Tredaptive did no better in the study at preventing heart attacks, deaths or strokes than traditional statin drugs that lower LDL cholesterol. (See Reuters story of December 20, 2012.) (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

FDA advisory panel backs canagliflozin for type 2 diabetes
(Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

EU agency sees no new risks with combined contraceptives
LONDON (Reuters) - European drug regulators said on Friday there was no reason for women to stop using combined contraceptives like Bayer's Meliane (gestodene plus ethinyl estradiol) or Yasmin (drospirenone plus ethinyl estradiol) since there was no new evidence pointing to safety risks. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Many children eventually outgrow milk allergy
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - By the time children with milk allergy are about five years old, most have outgrown the condition, according to findings of a large observational study. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

France will ask EU to curb use of newer birth control pills
PARIS (Reuters) - French health authorities will ask the European Union to restrict the use of newer types of contraceptive pills over concerns they might carry health risks. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

U.S. mulls tougher rules to keep 911 running
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators may require telecommunications companies to do a better job of safeguarding the 911 systems that are used to call for emergency help, according to an official at the Federal Communications Commission. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

NFL's Junior Seau had brain disease from blows to head
"The final diagnosis was findings consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy," Dr. Russell Lonser, the lead researcher on the case, told Reuters. Lonser is chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Ohio State University and led the study of Seau's brain while he was at NIH. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

High gold price increases mercury use in mining -UN
OSLO (Reuters) - High gold prices are driving up the use of toxic mercury in small-scale mining in developing nations, spreading a poison that can cause brain damage in children thousands of miles away, a U.N. study showed on Thursday. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Study finds increase in unused transplant livers
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The number of donor livers thrown away in the U.S. has increased since 2004 due - in part - to a population growing older and heavier, according to a new study that also points to changes in medical practice that may make some donor livers less viable. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news