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In this 3-part series, Mark Munger, PharmD, highlights the impact pharmacy benefit managers have on community pharmacies. In part 1, Dr Munger provides details on why he believes PBMs are directly or indirectly contributing to the closure of community pharmacies. Throughout America community…
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Electronic smart speaker systems are having a significant impact on our society. In just a few years, these devices have changed the way many of us play music, cook, shop, listen to news, and check the weather. Many of us have accepted this technology into our homes. and are willing to accept the…
Commentary
Sleep is an important part of our daily routine.1 We spend about one-third of our time sleeping, and getting enough sleep is necessary for survival.  Sleep is important to many systems in your body including the brain, heart, and lungs to metabolism, immune function, mood, and disease resistance.  …
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To what extent is a pharmacy liable for harm that a patient causes to others while the patient is using medication provided by the pharmacy? In other words, can a pharmacy owe a duty of care to a third party based on the pharmacy’s relationship with the patient? This is the question that arose…
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Earlier this year I wrote about the potential of “hacking” personal data with a new FDA-approved digitized respiratory inhaler ProAir® Digihaler TM (albuteral 117 mcg). Recently, the FDA approved another digitized respiratory inhaler for the treatment of asthma in patients 12 years of age or older—…
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Heart failure is a life-threatening disease, affecting approximately 26 million persons worldwide, and is considered to be a major health priority.1 As such, changes in the phenotypic presentation of heart failure must be studied, identified, and addressed.  Over the past three decades, preserved…
Interview
By Julie Gould According to recent study findings, vitamin D supplementation did not reduce major adverse cardiovascular events, individual cardiovascular disease (CVD) end points, or all-cause mortality. These findings were published online in JAMA Cardiology. “Observational studies have…
Commentary
The outpatient world of pharmaceutical care has been a difficult road to navigate. Although there are many challenges for pharmacists in this world, one of the major setbacks is financial compensation for services. We as pharmacists have provided “free service” for generations and it is time we are…
Commentary
In the past, we have looked at the issue of defamation IN the pharmacy, where pharmacy staff made a comment about a physician. This month we look at something entirely different – defamation OF a pharmacy, which resulted in the pharmacy shutting down and the pharmacist-owner losing his livelihood.…
Commentary
Advances in technology continue to surprise us all. From smart phones, smart speaker systems, security systems and more. These devices continue to evolve and change our lives for the better. Although we have welcomed this technology in our workplace and home it doesn’t come without some cost. Over…
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