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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.…
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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…
Interview
By Julie Gould Julie Lauffenburger, PharmD, Harvard Medical School and division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how more intensive insulin-adherence interventions impact patient outcomes and highlights the challenges faced when…
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Have you experienced emotional exhaustion, feelings of cynicism and detachment from your work associated with a sense of low personal accomplishment from your employment?  You are by definition suffering from occupational burnout.1-2 A 2014 manuscript approximated that >50% of physicians…
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By Julie Gould William Fleischman, MD, MHS, director of Quality and Implementation Science at the Hackensack Meridian Health System, explains how a restrictive drug distribution program reduced the rate of TIRF prescribing and he identifies the critical role pharmacists play in patient safety.…
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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are one of the most commonly used drugs worldwide.  These agents have been associated with higher risk of acute myocardial infarction, stroke, heart failure, and renal failure.1-2 NSAID use appears to increase left ventricular end-diastolic and…
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In 2014, CVS Caremark pharmacy stores stopped selling cigarettes and other tobacco products.  There is widespread public and pharmacist support for all pharmacies to stop selling tobacco products.1 This is not surprising since tobacco kills approximately 1300 people every day.1 But what about other…
Interview
By Julie Gould A recent study, published online in JAMA Network Open, examined how opioid prescriptions changed by state between 2006 and 2017 across the United States.   According to the study findings, over the 12 years, “prescription duration increased in all states, averaging approximately 18…
Interview
By Julie Gould Jenny Lo-Ciganic, assistant professor at the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida, explains why a machine learning algorithm is beneficial for risk prediction and stratification of opioid overdoses. First, can you…
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Pharmacy can tie its professional roots to being recognized as a medical practice dating as far back as Sumerian times, around 2,000 to 1,500 BC, from which medications were prescribed.1 Even 4000+ years ago, pharmacists provided patient care which focused on optimizing medication management…
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