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Practical Issues for Pharmacists

On July 19, 2023, an EF3 tornado touched down in Rocky Mount, NC, badly damaging a Pfizer drug manufacturing facility that is responsible for producing nearly 25% of Pfizer’s sterile injectable medicines used in US hospitals. Read More ›

Early last year, Jerome Wohleb, PharmD, MBA, FASHP, Pharmacy Services Director, Bryan Medical Center, Lincoln, NE, faced a dilemma. A Nebraska Pharmacy Workforce Survey revealed a high level of burnout among pharmacists in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More ›

Own-occupation disability insurance is often a pharmacist’s best line of defense when protecting his or her income from a disabling event. Read More ›

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Foundation's Pharmacy Forecast, now in its fourth edition, serves to improve the effectiveness of leaders in hospital and health-system pharmacy practice. Read More ›

Washington, DC-The role of oncology specialty pharmacy in helping to streamline medication delivery for patients with cancer was the subject of a panel discussion that took place at the Fifth Annual Conference of the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care. Read More ›

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many patients are not aware that the medicines in their cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Read More ›

Adherence to certain strategies can aid pharmacists in successful navigation of our increasingly collaborative healthcare landscape. Read More ›

My philosophy has always been to cherish each educational opportunity or experience not only for professional development but also for personal growth. Adhering to this principle, I took advantage of every available chance to learn and grow as a pharmacy student. While in high school, I had the opportunity to transition from a grocery store cashier to a pharmacy technician after waiting for a position within the company to become available. Read More ›

With the ever-increasing cost of oncology drugs as well as patient copays, a new role was created to help patients manage their financial needs at the Southwest Cancer Center, in cooperation with the Central Pharmacy, University Medical Center, Lubbock, Texas, the county’s and Texas Tech University’s primary teaching hospital. Read More ›

Every physician has a preferred way of writing prescription instructions, and pharmacists differ in how they translate those instructions to the pill bottle. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine by Wolf and associates found that the lack of a universal medication schedule (UMS) to standardize how prescriptions are written and filled contributes to poor patient adherence and increases safety concerns. Elderly patients or those with low health literacy are more prone to confusion when trying to follow a multidrug regimen.

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