November 2015, Vol 3, No 11
Patient education is paramount for disease prevention, treatment, and management. Whether it is influenza immunization, prescribing a new medication, or implementing changes in diet, taking the time to explain to patients why they are taking their medication, how to take it, as well as addressing their questions about immunization or nutrition is key to achieving health and wellness goals.
"Inside Patient Care is an open forum for primary care providers to share trends in the industry and achieve professional success.” Retail pharmacy has traditionally focused on the prescription-dispensing activity as its core concentration and reason for existence. This dates back over 50 years to when druggists compounded many prescriptions, and it was a cash-based business with no third-party insurance plans.
- Retail Clinic Use Linked to Fewer ED Visits, Low Healthcare Costs
- 1 in 5 Pediatricians in the United States Dismiss Unvaccinated Families
- Prescription Use Significantly Higher Now Than a Decade Ago
- Children with Asthma Living in Low-Income Areas Benefit from Home Remediation
- Walgreens Boots Alliance to Acquire Rite Aid
ProAir RespiClick (Albuterol Sulfate): First Breath-Actuated Inhaler Approved for the Treatment or Prevention of Bronchospasm
When using any kind of medication, whether it is purchased over-the-counter or prescribed by a provider, it is important to carefully read the information and instructions on the drug label. Failure to follow and understand these instructions can be harmful to your health, and may lead to medication errors. The following tips are important considerations to follow to better understand drug labels.
Donnie Johnson, PharmD, RPh, Juan F. Mosley II, PharmD, CPH, AAHIVP, Lillian Smith, PharmD, MBA, CPH
For many years, healthcare professionals have advocated for people to receive the influenza vaccine annually. Commonly regarded as the flu, the influenza virus is a vaccine-preventable disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza and pneumonia were the eighth leading causes of death in the United States in 2011.
Despite major progress in cardiovascular research in the past 20 years, cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of death in America, with the majority of our healthcare dollars being spent at the end stage of the disease.
Medication therapy management (MTM) is defined as a distinct service or group of services that optimize therapeutic outcomes for individual patients. Pharmacists across all patient care practice sites perform MTM, and although the service(s) may be different in each setting, pharmacists are all working to improve patient care and outcomes through the MTM they provide.
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