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After stroke care initiative can significantly improve blood pressure, cholesterol
Stroke patients managed by a pharmacist had a 12.5% improvement in blood pressure and low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad" cholesterol levels compared with a control group, according to a clinical...
Pharmacist-led management of stroke patients can significantly improve blood pressure and cholesterol
Stroke patients managed by a pharmacist had a 12.5% improvement in blood pressure and low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad" cholesterol levels compared with a control group, according to a...
Medication therapy management study of home-health patients finds low-risk patients three times less likely to be admitted to hospital
Low-risk Medicare patients entering home health care who received medication therapy management by phone were three times less likely to be hospitalized within the next two months, while those at...
Nearly a third of patients fail to fill first-time prescriptions
Nearly a third of patients fail to fill first-time prescriptions, which may be important in determining clinical outcomes, according to an article published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
Prescribing errors reduced by electronic medication alerts designed with provider in mind
Changing how medication alerts are presented in electronic medical records resulted in safer prescribing, increased efficiency and reduced workload for health care providers who placed drug orders in...
Americans struggling to afford food are also skipping medications
The economy is on the up, yet a new study finds that 1 in 3 chronically ill Americans are unable to afford food, medications or both.
Healthcare leaders and clinicians demand UK primary care "revolution"
A complete primary care overhaul is needed to make integrated care a reality, clinicians have claimed in a new report from the National Primary Care Network (NPCN).
Prescription charges are keeping people with chronic conditions off work, new UK research finds
The inability of thousands of people to afford their regular prescription medication is leading to increased sick leave and poorer performance and productivity at work, and even trouble getting to...
Drug shortages continue to pose patient safety risks and challenge providers, according to survey
Drug shortages continue to challenge providers to properly care for patients while increasing America's healthcare costs, according to an updated Premier, Inc. survey.
Ability to metabolize drugs reduced by low birth weight
Researchers have identified another concern related to low birth weight - a difference in how the body reacts to drugs, which may last a person's entire life and further complicate treatment of...
Policy statement suggests ways to improve drug safety and efficacy in children
With less than half of medications including specific labeling for children, Kathleen Neville, MD, MS, a physician at Children's Mercy Hospital, recently led an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)...
Pharmacists can help address health system concerns, Australia
Concerns over rising hospital and health costs can be addressed in part by better utilising the skills of pharmacists in the provision of a range of professional services, the National President of...
Pharmacists and conscientious objection to supply of the oral contraceptive pill
Pharmacists who have a conscientious objection to providing oral contraceptives on moral or religious grounds should nevertheless always act professionally and ensure that consumers were informed as...
New study reveals the role community pharmacy should play in driving flu vaccination uptake amongst at-risk patients
A new study by the University of Nottingham and Boots UK reveals community pharmacy can play an important role in driving the uptake of flu vaccinations amongst at-risk patients, including those with...
Real-time insight into how fast a living body metabolizes drugs, opening the door to highly personalized medicine
A device that can monitor the levels of specific drugs as they flow through the bloodstream may soon take the guesswork out of drug dosing and allow physicians to tailor prescriptions to their...
Molecular nano-spies to make light work of disease detection
A world of cloak-and-dagger pharmaceuticals has come a step closer with the development of stealth compounds programmed to spring into action when they receive the signal.
Drug shortages still have major impact on patient care
According to newly published results from a survey of pharmacy directors, drug shortages remain a serious problem for patient safety.
Compounding paediatric medicines from adult preparations may result in poor content uniformity
More standardised methods are needed for the extemporaneous preparation of paediatric medicines, indicates a doctoral dissertation examined at the University of Eastern Finland.
Pharmacists' skills must be better utilised to reduce pressure on GPs in rural Australia
The skills and expertise of pharmacists must be more fully utilised to provide better health services to the community and to help reduce the growing pressures on the health budget.
Monthly appointments with pharmacists improve medication adherence
Patients are more likely to take chronic medications when they meet monthly with pharmacists to coordinate medication schedules and treatments, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University study.
Pharmacists can help prevent medicine-related problems in older Australians
NPS MedicineWise has launched a new educational activity for pharmacists to help older Australians manage their medicines safely and avoid medicines-related adverse events and hospital admissions.
Statin use significantly impacted by drug interactions
A new study has found that many people who stopped taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs were also taking an average of three other drugs that interfered with the normal metabolism of the statins.
Predicting how biological molecules interact with water
A team of biochemists and mathematicians have developed a sophisticated geometric model to predict how a biological molecule will interact with water molecules, computing the results up to 20 times...
Link between geographic patterns and death rates in US drug poisonings
A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine gives new insight into the geographic variation in drug poisoning mortality, with both urban centers and rural areas showing a...
Anti-parasite drugs may treat cancer, immune diseases
Older drugs for parasitic infections may have potential as treatments for cancer and immune-related diseases because of their ability to switch genes on and off.