212017Sep

Shocking Price Comparison: Generic Omeprazole vs. Omeprazole-Bicarbonate

With ever increasing drug costs, providers are prescribing generic alternatives to minimize out of pocket costs for patients and to help contain costs for the health system. As a pharmacist, I encourage generic utilization when appropriate. However, not all generic formulations are the most inexpensive therapeutic options – such as commonly prescribed generic PPI omeprazole-bicarbonate….

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242017Jul

Drug-Related Falls: Are your Elderly Patients at Risk?

Falls constitute a leading cause of injuries, hospitalizations and deaths among the elderly. Medication use is one of the most modifiable risk factors for falls and fall-related injuries. Physiological changes due to aging can significantly affect the absorption, distribution, and metabolism of drugs. These changes include a decrease in lean body mass and increased body…

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282017Jun

Five FAQs for Statin Prescribers: Managing Side Effects

Statins are one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S. and are beneficial in patients with dyslipidemias for both primary and secondary prevention of coronary heart disease. Although generally well tolerated, as with all drugs, statins can have adverse effects. One of the most commonly reported adverse effects from statin therapy includes myalgia,…

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92017May

Leaving Expensive Generics Behind

With more than 53 million people in the US affected by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), KHP providers likely prescribe treatment for this common condition every day. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have become the mainstay of therapy for long term management of GERD, particularly for patients with erosive disease. Costs for this treatment – even generic…

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242017Mar

10 Prescribing Tips to Avoid Opioid Overuse

Research suggests that as many as 1 in 4 people receiving prescription opioids long-term struggle with addiction. Providers are in a difficult position of ensuring that patients receive appropriate treatment for pain while also mitigating risks of misuse or abuse. Balancing under treatment versus over-prescribing for pain management can be challenging. The following 10 prescribing…

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152017Feb

A Prescription for Providers: Prevent Polypharmacy

As your elderly patients come to you with aches and pains, a reconciliation of current medications is critically important before you write their next prescription. Polypharmacy – the use of five or more medications to manage coexisting health problems – is becoming a significant problem. It is estimated that 30 to 40 percent of elderly…

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172016Nov

Antibiotics Aren’t Always the Answer: Tips for Helping Patients Find Value in their Visit and Co-Pay

As you already know, antibiotic resistance is an increasingly serious threat to our local communities and to global public health. So when a patient presents with symptoms of cold and flu, put something other than a prescription for antibiotics in their hands. Consider the following tips to help your patients leave feeling value for their…

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212016Oct

High Risk Meds for Seniors: Do You Prescribe These Drugs?

Are you prescribing medications to your elderly patients that may be putting them at higher risk for an adverse drug event? High risk medications (HRMs) are those identified by the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) and American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Beers Criteria that may cause adverse drug events in the elderly due to the physiological changes…

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