Pharmacist-directed education combined with prepackaging of medications increases compliance with medication schedules, leading to improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol levels among elderly patients, according to a study headed by Allen J. Taylor, MD.
The first-ever anticoagulant drug-plus-antidote system has passed initial safety trials at Duke University in Durham, N.C. The new platform combines a short nucleic acid chain that quickly blocks clotting with an antidote that removes the clotting blockage in minutes.
You don't have an e-prescribing program, but wish you could reduce the number of pharmacy calls regarding refills? Help may be on the way. Navimedix, a national company that provides web-based, health plan-sponsored administrative services, recently started offering a free service that connects physician offices online with pharmacies for prescription renewals, patient drug histories, and formulary lookups. The only thing physicians have to do is allow Navimedix to include some patient care messages from plans and disease management companies on the refill queries from pharmacies.
There's no one-size-fits-all answer, judging by your responses to our poll examining the difficulty faced by physicians caught between a frugal patient and an insurance company's rules.
When testing for osteoarthritis in the knee, be sure to take a standing radiograph, said David E.J. Bazzo, MD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine.
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