How Pharmacists Can Lead an Opioid Exit Plan

Managing post-op pain is a team effort—and who better to lead the team than a medication expert?

from ModernMedicine

A paper in JAPhA highlights the important role pharmacists can play in leading an opioid exit plan (OEP). The paper, “Opioid exit plan: A pharmacist’s role in managing acute postoperative pain,” is a case study of how the pain management team at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI, operates. St. Joseph’s developed a pharmacist-led OEP that has been successful in helping to manage postoperative pain and provide patient education.

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Diabetes and Rural Areas: Pharmacists Identify Neuropathy

The incidence of diabetes is 17% higher in rural areas than it is in cities.

from Pharmacy Times

Diabetes is quickly becoming a rural problem in the United States, where its incidence has been reported to be 17% higher in rural areas than in cities. Patients in rural areas who have diabetes often have lower access to care and are more likely to be uninsured, hospitalized, or poor. Nationally, between 28% and 45% of patients who have diabetes develop diabetic neuropathy, which often leads to unregulated glycemic control if left untreated.

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1st Pharmacy Tech Administers Immunization

In March, Idaho passed the first law in the U.S. allowing pharmacy technicians to administer immunizations.

from Drug Store News

An Albertsons pharmacy technician has become the first in the nation to administer an immunization to a patient. The new ability for the technician is the product of new law in Idaho brought about by a partnership between Albertsons and Washington State University College of Pharmacy, who worked together to develop the first pilot program to train pharmacy technicians to provide immunizations with permission from the Idaho board of pharmacy.

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The World’s 10 Most Expensive Medications

From a $1.2M gene therapy to a $450K lymphoma med, these are the 10 priciest medications out there.

from FiercePharma

FiercePharma takes a look at the ten priciest medications, including a treatment for lipoprotein lipase deficiency (Glybera, $1.21 million per year), a treatment for urea cycle disorders (Ravicti, $793,632), a therapy used to treat Pompe disease (Lumizyme, $626,400), and more.

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Finding Humor in Pharmacy Work

Coworkers and patients can offer a source of camaraderie and humor, if we only focus on finding it.

from Pharmacy Times

Sometimes the workload and expectations of pharmacists can be enormous. Add to that unexpected obstacles and frustrations. It’s easy to become irritable and grumpy at work. However, I would like to offer an antidote to that path. I’d like to suggest instead focus on the positives. Count your blessings. See the workload as job security and comfortable wages.

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Case Study: When Chronic Pain Leads to a Dangerous Addiction

How did an educated, elderly engineer wind up with a heroin habit?

from Scientific American

It was 4 P.M., and Andrew* had just bought 10 bags of heroin. In his kitchen, he tugged one credit-card-sized bag from the rubber-banded bundle and laid it on the counter with sacramental reverence. Pain shot through his body as he pulled a cutting board from the cabinet. Slowly, deliberately, he tapped the bag’s white contents onto the board and crushed it with the flat edge of a butter knife, forming a line of fine white powder. He snorted it in one pass and shuffled back to his armchair. It was bitter, but snorting heroin was safer than injecting, and he was desperate: his prescription pain medication was gone.

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The Bright Future of Pharmacies

The rapid development of medical technology affects every aspect of medicine and healthcare—even pharmacies are not immune.

from The Medical Futurist

Although pharmacies play a key role in the healing process, the impression of patients about pharmacists and their drug store is often that they offer a type of commercial/business-like service. The doctor prescribes the appropriate medicine with the appropriate instructions, and the pharmacist provides it in exchange for money. A clear business.

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