Rx-To-OTC Trends Heating Up: Teamwork and Technology A Must

TweetFebruary 24, 2015 A recent on-line article in Pharmacy Times1 has reported that the Rx to OTC movement is generating increasing momentum.  The author states that in 2010 alone over 240 million Americans spent approximately $23 billion on OTC medications.  With a reported 6:1 return on investment (ROI) in avoided health care system costs, this […] read more

On February 24th, 2015, posted in: Drug Interactions, Older Adults, OTCs, Self Medication, Uncategorized by

Medication Adherence: Why Is It So Hard, What Is It Worth, What Does It Cost?

TweetFebruary 15, 2015 A recent study published by Hutchins et al. in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes is causing a buzz on news sites and blogs.  Paraphrasing some of the headlines we have seen: “Many prefer an early death to pill taking” and “Some patients willing to pay almost $1500 to avoid taking […] read more

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OTCs: It’s Not Just What, It’s When. Timing is Everything.

TweetFebruary 9, 2015 Levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levoxyl and generics) is the most commonly prescribed drug in the US. Osteoporosis is a common co-morbid condition with hypothyroidism among older females, who also often exhibit iron-deficiency anemia as well.  So what happens in the real world when patients are also medicating with calcium and iron supplements? A 2015 […] read more

On February 10th, 2015, posted in: OTCs, Self Medication by

Warfarin Interactions. We Should Be Worrying More About OTCs Than Spinach.

TweetJanuary 26, 2015 Newer oral anticoagulant medications that do not have troublesome drug-drug and drug-food interactions may offer alternatives for some patients with certain conditions; however they are pricey, leaving warfarin to continue as the most commonly prescribed anticoagulant. Patients initiated on warfarin are typically warned about two things: 1) use acetaminophen for pain or […] read more

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One-in-Four Americans Purposefully Misuse Prescription Drugs.

TweetAugust 10, 2014 Author Michael Johnsen reports in Drug Store News that a new national survey by FindLaw.com reports that as many as 24% of survey respondents report that they have either taken a medication prescribed for someone else, or have given their own prescription to someone else.  When we read a statistic like that […] read more

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