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ASHP publishes reports exploring pharmacy's role in future of healthcare delivery
ASHP today announced the publication of two landmark reports that articulate a futuristic vision for pharmacy practice, including expanded roles for the pharmacy enterprise in healthcare organizations. The 2021 ASHP/ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Forecast Report and the Vizient Pharmacy Network High-Value Pharmacy Enterprise (HVPE) framework, published in AJHP, outline opportunities for pharmacy leaders to advance patient-centered care, population health, and the overall well-being of their organizations (2021-02-16)

Research looks at the link between procedures and everyday practice in community pharmacy
A study published in the journal Applied Ergonomics compared the standardised processes set out for community pharmacists to follow when dispending medication to what happens in reality. A gap was revealed and researchers also looked at the reasons for this. (2021-02-03)

Genetic screening before prescribing could benefit millions
New research finds that millions of UK patients could benefit from genetic screening (cheek swab) before being prescribed common medications including antidepressants, stomach ulcer treatments and painkillers. More than 95 per cent of the population carry a genetic marker that predicts an atypical response to at least one medicine. The study looked at nine of these genetic markers, affecting 56 medicines where there are known drug-gene interactions. (2021-01-29)

The important role of pharmacists for older adults' health
Pharmacists play an important role in managing medication-based therapies for older community-dwelling patients, according to a study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. (2021-01-21)

Physician-pharmacist collaboration may increase adherence to opioid addiction treatment
A collaborative approach to treating opioid use disorder that relies heavily on community pharmacists is feasible and may increase adherence and participant satisfaction, according to a pilot study published today in Addiction. The study was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, through the NIDA Center for the Clinical Trials Network. (2021-01-11)

Simple monitoring could reduce medicine misuse in care homes
Nurse-led monitoring of patients for signs and symptoms associated with documented 'undesirable effects' of medicines has potential to prevent avoidable harm, and optimize prescribing. (2021-01-11)

UCI study first to link disparities and 'pharmacy deserts' in California
In the United States, Black, Latino and low-income communities have historically lacked nearby access to pharmacy services. To provide the first record of these 'pharmacy deserts' in Los Angeles County, a University of California, Irvine study identified communities where the nearest pharmacy was at least one mile away. (2021-01-06)

Mail-order medications often exposed to unsafe temperatures, study shows
Mail-order prescriptions shipped in standard bubble-padded envelopes during winter and summer months are likely to spend a substantial portion of time outside the recommended safe temperature range for most medications, according to research presented at the American Society for Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition. (2020-12-10)

UCI, UCSD study: People more likely to pick up prescriptions via automated kiosks
Ever see long lines at the pharmacy counter and give up on a medication, or find that the drive is just a little too long? A study by the University of California, Irvine and UC San Diego found that patients using an automated kiosk in their workplace had better prescription pickup rates without sacrificing instruction from pharmacists. (2020-12-10)

Remotely delivered program improves blood pressure, cholesterol control in 5,000 patients
A team from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Mass General Brigham Health System, led by Brigham cardiologist Benjamin Scirica, MD, MPH, developed a program that provides an end-to-end solution to improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels across a broad population of patients at high cardiovascular risk. (2020-11-17)

Best practices for mechanical ventilation in patients with ARDS, COVID-19
A team from pulmonary and critical care medicine at Michigan Medicine outlines 20 evidence-based practices shown to reduce time spent on a ventilator and death in patients with acute respiratory failure and acute respiratory distress -- conditions that have many overlaps with severe COVID-19. (2020-11-13)

Study reveals impact of COVID-19 on oncology staff and their work
A study presented at the NCRI Virtual Showcase reports the results of a survey of oncology staff on their management of patients, their wellbeing and whether they felt valued during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020-10-29)

Paracetamol poisonings up
In 2003, the painkiller paracetamol became available in Switzerland in tablets with a higher dose of the active ingredient. This correlates with an increase in cases of paracetamol poisoning in the country, as a data analysis by ETH researchers shows. (2020-10-28)

The pharmacist's role in HIV care in France
In France, antiretroviral treatment (ARV) can be dispensed by hospitals and/or community pharmacies. A recent study published in Pharmacology Research & Perspectives examined the pharmacist's role in HIV care in this country. (2020-09-10)

Blood breakdown product commandeers important enzyme
The hemoglobin in the red blood cells ensures that our body cells receive sufficient oxygen. When the blood pigment is broken down, 'heme' is produced, which in turn can influence the protein cocktail in the blood. Researchers at the University of Bonn have now discovered in complex detective work that the 'activated protein C' (APC) can be commandeered by heme. At the same time, APC can also reduce the toxic effect of heme. (2020-09-04)

COVID-19 clinical trials lack diversity
Despite disproportionately higher rates of COVID-19 infection, hospitalization and death among people of color, minority groups are significantly underrepresented in COVID-19 clinical trials. (2020-08-11)

Antibiotic allergy reporting may lead to resistance, higher costs, decreased safety
Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed medications, but in determining the most appropriate prescription for a patient, doctors and pharmacists often rely on inaccurate records of the patient's antibiotic allergies. Many records are incomplete, unclear or incorrect. (2020-07-14)

Injections are two-and-a-half times safer when nurses use revamped guidelines
Injections are two-and-a-half times safer when nurses use revamped guidelines. (2020-07-06)

Children's National Hospital quality initiative changes culture of antibiotic prescribing in NICU
A quality improvement initiative in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children's National Hospital led to a significant reduction in treatment with intravenous vancomycin, an antibiotic used for resistant gram positive infections, which is often associated with acute kidney injury. The findings, published in the journal Pediatrics, show the initiative reduceed vancomycin use in patients by 66%, and the NICU has sustained the reduction for more than a year. (2020-07-01)

Why don't confused patients call medicines helplines after discharge from hospital?
Research from the University of Bath in the UK suggests the best medicine-related support comes from hospital pharmacists, yet few discharged patients use helplines set up for this purpose. (2020-07-01)

Integrating pharmacists into general practice can optimize patient treatment
Research undertaken by RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences suggests that integrating pharmacists into general practice (GP) teams facilitates collaboration to optimise treatment plans for patients with long-term medical needs and alleviate pressures on GP practices. (2020-06-29)

Nation must prepare for COVID-19 related drug shortages
A new paper published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society examines the nation's current shortage of vitally needed medications, and how this dangerous situation is being made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors provide recommendations on how clinicians and institutions might address potential scarcities of essential medications during the current public health crisis. (2020-06-11)

Substandard hand sanitizers readily available on market, confirm pharmacists
AN INTERNATIONAL team of pharmacy experts has researched the effectiveness of hand sanitisers in the fight against CoViD-19 and warned the public to beware of sub-standard products. They have also provided detailed 'recipes' for the manufacture of effective hand sanitising gels and explained the science behind them. (2020-06-11)

Global oncology pharmacists face restricted access to essential PPE items
Oncology pharmacy practitioners around the globe are fighting to provide cancer patients high quality cancer care with increasingly limited and sometimes restricted personal protective equipment supply as well as impaired access to essential anticancer medication, according to University of California, Irvine-led study. (2020-06-08)

Half of moms-to-be at risk of preeclampsia are missing out on preventive aspirin
More than half of moms-to-be who are at risk of the dangerously high blood pressure condition, preeclampsia, are missing out on preventive aspirin treatment, says an expert in an editorial published online in Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin. (2020-05-21)

Effect of state law allowing pharmacists to dispense naloxone without prescription
Naloxone is a medication used to reverse an opioid overdose, and this study looked at how an Ohio law that allowed pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription was associated with dispensing rates. (2020-01-31)

UC study shows dramatic increase in naloxone dispensing in Ohio
A new study by pharmacy researchers at the University of Cincinnati shows a 2,328% increase in the number of naloxone prescriptions dispensed in Ohio. The increase occurred since 2015 when the Ohio General Assembly approved a law that allows pharmacists to dispense naloxone -- the life-saving medicine given to those who overdose on drugs such as heroin -- without a prescription. Researchers also found that low-employment counties had 18% more naloxone prescriptions dispensed per month compared to high employment counties. (2020-01-31)

Fewer than half of California pharmacies provide correct drug disposal info
Fewer than half of California pharmacies provided correct prescription drug disposal details, a percentage that dropped if 'secret shoppers' made their call on a weekend, according to a brief research report published online Dec. 31, 2019, in Annals of Internal Medicine. (2019-12-30)

Human consumption of fish antibiotics investigated in new study
Consumers seeking cheaper, faster access to antibiotics may be consuming antibiotics intended for treating fish rather than humans, according to research presented at the ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) 54th Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition. This consumption may lead to dangerous unintended consequences such as adverse side-effects, treatment failures, and antibiotic drug resistance. (2019-12-11)

Pharmacy assessment of penicillin allergies finds safe, less-expensive options
A pharmacy-driven assessment found more than half of patients with reported penicillin allergies were able to take antibiotics from the same drug class rather than resorting to substitutes that may be more costly, have more side effects and have other downsides. The study presented at the American Society of Health System Pharmacists Midyear meeting showed the assessments saved one hospital nearly $21,500 on 43 patients in three months. (2019-12-09)

Study prompts call for disaster-specific pharmacy legislation
Pharmacists caught up in the Australian bushfire crisis are being hampered from providing timely and effective treatment to displaced people due to outdated laws, according to QUT researchers. The legal barriers pharmacists face across Australian jurisdictions include restrictive emergency medication that only covers three days as well as vaccination and relocation limitations. (2019-12-04)

Pharmacy service will save NHS £651 million
A research team from the Universities of Manchester, Nottingham, and UCL evaluating a service delivered by pharmacists since 2011 have calculated it will save the English NHS around £651 million. (2019-12-02)

Pharmacist-led interventions may help prevent cardiovascular disease
With their expertise in the safe and effective use of medications, pharmacists can help in the management of chronic diseases. A review and analysis published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology indicates that initiatives -- such as patient education, medication review, and physical assessments -- led by pharmacists can make important contributions to the prevention of cardiovascular disease. (2019-11-28)

Gene therapy: Development of new DNA transporters
Scientists at the Institute of Pharmacy at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have developed new delivery vehicles for future gene therapies. A team of researchers led by Dr Christian Wölk are using artificial fats to transport DNA into cells. The scientists demonstrate how well this technique works in a study conducted in collaboration with pharmacists from the University of Marburg. The study has been published in 'Biomaterials Science'. (2019-11-18)

Pharmacists provide patient value in team-based care
As part of an innovative model being used at UNT Health Science Center, Dr. Cheng Yuet and three other pharmacists manage the care of patients with chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes and hypertension. (2019-10-08)

Geriatrics experts on gender equity in health care: 'When women rise, we all rise'
Putting power and potential behind gender equity in health care isn't just common sense. It's critical to the future of health, safety, and independence for us all as we age, so says the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) in a new position statement released today, International Day of Older Persons. The statement outlines strategic objectives that can help us achieve a simple truth: 'When women rise, we all rise.' (2019-10-01)

Academics call for structured drug monitoring in care homes
Swansea University academics call for policy makers, regulators and healthcare professionals to adopt a structured medicine monitoring system after research showed a positive impact on the care of people living in care homes and taking mental health medicines. (2019-09-12)

Pharmacists in the ER speed delivery of coagulation drug to bleeding patients
A first-of-its-kind study has found that when a pharmacist is present in the emergency room, patients on blood thinners who experience life-threatening bleeding receive a live-saving coagulation drug much more quickly. (2019-09-04)

Physicians slow to use effective new antibiotics against superbugs
New, more effective antibiotics are being prescribed in only about a quarter of infections by carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), a family of the world's most intractable drug-resistant bacteria, according to an analysis by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. This sluggish uptake of such high-priority antibiotics prompted the researchers to call for an examination of clinical and pharmaceutical stewardship practices across US hospitals, as well as behavioral and economic factors. (2019-08-26)

Sorting out who needs a pill sorter
Researchers have developed guidance to help prescribers and pharmacists decide which patients should use a pill organizer. The team's previous research has shown that switching to using an organizer can do more harm than good. Their new study reveals that pharmacies are giving out twice as many pill organizers as they were ten years ago. It is hoped that the guidance will help prescribers better understand which patients' health could be put at risk by using an organizer. (2019-08-07)

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