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Oct. 28, 2017

The use of GLP-1 agonists just got easier. For the past couple of years, if your patient’s formulary paid for Trulicity, they had an easy time administering their dose. Adherence was improved because no mixing was necessary and you didn’t have to stare at the needle. Now Bydureon joins the …

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Oct. 24, 2017

It is not unusual for many of us to begin to take things about diabetes for granted and forget to share some information with our patients. After showing many people how to use an insulin pen, medical professionals often will forget little things like taking the cap off of the …

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Oct 21, 2017

This week insulin takes a front row in treating diabetes with the information on a new super rapid insulin. This insulin, discussed in this week’s item 2,  gives flexibility at meal time that has been lacking for a lot of patients. Also, as Animas leaves the insulin pump market, a …

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Oct 17, 2017

There was a time when diabetes was defined as a simple lack of insulin, and when 14 year old Leonard Thompson received the first injection of insulin as a treatment for type 1 diabetes in Toronto, Ontario, on January 11, 1922,  supposedly the cure was found. We know almost 100 …

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Oct. 14, 2017

When I made the move from retail pharmacist to diabetes educator I had the opportunity to spend more time with patients and clinicians. Often the prescribers would express their frustration because they would constantly add on more medications with no improvement in results. Whenever I heard this frustration I would …

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Oct 12, 2017

When we talk about children and young adults and type 1 diabetes, we often put most of our focus on preventing hypoglycemia. This is likely the one symptom of diabetes that keeps many patients and their parents from reaching the prescribed target. Part of this occurs because of the child’s irregular …

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Oct. 10, 2017

For years, we have pretty much put every patient with diabetes on a statin. In fact, HEDIS guidelines mandate that Medicare patients have to be on a statin in order for a plan to get a 5-star rating. But we all know the potential dangers that we expose patients to …

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Oct. 7, 2017

I first got my CDE back in 2004. Before that I was the proud holder of a certificate from the Lifescan Pharmacist Diabetes education program that they were offering to us in Milpitas, CA. After I became a CDE, I desperately wanted to become a pump trainer. I talked to …

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Oct. 3, 2017

In 1999 I had the unique opportunity to work as an Eckerd Patient Care Pharmacist. We had a grant to see how much impact we could have on patient care as a pharmacist. There were 15 of us across the country who were trained to manage patients full time. I …

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Sept. 30, 2017

This week there was a lot of press about Abbott getting approval for their CGMS, the Libre Flash System (see item #5). The best part about this approval is the hope that there will be be more competition among the manufacturers, lower prices and increased third party coverage. This would be good based on the information we have …

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