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Letter From The Editor

Over the last 7 years we have heard all about the benefits of GLP-1 analogs. One of the benefits that is often touted is the increase in first phase insulin release. In simple terms, we define this as “the quick release of insulin at the first bite of food,” but …

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July 16, 2016

When I was was doing a lot of diabetes management and pump starts, U-500 was always a fear causer for many medical professionals. Part of this came from problems with the conversion from a U-100 dose to an equivalent U-500 dose. Even though you simply divided the unit dose by …

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July 12, 2016

Pyruvate cycling pathway is a term I have not heard in many years. When I was in pharmacy school, I remember our Medicinal Chemistry professor posting a slide on the overhead, and telling us if we learned this by the end of the semester we would pass the class. Although …

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July 9, 2016

Sixteen years ago when Steve and I started this newsletter, we were sending it out to 30 pharmacists we knew. As more and more of you started subscribing and sharing our site and newsletter with others, I would sometimes sit at my desk in awe of what we had accomplished …

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July 5, 2016

This past week it seems that the genomic testing company 23&ME has been on an advertising blitz. Maybe they feel that Independence Day is a great time for people to think about their heritage. It was interesting that after one of their commercials, there was one from a large cancer …

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July 2, 2016

I just did a CE program for consultant pharmacists in Lake Mary, Florida. We were discussing the reasons why we may not try to work to perfection with our older patients. One of my colleagues brought up the 5-star ratings and how one of the measurements had to do with …

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June 28, 2016

Typically our diabetes patients have changes in vision and they totally ignore them. They blame it on age, environment, old glasses and any other excuse. We as medical professionals don’t stress the possible changes enough because we are more focused on things like neuropathy and kidney failure. This means that …

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June 25, 2016

Normally when I sit down to prepare the editor’s desk, I read through the articles we are featuring and think about what happened in the past week in the world of diabetes and healthcare; then I fashion my comments to encourage you to read our entire newsletter. This week I don’t …

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Two weeks ago, I gave a presentation to the Florida Chapter of the American Association of Consultant Pharmacists. The focus of the presentation was on the team concept for diabetes management and all the different professionals that play a role. One part of the presentation was about the new insulins …

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June 18, 2016

Most times when you get a Key Opinion Leader and well-known researcher like Dr. George Bakris to talk about trends in drugs, they want all the spotlight. In addition, they often won’t want anything to do with the business side of diabetes. However, due to the close relationship that our …

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