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Letter from the Editor, #771

Novo spent a lot of time on studies and research on liraglutide as a weight loss product. Saxenda was approved in December 2014, and they are starting to gain market traction. The question comes to mind — if you give a diabetes drug to an non- or pre-diabetes patient, do ...

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Editor’s Note, DCMS #230

We often take insulin for granted and reach in the fridge to start a patient on this drug without a lot of hesitation. But have you ever considered what it takes to make insulin, or how subtle differences in production can have big consequences? This week, we start a new Homerun ...

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Letter from the Editor, #770

We all know the definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same results." Nowhere has this been more true than in medicine. Thirty-five years ago, the "experts" decided that if you ate cholesterol it would raise LDL and Total Cholesterol, and the ...

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Editor’s Note, DCMS #229

This week’s Clinical Mastery Series newsletter is chock full of great information to help with your patients. First we wrap up our killer Homerun Slides series on DME. Next up is Part 1 of the latest in insulin management techniques from Practical Diabetes Care. Our Disaster Averted works quite well with ...

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Letter from the Editor, #769

No matter how you want to analyze it there is an impeding explosion in diabetes care and also in how much it will cost. Part of this is addressed by paying clinicians to deliver patient interactions via the internet. Although early studies seem to show an improvement in the care ...

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Editor’s Note, DCMS #228

Have you had patients come to your office with the latest and greatest thing for "curing" diabetes? Not a day goes by without someone showing me a new way to lose weight and fix their diabetes. But the real question is, are these fixes really working or is the problem ...

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Letter from the Editor, #768

When we do a diabetes education program for patients we always talk about food choices. The overwhelming key to success is not to give people impossible goals to follow and try to restrict everything they can have. Having them cut portions down too much will lead to failure over the ...

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Editor’s Note, DCMS #227

Ten years ago when a patient checked into the hospital for severe hypo- or hyperglycemia we took the attitude that if we could get them back to normal and get them home then our job was done. That was before we knew how many other medications affected glucose levels and how ...

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Letter from the Editor, #767

I was working in the pharmacy and my technician attempted to process a prescription for a 71 y/o patient for glyburide 5 mg. The claim kept rejecting as "drug not covered, prior authorization requested." This made no sense to her or the intern as it is a cheap generic medication. ...

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Editor’s Note, DCMS #226

Today I was working with two patients to convert them from sliding scale and mixed insulin to basal/bolus dosing. As I was going over the reasons for making the change and the responsibilities they would have, we got stuck at glucose monitoring. I finally got their attention when I told ...

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