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Pharmacists Making a Difference

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Fewer Errors in Hospitals When Pharmacists Are Involved Researchers reported last week at the conference of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists that, when pharmacists lead the medication reconciliation effort, providers see more accurate, complete, and up-to-date patient information at the time of hospital admission and discharge.

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Avandia, Not Coumadin — Coumadin, Not Avandia

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From our partners at ISMP (Institute for Safe Medication Practices) – Last week the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified health professionals about their determination that recent data for rosiglitazone-containing drugs, such as Avandia, combination products (Avandaryl [rosiglitazone and glimepiride] and Avandamet [rosiglitazone and metformin]), and generics, do not show an increased …

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Influenza Vaccine – Shake Well!

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From our partners at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices – This is the season where we recommend that patients with diabetes get vaccinated for the flu virus. Patients can usually get the flu vaccine at their doctor’s office, clinics, and even at drug stores. But both patients and medical …

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