medications

Drug shortages unprecedented says ISMP

The July 29 issue of the Institute for Safe Medication Practice’s ISMP Medication Safety Alert! states that the number of drug shortages in the past few months is…

Drugs Today – November 2008

Web Exclusive! An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals at www.AmericanNurseToday.com/journal.

Eliminating copayments improves medication adherence

When Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina eliminated generic medication copayments and reduced copayments for brand-name medications, adherence to medications for diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and heart failure…

Medication adherence report gives U.S. C+

“2013 Medication Adherence in America: A National Report 2013” gives people in the U.S. with chronic medical conditions a C+ grade. The report, from the National Community Pharmacists…

New vial labeling standards released

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention has announced new standardized labeling requirements for injectable medication vials. Manufacturers can only put cautionary statements for preventing “imminent life-threatening situations” on the top…

NIH plans new center for promoting drug development

A National Institute of Health (NIH) advisory board has approved the creation of National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, a move intended to accelerate drug development. Read more…

No drugs down the drain

You can use the questions and answers below when teaching patients about proper medication disposal. Question: Why should I clean out my medicine cabinet? Answer: It’s good to…

Six more hot drugs for today and beyond

These six drug profiles, along with the six in the March issue of American Nurse Today, bring you up to date on significant advances in drug therapy.

Strategies for time-sensitive medications

An evidence-based project improved medication administration timeliness.  Takeaways: Timely administration of time-sensitive medications (within 30 minutes before or after the scheduled dose) can help prevent complications and prolonged…
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Take Note – October 2006

CDC recommends annual flu shots for children ages 2 to 4 For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is endorsing yearly flu shots…
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USP compounding standards: Prepare with care

Know the current standards. IF YOU PREPARE medications to meet unique patient needs, stop and ensure you are up to speed on United States Pharmacopeia (USP) standards to…

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