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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923641/expanded-pharmacy-technician-roles-accepting-verbal-prescriptions-and-communicating-prescription-transfers
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Timothy P Frost, Alex J Adams
As the role of the clinical pharmacist continues to develop and advance, it is critical to ensure pharmacists can operate in a practice environment and workflow that supports the full deployment of their clinical skills. When pharmacy technician roles are optimized, patient safety can be enhanced and pharmacists may dedicate more time to advanced clinical services. Currently, 17 states allow technicians to accept verbal prescriptions called in by a prescriber or prescriber's agent, or transfer a prescription order from one pharmacy to another...
November 29, 2016: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904743/frontline-worker-perceptions-of-medication-safety-in-india
#2
Sangeeta Sharma, Fauzia Tabassum, Sarbjeet Khurana, Kaveri Kapoor
BACKGROUND: To explore interprofessionals' perceptions about patient safety, particularly medication safety and associated factors and barriers. METHODS: A total of 389 respondents were recruited using convenience sample in the cross sectional survey. RESULTS: Medication safety was perceived as somewhat safe (60%). One-third of respondents witnessed 3-4 or more medication errors (MEs) within the past 1 year. Out of that, one quarter were reportedly, sentinel events...
December 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893596/pharmacists-knowledge-and-practices-surrounding-expedited-partner-therapy-for-chlamydia-trachomatis-new-york-city-2012-and-2014
#3
Amanda Reid, Meighan E Rogers, Vibhuti Arya, Zoe R Edelstein, Julia A Schillinger
BACKGROUND: Health care providers in New York City can prescribe treatment for Chlamydia trachomatis (Ct) for a patient's partner without the partner having a medical evaluation ("prescription-expedited partner therapy" [EPT]), and use of prescription-EPT is common. However, there is little known about pharmacists' knowledge and practices surrounding EPT. METHODS: Two cross-sectional surveys, in 2012 and 2014, were conducted with representative samples of supervising pharmacists in NYC neighborhoods with high rates of Ct infection...
November 2016: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883003/opportunities-to-develop-the-professional-role-of-community-pharmacists-in-the-care-of-patients-with-asthma-a-cross-sectional-study
#4
Kim Watkins, Aline Bourdin, Michelle Trevenen, Kevin Murray, Peter A Kendall, Carl R Schneider, Rhonda Clifford
There are many indications in Australia and globally that asthma management is suboptimal. Ideally, patients need to proactively self-manage the condition with the support of health professionals. Community pharmacists are a highly accessible resource for patients but currently provide inconsistent services. General practitioners also face many barriers to the provision of chronic disease management for asthma patients. The aim of this research was to characterise patients with asthma who present to community pharmacy...
November 24, 2016: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882650/a-qualitative-assessment-of-west-virginia-pharmacist-activities-and-attitude-in-diabetes-management
#5
Aymen Shatnawi, David A Latif
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The role of pharmacists in chronic disease state management has been shown to significantly improve patient health outcomes and reduce overall health care costs. The current study is designed to assess the roles and attitudes of West Virginia (WV) pharmacists toward diabetes, evaluate services provided, address pharmacist clinical understanding and training, and demonstrate the challenges that limit pharmacists ability to deliver an efficient disease state management...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881996/quality-of-drug-stores-storage-practices-regulatory-compliance-in-karachi-pakistan
#6
Syed Shaukat Ali Muttaqi Shah, Baqar Shyum Naqvi, Mashhad Fatima, Asif Khaliq, Abdul Latif Sheikh, Muhammad Baqar
OBJECTIVE: To assess and evaluate the drug storage quality and regulatory compliance among privately operated drug stores of Karachi Pakistan. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of drug stores located in Karachi was conducted from May to December 2013. A total of 1003 drug stores that were involved in the sales, purchase and dispensing of pharmaceutical products were approached by non-probability purposive sampling technique, and the information was collected using a close ended, structured questionnaire...
September 2016: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877021/medicine-related-services-in-community-pharmacy-public-preferences-for-pharmacy-attributes-and-promotional-methods-and-comparison-with-pharmacists-perceptions
#7
Shivaun M Gammie, Ruth M Rodgers, Ruey Leng Loo, Sarah A Corlett, Janet Krska
BACKGROUND: Public awareness of pharmacy services designed to support the use of medicines is low, yet little is known about how the public view promotion of these services, or their preferences for the attributes of pharmacies from which they would like to receive them. OBJECTIVE: To compare the public's preferred attributes of pharmacies and methods for promoting medicine-related services with community pharmacists' perceptions of their customers' views. METHODS: Parallel surveys were conducted in South East England, using a street survey for the general public and a postal survey for community pharmacists...
2016: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876529/comparison-of-community-and-hospital-pharmacists-attitudes-and-behaviors-on-medication-error-disclosure-to-the-patient-a%C3%A2-pilot-study
#8
ChungYun Kim, Jennifer L Mazan, Ana C Quiñones-Boex
OBJECTIVES: To determine pharmacists' attitudes and behaviors on medication errors and their disclosure and to compare community and hospital pharmacists on such views. METHODS: An online questionnaire was developed from previous studies on physicians' disclosure of errors. Questionnaire items included demographics, environment, personal experiences, and attitudes on medication errors and the disclosure process. An invitation to participate along with the link to the questionnaire was electronically distributed to members of two Illinois pharmacy associations...
November 19, 2016: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871324/factors-affecting-the-delivery-of-community-pharmacist-led-medication-reviews-evidence-from-the-medscheck-annual-service-in-ontario
#9
Petros Pechlivanoglou, Lusine Abrahamyan, Linda MacKeigan, Giulia P Consiglio, Lisa Dolovich, Ping Li, Suzanne M Cadarette, Valeria E Rac, Jonghyun Shin, Murray Krahn
BACKGROUND: Medication reviews have become part of pharmacy practice across developed countries. This study aimed to identify factors affecting the likelihood of eligible Ontario seniors receiving a pharmacy-led medication review called MedsCheck annual (MCA). METHODS: We designed a cohort study using a random sample of pharmacy claims for MCA-eligible Ontario seniors using linked administrative data from April 2012 to March 2013. Guided by a conceptual framework, we constructed a generalized-estimating-equations model to estimate the effect of patient, pharmacy and community factors on the likelihood of receiving MCA...
November 21, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855723/exceeding-the-recruitment-target-in-a-primary-care-paediatric-trial-an-evaluation-of-the-choice-of-moisturiser-for-eczema-treatment-comet-feasibility-randomised-controlled-trial
#10
Kingsley Powell, Victoria J Wilson, Niamh M Redmond, Daisy M Gaunt, Matthew J Ridd
BACKGROUND: Recruiting to target in randomised controlled trials of investigational medicinal products (CTIMPs) in primary care and paediatric populations is notoriously difficult. More evidence is needed for effective recruitment strategies in these settings. We report on the impact of different recruitment strategies used in the Choice of Moisturiser in Eczema Treatment (COMET) study - a feasibility trial comparing the effectiveness of four emollients for the treatment of childhood eczema - recruiting via general practitioner (GP) surgeries...
November 17, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852287/development-of-an-intervention-to-improve-appropriate-polypharmacy-in-older-people-in-primary-care-using-a-theory-based-method
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Cathal A Cadogan, Cristín Ryan, Jill J Francis, Gerard J Gormley, Peter Passmore, Ngaire Kerse, Carmel M Hughes
BACKGROUND: It is advocated that interventions to improve clinical practice should be developed using a systematic approach and intervention development methods should be reported. However, previous interventions aimed at ensuring that older people receive appropriate polypharmacy have lacked details on their development. This study formed part of a multiphase research project which aimed to develop an intervention to improve appropriate polypharmacy in older people in primary care. METHODS: The target behaviours for the intervention were prescribing and dispensing of appropriate polypharmacy to older patients by general practitioners (GPs) and community pharmacists...
November 16, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825369/-making-the-invisible-visible-through-alcohol-screening-and-brief-intervention-in-community-pharmacies-an-australian-feasibility-study
#12
H Laetitia Hattingh, Jonathan Hallett, Robert J Tait
BACKGROUND: Screening and brief interventions (SBI) for alcohol related problems have been shown to be effective in health settings such as general practice or emergency departments. Recent data from the United Kingdom and New Zealand suggest that SBI can be delivered through community pharmacies, but this approach has not been tested in Australia. This study assesses the feasibility of delivering alcohol SBI via community pharmacists. METHOD: We recruited five pharmacies and developed an SBI training package to be delivered by pharmacy staff, who screened consumers and delivered the brief intervention where appropriate...
November 8, 2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756925/net-income-of-pharmacy-faculty-compared-to-community-and-hospital-pharmacists
#13
Marie A Chisholm-Burns, Justin Gatwood, Christina A Spivey, Susan E Dickey
Objective. To compare the net cumulative income of community pharmacists, hospital pharmacists, and full-time pharmacy faculty members (residency-trained or with a PhD after obtaining a PharmD) in pharmacy practice, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, pharmacology, and social and administrative sciences. Methods. Markov modeling was conducted to calculate net projected cumulative earnings of career paths by estimating the costs of education, including the costs of obtaining degrees and student loans. Results...
September 25, 2016: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729683/usp-800-key-considerations-and-changes-for-health-systems
#14
EDITORIAL
Priya Sahadeo, Robert J Weber
On March 28, 2014, The United States Pharmacopeia and The National Formulary (USP-NF) published USP General Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs-Handling in Healthcare Settings, as open for public comment in the USP Pharmacopeial Forum (PF) 40(3). Pharmacy directors must be proactive in understanding the impact that USP <800> will have on their processes for preparing sterile products. USP General Chapter <797> pertains to the compounding of both hazardous and nonhazardous drugs. USP <800> serves as a new standard to guide the handling of hazardous drugs in order to protect patients, health care personnel, and the environment...
November 2015: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27686978/collaboration-between-pharmacists-and-general-practitioners-in-the-health-care-system-in-the-islamic-republic-of-iran
#15
F Hashemian, F Emadi, E Roohi
Collaboration between pharmacists and general practitioners (GPs) has been shown to enhance patient care and outcomes. The aim of the present study was to investigate the collaborative working relationship between pharmacists and GPs in terms of their attitudes, role perceptions, experience with collaborative practice, preferred method of communication, areas of current and further collaboration, and perceived barriers to interprofessional collaboration in a sample of the Iranian population. We distributed 318 questionnaires to community pharmacists and GPs in Tehran...
2016: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, la Revue de Santé de la Méditerranée Orientale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27677236/-amoxicillin-and-paracetamol-dosing-in-children-playing-safe
#16
B Peters, E G P M de Bont, J W L Cals
Amoxicillin and paracetamol are the two most widely prescribed and recommended medicines in children. Due to lack of scientific evidence of the most effective dosage, dosing instructions of both medicines are often unclear. In this article we challenge general practitioners, paediatricians, child-health clinic physicians, ENT specialists, pharmacists and guideline committees to critically evaluate the current dosing instructions of these two medicines. The Netherlands paediatric formulary, the Kinderformularium, should become the primary formulary for children in the Netherlands, but it has to be more in line with daily practice, and basic dosing instructions should be less ambiguous: (a) dosing instructions based on body weight instead of age; b) in case of pain, paracetamol should be given 60 mg/kg/day in four divided doses; (c) in case of common uncomplicated infections, amoxicillin should be given orally 60 mg/kg/day in two divided doses; (d) the following should be mentioned on the antibiotic prescription: the daily dose, the number of divided doses, the duration of therapy, the indication for the prescription, and the child's weight...
2016: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27671420/dispensing-medication-refills-without-counselling
#17
Kheng Yong Ong, Li Li Chen, Jane Ai Wong, Jin Cheng Lim, Doris Bee Hoon Teo, Mui Chai Tan
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to assess the safety and efficiency of, and acceptance by, patients for an express refill service (ERS). Design/methodology/approach A pilot uncontrolled, cross-sectional, single-centred study was conducted at the outpatient pharmacy of a tertiary acute care hospital. Under ERS, prescriptions were dispensed without clinical review and counselling for patients refilling prescription medications. Efficiency was assessed by comparing processing times of ERS prescriptions with regular prescriptions...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27664074/an-integrated-general-practice-and-pharmacy-based-intervention-to-promote-the-use-of-appropriate-preventive-medications-among-individuals-at-high-cardiovascular-disease-risk-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
#18
Adina Hayek, Rohina Joshi, Tim Usherwood, Ruth Webster, Baldeep Kaur, Bandana Saini, Carol Armour, Ines Krass, Tracey-Lea Laba, Christopher Reid, Louise Shiel, Charlotte Hespe, Fred Hersch, Stephen Jan, Serigne Lo, David Peiris, Anthony Rodgers, Anushka Patel
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are responsible for significant morbidity, premature mortality, and economic burden. Despite established evidence that supports the use of preventive medications among patients at high CVD risk, treatment gaps remain. Building on prior evidence and a theoretical framework, a complex intervention has been designed to address these gaps among high-risk, under-treated patients in the Australian primary care setting. This intervention comprises a general practice quality improvement tool incorporating clinical decision support and audit/feedback capabilities; availability of a range of CVD polypills (fixed-dose combinations of two blood pressure lowering agents, a statin ± aspirin) for prescription when appropriate; and access to a pharmacy-based program to support long-term medication adherence and lifestyle modification...
2016: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27663570/professional-use-of-social-media-by-pharmacists-a-qualitative-study
#19
Arcelio Benetoli, Timothy Frank Chen, Marion Schaefer, Betty B Chaar, Parisa Aslani
BACKGROUND: Social media is frequently used by consumers and health care professionals; however, our knowledge about its use in a professional capacity by pharmacists is limited. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to investigate the professional use of social media by pharmacists. METHODS: In-depth semistructured interviews were conducted with practicing pharmacists (N=31) from nine countries. Interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim, and thematically analyzed...
2016: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27661618/community-pharmacists-views-and-practices-regarding-natural-health-products-sold-in-community-pharmacies
#20
Ubaka Ogbogu, Candace Necyk
BACKGROUND: Reports of regulatory and evidentiary gaps have raised concerns about the marketing and use of natural health products (NHPs). The majority of NHPs offered for sale are purchased at a community pharmacy and pharmacists are "front-line" health professionals involved in the marketing and provision of NHPs. To date, the involvement of pharmacists in pharmacy care involving NHPs and the degree to which concerns over the safety, efficacy, marketing and regulation of NHPs are addressed in pharmacy care in Canada have not been studied...
2016: PloS One
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