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The value of pharmacists to pharmaceutical manufacturers

Pharmacists do so much more than dispense medication. Today, pharmacies offer a wide range of convenient healthcare services. Pharmaceutical manufacturers can benefit from partnering with pharmacists to make a bigger impact on patients. As highly trusted healthcare professionals, pharmacists are experts at identifying barriers to medication adherence and helping patients overcome them. The efforts of a caring pharmacist can greatly impact whether a patient leaves the pharmacy with the informati

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Dementia: Using hearing aids, cochlear implant may reduce risk by 19%

Using hearing aids could help reduce cognitive decline in the long term, according to new research. Erin Brant/Stocksy • Age-related hearing loss Is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. • Several studies have found an association between hearing loss and the risk of developing dementia. • Hearing aids and cochlear implants can restore hearing and improve overall well-being. • A new analysis has found that, for people with hearing loss, wearing their hearing aid or having a c

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Overeating and obesity: How curbing 'protein hunger' may help

• Researchers investigated the link between protein consumption and caloric intake. • They found a link between lower protein consumption and higher caloric intake from fats and carbohydrates, which may increase obesity risk. • They concluded that consumers, industry, and the government should prioritize reducing the intake of highly processed foods and increasing whole food intake. Obesity is linked to some of the leading causes of , including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and cancer

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Upneeq: Uses, Doses, and Side Effects

If one or both of your upper eyelids droop over your eye, people may sometimes think you’re falling asleep. While that may sometimes be the case, your droopy lids may signify a condition called ptosis. It’s often caused by genetics, aging, trauma, or various medical conditions. Until recently, surgery was one of the only options to correct drooping lids. Now, a new non-surgical treatment called Upneeq is available. Upneeq (oxymetazoline 0.1% ophthalmic solution) is a prescription eye drop avai

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Mytesi (Crofelemer) Oral: Uses, Effects, Interactions

Mytesi (crofelemer) is an antidiarrheal medication. More specifically, Mytesi is prescribed to relieve symptoms of noninfectious diarrhea in adults taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV/AIDS. This type of diarrhea is also known as HIV-related diarrhea. Mytesi works to regulate the amount of water in your digestive tract. Having less water in your digestive tract leads to less watery diarrhea. Mytesi comes as an oral tablet typically taken twice a day. What Is Mytesi Used For? The Foo

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Rhofade (Oxymetazoline) Topical: Uses, Side Effects, Dosages

Rhofade (oxymetazoline) is a prescription topical cream used in adults 18 and older with a skin condition called rosacea. This medication is used to reduce facial redness caused by rosacea. Rhofade contains the active ingredient oxymetazoline, which is classified as an adrenergic agonist agent. It works by constricting blood vessels near the surface of your skin, which helps relieve redness. Discontinued in generic form as a rosacea medication, the primary ingredient found in Rhofade, oxymetaz

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Family medical and maternity Medicaid offerings

Welcoming a child into the world is an exciting and joyful time, but it can also be overwhelming. New and expecting mothers may stress about how they are going to afford medical care. Luckily, help is available in the form of Medicaid. Medicaid provides family medical and maternity care to millions of Americans and covers a wide variety of healthcare services, including pharmacist-provided Medication Therapy Management (MTM). Qualified pregnant women are included in Medicaid’s mandatory eligibi

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How pharmacists can influence HEDIS measures and value-based care

Value-based healthcare is a system with incentives for providers to help their patients live healthier lives. This includes using evidence-based medical practices to reduce the impact of chronic disease, which not only improves patients' health but also reduces costs for payers. Pharmacists have been underutilized in the value-based healthcare delivery model for too long. That said, this is changing as pharmacists' roles within the industry evolve. Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information

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Introducing the new president of the Iowa Pharmacy Association: A conversation with Cheri Schmit

At the Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA) Annual Meeting, the association announced the installment of their 144th president, Cheri Schmit. Schmit is the Senior Manager of Pharmacy of the Future - Clinical Solutions at Outcomes™ and has almost three decades of experience in community pharmacy and leadership. We sat down with Cheri Schmit to discuss her passion for improving patient health outcomes, the future of the industry and her plans for her new role. Schmit has been a practicing community p

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Pharmacists: A healthcare ally

Healthcare can be complex and overwhelming, especially for patients with multiple chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Patients and caregivers may spend a lot of time on the logistical aspects of managing their healthcare, including scheduling and attending multiple provider appointments, getting lab tests and visiting their pharmacy to pick up prescriptions. Pharmacies have become a one-stop destination for many healthcare needs, and pharmacists are a hig

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Abreva (Docosanol) Topical: Uses, Side Effects, Dosages

Abreva (docosanol) is a topical cream used to treat facial cold sores and fever blisters caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). It contains the active ingredient docosanol, which is an antiviral drug. Docosanol works by acting as the only non-prescription ingredient that can shorten healing time and the duration of symptoms, including pain, itching, and burning. Abreva is available for over-the-counter (OTC) use and is intended for people 12 and older. Abreva contains 10% docosanol

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Pulmicort (budesonide)

Pulmicort is a brand-name prescription medication. It’s approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat asthma in adults and children. Pulmicort comes in two forms, and each is approved for use in different ages. Throughout this article, “Pulmicort” is often used to describe both forms of the drug. Pulmicort has a limitation of use. For details about this limitation, asthma, and how the drug is used to treat it, see the “Pulmicort: Uses” section below. The following table provides ke

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Quviviq: Side effects, cost, alternatives, uses, and more

Quviviq is a brand-name prescription medication. It’s FDA-approved to treat insomnia in adults. Quviviq contains the active drug daridorexant, which belongs to a class of drugs called dual orexin receptor antagonists (DORAs). Quviviq comes as an oral tablet. It’s available in two strengths: 25 milligrams (mg) and 50 mg. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Quviviq in January 2022. Yes, Quviviq is a controlled substance. The government regulates how controlled substances are prescribed

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Mebendazole: Can It Help Fight Cancer?

When facing cancer, you want to use every cancer-fighting tool available. Among different strategies, taking repurposed prescription drugs like mebendazole has gained popularity. “Off-label” drug use is when a medication is prescribed for purposes other than the approved uses described in the drug’s official Food and Drug Administration (FDA) label. Healthcare providers can legally prescribe medications off-label for their patients if they decide the potential benefits outweigh the risks. On

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Synthroid Interactions: Other Medications, Alcohol, and More

Synthroid (levothyroxine) is a prescription drug that’s used to treat the following conditions in adults and children: Like other drugs, Synthroid may have interactions. Some interactions occur because one substance causes another substance to have a different effect than expected. For example, sometimes alcohol, another drug, or a supplement can affect how a drug acts in your body. Interactions can also occur if you have certain health conditions. Keep reading to learn about Synthroid’s possibl

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Soolantra (ivermectin)

Soolantra is a brand-name prescription medication. It’s approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat rosacea in adults. Specifically, Soolantra is used to treat inflammatory lesions (bumps and blemishes) on the face caused by rosacea. For more details about this condition and how the drug treats it, see the “Soolantra: Use for rosacea” section below. The following table provides key facts about Soolantra. If you’re interested in using this drug, search here to find a doctor who

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Spinraza: Cost, How It’s Given, Use for SMA, Dosage, and More

If you have spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), your doctor may prescribe Spinraza. It’s a medication used to treat SMA in adults and children. SMA is a group of rare genetic disorders. It involves the loss of motor neurons (nerve cells in the spinal cord that control muscle movement). This leads to muscle weakness and muscle atrophy (wasting away of muscle). To learn more about Spinraza’s use, see “Is Spinraza used for SMA?” below. The active ingredient in Spinraza is nusinersen. An active ingredien

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Does Dostarlimab Cure Cancer, and Are There Natural Alternatives?

A team of researchers from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) recently published extraordinarily successful results from a small clinical trial. After utilizing a new immunotherapy drug to treat advanced rectal cancer, all 12 participants in the trial emerged cancer-free. After six months, not a trace could be found in any of them. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on June 23 [1]. The breakthrough drug in this trial was dostarlimab. Today’s blog will

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Diacomit: Price, side effects, dosage, uses, and more

Diacomit is a brand-name prescription drug. It’s FDA-approved to treat seizures related to Dravet syndrome in adults and children. Specifically, it’s approved for use in people ages 6 months and older who weigh at least 7 kilograms (kg), which is about 15 pounds (lb). For this use, Diacomit is prescribed in combination with the drug clobazam (Onfi, Sympazan). Dravet syndrome is a rare form of epilepsy that typically starts in the first year of life. The condition causes frequent seizures that c

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