November 2013

Uniformed Pharmacists Take Half of Next Generation Pharmacist Awards

By Annette M. Boyle LAS VEGAS, NV — Of the 30 finalists in this year’s Next Generation Pharmacist awards, 30% worked in military or public health pharmacies, the strongest representation seen in the awards program. Even more telling, uniformed pharmacists… Read More

Fixing healthcare and fixing the economy are two sides of the same coin

“Fixing healthcare and fixing the economy are two sides of the same coin.” — Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) As I ponder this editorial, the country is in the grip of its second day of government shutdown. I cannot help but… Read More

VA Backlog Elimination Slowed, Not Stopped by Government Shutdown

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Despite dire warnings by VA officials, last month’s 16-day government shutdown did not halt progress on eliminating VA’s disability claims backlog. In fact,the number of pending claims list declined despite the appropriations cut-off, although the… Read More

First-in-Class Product Approved for Rosacea-Caused Facial Redness

FT. WORTH, TX — The first treatment for facial erythema in adults caused by rosacea has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Galderma Laboratories announced the approval of Mirvaso (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33%* for the topical treatment of… Read More

Expanded Options Available for Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

SUMMIT, NJ — The approved uses of Abraxane — paclitaxel protein-bound particles for injectable suspension, albumin-bound — have been expanded by the Food and Drug Administration to treat patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer in late stages. “Patients with pancreatic cancer… Read More

New Therapy Approved for Adults Suffering Major Depressive Disorder

DEERFIELD, IL — Brintellix (vortioxetine) has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with major depressive disorder (MDD). “Major depressive disorder can be disabling and can keep a person from functioning normally,” said Mitchell Mathis, MD,… Read More

How Effective is Pay-for-Performance In Improving VA Healthcare Outcomes?

By Brenda L. Mooney Laura Petersen, MD, MPH HOUSTON — Should pay-for-performance be more widely used to incentivize VA clinicans to improve healthcare quality? That was the question raised by a new study finding that modest financial incentives paid to… Read More

Legislators Call on VA to Stop Over-Prescription of Powerful Painkillers

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — In the wake of accusations that veterans are over-prescribed powerful painkillers, a House of Representatives subcommittee chairman called on VA to adopt more effective pain management protocols.  “The stakes are too high for VA to… Read More

New ‘Roadmap’ Seeks Better Tools for PTSD, TBI, Suicide Research

By Sandra Basu FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — The newly released National Research Action Plan has created a “common roadmap” for federal agencies to tackle mental health research to include PTSD, TBI and suicide, DoD and VA officials said recently. “It… Read More

Proteinuria Lowering Can Adversely Affect Some CKD Patients

MEMPHIS, TN — Proteinuria-lowering interventions in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) should be implemented cautiously, considering the potential for adverse outcomes, according to a new study led by researchers from the Memphis, TN, VAMC. According to the report,… Read More