Pharmacy

Training Program Prepares Military Pharmacy Techs for Assignment Anywhere

Training Program Prepares Military Pharmacy Techs for Assignment Anywhere

SAN ANTONIO – A newly minted Navy pharmacy technician could find herself working alone on a ship with no pharmacist within hundreds of miles. Daunting?

August 2014 Focus

In this Issue: Focus on Infectious Diseases HIV/HCV Co-Infected Patients Have No Safe Level of Alcohol Use VA’s Resistant Infection ‘Bundle’ Drives Down MRSA in Community Living Centers Pharmacy Update Milwaukee VA Develops Reversal Protocol for Novel Oral Anticoagulants Diabetes… Read More

July 2014 Focus

In this Issue: Focus on Vascular Disease/Stroke Robotics Help Veterans Relearn Walking Skills after Stroke Damage Stroke Kills Young American Indian/Alaska Natives at Twice Rate of Whites Pharmacy Update Full Cycle Automation Increases Safety at MacDill AFB Pharmacy Mental Health… Read More

June 2014 Focus

In this Issue: Focus on PTSD/TBI Brain Injury from Blasts Possible Without TBI Symptoms VA/Court Partnerships Seek to Keep Troubled Veterans Out of Jail Pharmacy Update TRICARE Limits on Use of Community Pharmacies Creates Firestorm Pain Clinical Consult Chronic Pain… Read More

May 2014 Focus

In this Issue: Focus on Women’s Health New Mothers May Need Training to Pass Postpartum Military Fitness Test Gene Sequencing Helps Target Therapies for Metastatic Breast Cancer Pharmacy Update Consolidated Pharmacy Services in Military to Save $2B by 2019 Osteoarthritis… Read More

April 2014 Focus

In this Issue: News Update Intensive BP-Lowering Didn’t Affect Cognitive Function in Diabetes Focus on Men’s Health New Study: Are ‘Low T’ Guidelines Followed in VA? Prostate Cancer Recurrence Risk Rises 50% with Elevated Glucose Levels Pharmacy Update VA’s Mail-Order… Read More

Statins Reduce Barrett’s Esophagus; Cancer Precursor Affects About 10% of Veterans

Statins Reduce Barrett’s Esophagus; Cancer Precursor Affects About 10% of Veterans

By Annette M. Boyle BETHESDA, MD – Veterans on statins have another good reason to continue to take their medication, according to new research. Statins not only reduce cholesterol, combat cardiovascular disease and potentially reduce the risk of prostate cancer,… Read More

Naval Hospital Pharmacist Makes Her Role Essential on Care Teams

Naval Hospital Pharmacist Makes Her Role Essential on Care Teams

By Steve Lewis PENSACOLA, FL – When Naval Hospital Pensacola began discussions five years ago about creating the Navy’s first patient-centered medical home (PCMH), “putting a pharmacist in the care team was not part of the equation,” according to Lisa… Read More

Milwaukee VA Develops Reversal Protocol for Novel Oral Anticoagulants

Milwaukee VA Develops Reversal Protocol for Novel Oral Anticoagulants

By Annette M. Boyle MILWAUKEE – Many patients prefer the devil they know. When asked whether they want to go on or switch to a novel oral anticoagulant (NOAC) that requires little monitoring, has few drug-drug or food interactions, appears… Read More

Full Cycle Automation Increases Safety at Military, Other Federal Pharmacies

Full Cycle Automation Increases Safety at Military, Other Federal Pharmacies

By Annette M. Boyle
TAMPA ‑ What price safety?

VA Treats Schizophrenia More Consistently Than Other Healthcare Systems

VA Treats Schizophrenia More Consistently Than Other Healthcare Systems

By Annette M. Boyle TEMPLE, TX – While taking antipsychotic medication often benefits patients, evidence increasingly challenges the assumption that more is better, even as the rate of prescriptions for multiple antipsychotics continues to rise in the VA and other… Read More

TRICARE Limits on Use of Community Pharmacies Creates Firestorm

TRICARE Limits on Use of Community Pharmacies Creates Firestorm

By Annette M. Boyle ALEXANDRIA, VA – A pilot program that requires use of mail order or military pharmacies for certain maintenance medications taken for chronic conditions has sparked a firestorm of controversy, upsetting community pharmacists and some legislators. TRICARE… Read More

Army Turns to NCOs to Combat Obesity, Related Issues, in Soldiers

Army Turns to NCOs to Combat Obesity, Related Issues, in Soldiers

While the vast majority of soldiers maintain healthy weights, bad habits developed during deployment and on military bases follow them after retiring from the Army. In fact, more than 70% of veterans end up overweight. To combat that trend, the… Read More

Consolidated Pharmacy Services in New DHA to Save $2B by 2019

Consolidated Pharmacy Services in New DHA to Save $2B by 2019

WASHINGTON — The consolidation of 10 functions that have been performed separately by the Army, Navy and Air Force under the Defense Health Agency is projected to save $2 billion by 2019.

New VA Initiative Seeks to Reduce Opioid Use

New VA Initiative Seeks to Reduce Opioid Use

MINNEAPOLIS — A new initiative to reduce the use of opioids at the VA already is demonstrating some success at eight launch sites in Minnesota, where high-dose use of the painkillers has been reduced more than 50%.

Vitamin D3 Supplementation Improves Outcomes, Limits Costs in IBD

JOHNSON CITY, TN — The use of a vitamin D3 supplement not only improved outcomes in veterans with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) to a greater extent than a vitamin D2 formulation but also was better in limiting healthcare costs and… Read More

March 2014 Focus

In this Issue: News Update FDA Reviewing Low-T Therapy After Second Study Shows CV Issues Focus on COPD/Asthma Obstructive Sleep Apnea Significantly Increases Risk of Severe Asthma Bronchial Thermoplasty Brings Long-Term Relief to Severe Asthmatics Pharmacy Update VA Pharmacy Reengineering… Read More

February 2014 Focus

In this Issue: News Update DNA Used to Predict Amputee’s Pain Levels Focus on Cardiology VA, Army Clinicians Rapidly Increase Prescribing of Novel Anticoagulants Female Veterans Develop CVD Risk Factors at Younger Ages Pharmacy Update Greater Pharmacist Intervention Tested to… Read More

January 2014 Focus

In this Issue: News Update Army Announces Warrior Transition Unit Changes Focus on Obesity Leaner Fighting Forces Might Mean Slim Pickings for Recruiters New Formulary Drugs Promote Weight Loss, Reduce Diabetes Pharmacy Update Pharmacist Monitoring Increases Veteran Adherence to ACS… Read More

Lifestyle Changes, New Drugs Promising Tools for COPD at DoD, VA

Lifestyle Changes, New Drugs Promising Tools for COPD at DoD, VA

SEATTLE — In pursuit of the twin goals of COPD treatment — maintaining maximum lung function and improving quality of life — military and VA clinicians customize a mix of therapies that range from recently approved medications to time-tested exercise.… Read More