Asthma Management: New Developments

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects over 339 million individuals worldwide. Characterized by variable airflow limitation and bronchial hyperresponsiveness, symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and/or cough. Asthma symptoms are episodic in nature, often worse at night or in the early morning, and can be triggered by factors such as exercise, airborne ...
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Diabetes Management Update: A Patient-Centered Approach

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 30 million people in the US have diabetes (9% of the US population). Only 23 million have an official diagnosis, while 7 million are undiagnosed. The prevalence of diabetes is highest in American Indians/Alaskan Natives at 15%, followed by African Americans (13%), people of Hispanic ethnicity (12%) and Caucasians (7%). An estima...
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Heart Failure

Intended Audience: Pharmacists Heart failure (HF) is a common condition that causes significant disability and death in the US and around the world. About 6.5 million adults in the US have HF – and despite advances in drug and device therapies, HF was a contributing cause of 1 in 8 deaths in 2017.The estimated total cost of HF (including health care, medication and missed work) in 2012 was ...
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HIV Emerging Trends in Prevention & Treatment

Intended Audience: Pharmacists Four decades after the first case of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) was reported, 38 million people are living with HIV worldwide.Over the last two decades, significant progress has been made in battling the disease. Since peaking in 1997, the number of new cases has decreased 40% worldwide and since 2004, AIDS-related deaths have declined more than 5...
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HIV Emerging Trends in Prevention & Treatment- Florida Board Approved

This issue reviews recommended ARVs and focuses on the initial management of HIV in treatment-naïve adults, according to guidelines provided by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). In addition, recommendations for ART in pregnancy are summarized and an update is included on the use of ARVs for PrEP and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), according to guidelines provided by the CDC. ...
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Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking in the Health Care Setting

Many health care providers in the United States practice with the thought that human trafficking, also referred to as modern day slavery, does not exist here in the United States. Rather, they believe that it is a problem relevant only to far off distant countries. The truth is that this terrible crime is occurring right here in the United States, just as it is in faraway places. In the Unit...
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Managing Overweight and Obese Patients

Obesity is a serious health problem and a common diagnosis in the United States, affecting over 40% of adults and 20% of adolescents (12-19 years). Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, hypertension, certain types of cancer, and dyslipidemia, among others. Patients with obesity have annual medical costs that are $1,429 greater than those of people wit...
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Medication Safety Update: Preventing Errors and Adverse Drug Reactions - Florida Board Approved

The “Oath of a Pharmacist” that is recited at pharmacy school graduations emphasizes the importance of medication safety in the profession. The passage says, “I will apply my knowledge, experience, and skills to the best of my ability to assure optimal outcomes for my patients.” Despite these efforts, preventable adverse events related to medications do occur, and all health care profess...
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New Drugs 2019

Intended Audience: Pharmacists The number of new drugs approved each year has increased significantly since 1990. Various expedited approval pathways such as Orphan Drug Status designation, Accelerated Approval, Fast-Track, Priority Reviews, and the use of surrogate endpoints in studies have reduced the FDA review time from more than 3 years in 1983 to less than 1 year in 2017. In 2019, the F...
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Postmenopausal Osteoporosis

With an aging population, the prevalence of osteoporosis continues to increase. There are nearly 54 million adults in the US who have osteoporosis or are at high risk for the disease. About 1 in 4 women 65 years of age or older are affected – compared with 1 in 20 men over the age of 65.3 Fifty percent of women will break a bone due to osteoporosis. On an annual basis, fractures are linked ...
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Surviving and Thriving with ADHD: Part 1. Stimulant and Nonstimulant Treatment

There has been an increase in prescription medications, mainly stimulants, for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) along with an explosion of new formulations. A 2016 CDC report estimates that about 9% of children 2 to 17 years of age (6.1 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD. Among the children with ADHD, 6 out of 10 were taking ADHD medication. The lifetime preva...
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Surviving and Thriving with ADHD: Part 2

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood, affecting as many as 5-10% of children and adolescents and 2.5- 5% of adults. It is a serious public health concern because of its high prevalence, long-term course, and functional impairment at home, school and work. ADHD can be effectively managed with a variety of treatment opt...
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The Hypothyroid Patient

About 12% of the US population has some form of thyroid disease, and more than half of them are unaware of their condition. Hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid condition. It affects about 2% of women and 0.1-0.2% of men; however, in adults over 60 years old, 6% of women and 2.5% of men have the condition. Hypothyroidism is a chronic disease that requires lifelong treatment; fortunately,...
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Urinary Tract Infection: Uncomplicated Infections in Women

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common outpatient infections, accounting for over 10 million office visits and 2-3 million emergency room visits each year. Women are more likely to experience a UTI than men and have a lifetime incidence as high as 60%. The likelihood of a UTI increases as women age; those over 65 years old have twice the incidence as younger females. In addition, 30...
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