To keep you better informed about the biggest trends and developments affecting medication management, medication adherence, and clinical pharmacy services, here are 10 of the most significant news reports published in March. Highlights include stories on the importance of pharmacists on care teams, effectiveness of telehealth, new guidelines, describing opportunities, and polypharmacy challenges.
1. Integrating Pharmacists Into Care Teams Is Crucial
Authors of a Pharmacy Times column explains why integrating pharmacists into primary care teams is clinically and economically beneficial.
2. Telehealth Services Evaluated Vs Standard Care for Diabetes
Research shows that a telehealth diabetes management program may be a more effective method to improve diabetes management than standard care.
3. The Pharmacist's Role in Bleeding Disorders
A Pharmacy Times column discusses why pharmacists play an integral role on the care team for patients with bleeding disorders, providing services such as medication reconciliation and counseling.
4. ACR and AAHKS Updates Guideline for Medication Management in Hip or Knee Arthroplasty
The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) published an updated version of their guideline for perioperative management of antirheumatic medication in patients with rheumatic diseases undergoing elective total hip or knee arthroplasty.
5. Expert Discusses How the COVID-19 Pandemic Changed the Pharmacy Profession
Dr. David Zgarrick, professor in the department of pharmacy and health systems sciences at Northeastern University, spoke with Pharmacy Times about the effects of COVID-19 on and the future of the pharmacy profession. One of the issues he highlights: the rise of telepharmacy.
6. Managing Chronic Kidney Disease in Patients With Diabetes
A Drug Topics Journal column discusses ways pharmacists help slow the progression of diabetic kidney disease.
7. Overtreated Diabetes Raises Hypoglycemia Risk in Nursing Homes, Investigators Say
A Veterans Administration study found that many older nursing home residents with diabetes were overtreated for their condition and at high risk of low blood sugar.
8. Study: Minorities With Glaucoma Facing Cost Barriers to Medication
A study of glaucoma patients found significantly higher odds of self-reported difficulty affording medication observed among non-Hispanic African American and Hispanic individuals compared with non-Hispanic White individuals.
9. Seniors With Dementia May Have Too Many Medications Prescribed
A study of seniors with probable or possible dementia who were in good to excellent health reported they took six or more regular medications. The study found that nearly nine out of 10 were willing to stop at least one medication if their doctor said it was possible.
10. Challenges With Polypharmacy in the Aging HIV Patient
This Healio column discusses challenges and opportunities around polypharmacy among people living with HIV.