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CDC Gives Thumbs Up to SHINGRIX

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website https://www.cdc.gov/shingles/index.html (accessed 9/6/2018) almost 1 out of every 3 people in the US will develop shingles in their lifetime. The risk of shingles increases with age. Shingles causes a painful rash or blisters that usually resolve in 2 to 4 weeks, but can also cause a…

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NEW RISKS OF PROTON PUMP INHIBITORS

There has been extensive evidence to support using proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for short term use only. Unfortunately, in the long term care setting, most patients take PPIs due to being discharged on one from the hospital. Part of the job of the pharmacist consultant is to keep patients safe and this includes requesting that…

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How to Help Save Lives with Med Reminder Apps

Medication non-adherence can be a life-threatening prospect for some long term care facility residents. Nearly 125,000 deaths annually are attributed to failed medication adherence. It can also be a costly problem within your facility. When residents who are on strict or complex medication regimens get off schedule or take the wrong dosage, the result is…

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Vaccine Options for Pneumonia Prevention

Prevnar 13: What are the benefits? The Prevnar 13 vaccine is a single injection approved for adults over the age of 50 to help prevent infection caused by pneumococcal bacteria. Prevnar 13 contains 13 different strains of the pneumococcal bacteria that can lead to serious infection; infecting the sinuses and inner ear, the lungs, blood,…

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