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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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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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FDA gives Approval to New Insulin Pen Strength

Diabetes affects approximately 380 million people world wide and this number is only increasing as the years progress. This metabolic disease causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood that must be regulated through means of insulin. Because those with diabetes do not have the ability to produce enough insulin it is imperative that they be…

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Case Study: The Tramadol Transition

Background Tramadol is a narcotic-like drug used to treat moderate to severe pain. Like many opioid analgesic based medications, tramadol has an increased abuse rate and as of August 18, 2014, the DEA has classified the medication as a schedule IV controlled substance. In the past, it was widely believed that tramadol had a better…

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JNC8 – THE LATEST IN HTN TREATMENT

By G. Bryan In December 2013, the Eight Joint National Committee (JNC8) released the latest Evidence Based Guidelines for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults. One of the biggest changes in these updated guidelines is their commended BP goals. For the patient aged 60 years or older (who does NOT have diabetes or…

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