Pharmacy Today, January 2016

January 2016 • Volume 22, Number 1

Drugs & Diseases

8     Showcase: New approvals, generic; hot apps


10   Twlug DrugInfoLine: 
No benefit of Vitamin D in postmenopausal women


11   OTCs Today
: OTCs for infectious diseases


12   Immunization Update
: Compensation for vaccine-related injuries


14   One to One: SCOUTStrong Be MedWise Award


15   Integrative Medicine: Garcinia cambogia for weight loss, lipid-lowering effects


16   Conference Roundup: Rheumatology, cardiology, ophthalmology, renal


18   Focus on Infectious Diseases: 
New guidelines on sinusitis, STDs


22   Daratumumab, Elotuzumab: Two first-in-class agents for multiple myeloma


24   Mepolizumab: Interleukin-5 agonist for severe asthma


26   OTC Phenylephrine:
 Citizen petition to remove 
from market


27   Gastric Bypass: Caring
 for patients after surgery



Practice & Trends


28   Innovations: Oberbeck oversees a smoking cessation program for Ralphs; pearls from the U.S. Public Health Service 


32   MTM Pearls: Medication errors and the pharmacist’s role


34   Technology Forum: 
A hub for clinical exchange


36   E-Prescribing: Legal in all 50 states for controlled substances


37   Medical Cannabis: Dispensing role in CT, MN, NY


38   Sports Pharmacy: Pharmacists are on the team


40   Public Health in Ohio: CDC-funded MTM pilot expanding at FQHCs


42   Family Medicine: Trailblazers in South Carolina in 1970s


72   Error Alert: Frequently reported vaccine errors


Specialty Pharmacy Section


44    Psoriasis: Overview, recent approvals, therapies on the horizon 



Health-System Edition

HSE 1   Insomnia: 
Rx-esolutions


HSE 2   Safety and Quality Pearls: Revising hospital workflows


HSE 4   Improving CPOE: What’s next


HSE 8   FDA Update: 
New final rule, 
updated REMS website


Laws, Regs & Rulings


46    On the Docket: Technician signs order forms as pharmacist


Hub on Provider Status


       47   Year in review: Advocating for provider status legislation


       48   Provider status profile: Nemire improves adherence for people with mental illnesses


50    Biosimilars: Prepare for evolving landscape, complexities


52    Challenges of Pain: Senate HELP Committee hearing; Florida board rule revision


In This Issue


1    News You Can Use: 
Thermometers; PBMs; cooling cap; inhalers for asthma


3    Today’s Perspective: New Editor-in-Chief; Elsevier


4    Association Perspective: Carrying momentum into 2016


53  Pharmacists in Action: 340B; Twlug2016; ACOs