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Fred Gebhart
Physician dispensing costs triple that of retail
A recent study shows how much physician dispensing is costing states.
CDC calls for better antibiotic stewardship to combat C. difficile-associated mortality
Although infection rates for most hospital-acquired infections are on the decline, rates for Clostridium difficile- associated diarrhea continue to climb and now account for about 14,000 deaths annually in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC is calling on hospitals to exercise better antibiotic stewardship to stem the tide.
New algorithm uncovers 47 unreported drug-drug interactions
Do you have a patient who is taking both a thiazide and a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)? He or she has a 1.5-fold elevated risk for prolonged QT interval, a cardiac arrhythmia associated with sudden death.
Low vitamin D levels may be associated with diabetes; supplementation trials needed
New studies confirm the lower levels of vitamin D are associated with a higher risk of developing diabetes and diabetic retinopathy.
Low-cost generics are mixed blessing for diabetes treatment
Low-cost generic drug programs pioneered by Wal-Mart and other big-box retailers are a mixed blessing for patients with diabetes.
Oncology benefit management undergoing an evolution
Oncology treatment and benefits are changing. Buy-and-bill, the traditional methodology that had physicians buy chemotherapeutic products, treat in the office, and bill the payer, is going the way of surgery by barbers. But no one is quite sure what will replace the one-time standard of payment.

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