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The Future of Independent Pharmacy: Bleak or Bright?

October 28, 2021

by Erin Ballentine What is the future for independent pharmacy? In the fast-paced environment of our healthcare culture, it can be difficult to compete with retail pharmacy chains that are masterful at filling high quantities of prescriptions every day. But what is lost in such a fast-paced environment? Can this... View Article

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SGLT2 inhibitors: A silver bullet?

September 20, 2021

by Sean S. Hong Sodium glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors promote the kidneys to filter glucose out of the blood and excrete the glucose as waste. As a result, SGLT2 inhibitors are indicated to treat patients for type 2 diabetes as an alternative to insulin or metformin. Canagliflozin (Invokana®) was first... View Article

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Flashlights and Hand Grenades: What’s New in Nuclear Pharmacy

September 3, 2021

by Justin Cole, Pharm.D., BCPS A primer on nuclear pharmacy Nuclear pharmacy is a specialty pharmacy practice that focuses on the use of radioactive drugs, or radiopharmaceuticals. Common diagnostic procedures like a cardiac stress test rely on radiopharmaceuticals to clearly image particular organs in the body, such as the heart.... View Article

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503B Outsourcing Facilities and the Role of Pharmacists

May 20, 2021

by Dr. Justin Cole Most people are familiar with 503A pharmacies, which dispense patient-specific medications pursuant to prescriptions for individual patients. These include your local corner pharmacy, hospital pharmacies, and many others. 503B outsourcing facilities, however, are not as familiar. To understand the important role of 503B outsourcing facilities in... View Article

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Vaccine Hesitancy and COVID-19 Vaccinations

March 18, 2021

by Dr. Justin Cole The sprint to develop vaccines effective at preventing COVID-19 infection and its subsequent complications is unprecedented in modern medicine. Presently, three companies have been granted emergency use authorization from the FDA for their COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and, most recently, Johnson & Johnson. More vaccine candidates... View Article

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Advocacy for the Pharmacy Profession

March 10, 2021

by Matt Merical The Cedarville School of Pharmacy  spends much of the month of February highlighting the importance of legislation and advocacy to the profession of pharmacy. Each year we promote the Ohio Pharmacists Association’s Student Legislative Day as a “book end” of sorts to foster conversations between students and... View Article

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Independent Pharmacies and Coronavirus Testing in Ohio

February 1, 2021

by Matt Merical COVID-19 has changed the face of healthcare dramatically. Reports in March 2020 marked the turning point of infectious disease management in the United States. Soon after shutdowns were announced, classes were hosted online, and the economy of the country came to a halt, and the President announced... View Article

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Charity and Creativity Meld to Meet Medication Needs

January 22, 2021

by Emily Wicker  “My husband died a month ago, so I don’t have health insurance and I can’t afford my medications.” “My brother-in-law is visiting us from overseas. He had a stroke the week before he was supposed to travel back home. He doesn’t have health insurance and cannot afford... View Article