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June 2014

§  Breakthrough Drugs

§  Targeted Drug Therapies

§  Did You Know

o   New Safety Reporting System

§  Formulary Update: May 2014

 

May 2014

§  Smoking Cessation and the Hospitalized Patient

§  Did You Know

o   Home Medication Waiver

o   Updates to Policies

§  Changes to Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling for Medications

§  Formulary Update: April 2014

 

March/April 2014

§  Updated Antimicrobial Surgical Prophylaxis Guidelines

§  Did You Know

o   2014 Adult Immunization Schedule

§  The Impact of Information Technology on Adverse Drug Reactions

o   Formulary Update: February 2014

§  Drug Shortages Update

 

February 2014

§  Cardiology Guideline Updates

o   JNC 8 Blood Pressure Guidelines

o   ACC/AHA Cholesterol Guidelines

§  Did You Know

o   American Heart Month

§  Drug Shortage Update

 

January 2014

§  Making Sense of Biosimilars

§  New Drug Updates

-        New Drug Approvals

-        New Formulations and Indications

§  Drug Shortages

 

November 2013

§  Medication Use Evaluation Reports

-        Anticoagulation with Ventricular Assist Devices

-        Inpatient Utilization of Bisphosphonates

§  Did You Know

-        FDA and Drug Shortages

§  Formulary Update: October 2013

 

October 2013

§  Electronic Cigarettes

§  Medication Use Evaluation Reports

-        Appropriateness of Parenteral Nutrition Therapy

§  Formulary Update: September 2013

§  Drug Shortage Update

§  Did you Know

-        Employee Influenza Vaccination

 

August/September 2013

§  2013 Updates to the ACCF/AHA Heart Failure Guidelines

§  Medication Use Evaluation Reports

-        STAT Order Turnaround Times

§  Drug Shortage Update

§  Formulary Update: July/August 2013

 

June/July 2013

§  Medication Use Evaluation Reports

-        Subcutaneous Heparin

-        Echinocandin Utilization

-        Meperidine Utilization

-        Discharge Medication Reconciliation at the IOP

§  Did You Know

-        Micromedex Subscription Ending

§  Drug Shortage Update

§  Formulary Update: May/June 2013

 

May 2013

§  MUSC Policy: Vendor Relationships

§  Formulary Changes for Linezolid and Vancomycin

§  Did You Know

-        The ICD-10 Cometh…

§  Formulary Update: April 2013

 

April 2013

§  Patents and Market Exclusivity

§  Meaningful Use: Drug-Drug Interactions

§  Formulary Update: March 2013

 

March 2013

§  Migraine Prevention: Where Have We Come Since 2000?

§  Recent Updates to Medication Guidelines, Charts, and Policies

§  Formulary Update

-        February 2013

§  Drug Shortage Update

-        March 2013

 

January/February 2013

§  Dispense as Written: Considerations in the Brand versus Generic Debate

§  Formulary Systems Policy (C-82): Updates

§  New Drug Update

-        January 2013

§  Formulary Update

-        January 2013

§  Drug Shortage Update

-        January 2013

 

November/December 2012

§  MUSC Pharmaceutical Compounding: Keeping Patients Safe

§  Formulary Update

-   October/November 2012

 

October 2012

§  Opioid Analgesics: REMS Requirements

§  Responses from the Drug Information Center

§  Did You Know...

-   Meningitis Outbreak

§  Formulary Update

-   August/September 2012

 

September 2012

§  Gardasil® for Adolescent Males: An Ounce of Prevention

§  Responses from the Drug Information Center: Length of Therapy for Bisphosphonates

§  Did You Know...

-   Use of Revatio® in Children with Pulmonary Hypertension (FDA Update)

 

August 2012

  • Updated Beers Criteria: 2012
  • Did You Know

-        Codeine use in Children

-        Dalfampridine Seizure Risk

-        QT-prolongation with IV Ondansetron

  • Formulary Update

-        July 2012

 

July 2012

  • Bites, Stings, and Rashes: The Perils of Summer
  • MUSC Formulary System
  • Clinical Pharmacy On-call Services
  • Drug Information Services
  • Formulary Update

-        June 2012

 

June 2012

  • CHEST Guidelines Updated
  • Did You Know

-        Azithromycin (Zithromax®) and Cardiovascular Risk

-        FDA Advisory for Hospira Carpuject® Syringes

  • Evaluation of Urinary Tract Infections at Institute of Psychiatry
  • Formulary Update

-        May 2012

  • New Drug Update:

-        First Half 2012

 

April/May 2012

  • Counterfeit Drugs
  • Responses from the Drug Information Center

-        Fosphenytoin vs Phenytoin

  • Did You Know

-        Shortages and Restrictions

  • Formulary Update

-        March and April 2012

 

March 2012

  • Updates on Clopidogrel (Plavix®)
  • Did You Know

-        Statin Label Changes

-        Drug Interaction between Statins and Protease Inhibitors

  • Formulary Update

-        February 2012

 

February 2012

  • Smoking Cessation
  • Did You Know

-        Lovenox® Patient Assistance Program Re-instated

-        Automatic Therapeutic Substitution Protocols in CPOE

  • Formulary Update

-        January 2012

 

January 2012

  • A Primer on Intravenous Fluid Management
  • Osmolarity Calculator
  • Did You Know

-        Doripenem

-        Aliskiren

-        Carisoprodol

  • Formulary Update

-        Prolonged Piperacillin/Tazobactam Infusions

 

November/December 2011

  • Herbal Supplements
  • Did You Know

-        President Obama Issues Order on Drug Shortages

-        Innovative Drug Approvals

-        Discontinuation of Lovenox® Patient Assistance Program

  • Formulary Update: October and November 2011

 

October 2011

  • Dabigatran: A New Age of Anticoagulation
  • Did You Know…Drotrecogin alfa (Xigris®) Removed from the Market
  • Avandia-Rosiglitazone Medicines Access Program™
  • Formulary Update: September 2011

 

September 2011

  • FDA Drug Safety Update: Varenicline (Chantix®)
  • Did You Know … Lower Maximum Dose Recommended for Popular OTC Medication
  • Responses from the Drug Information Center… Is One Flu Shot Enough?
  • 2011 Employee Influenza Vaccine Schedule
  • Formulary Update: August 2011

 

August 2011

  • Risk of Venous Thromboembolic Events with Combined Oral Contraceptive Therapy: Is There an Increased Risk with Drospirenone-containing Formulations?
  • Did You Know...FDA Approves Labeling Changes for Sunscreens
  • Formulary Update: July 2011

 

July 2011

§  MUSC‐MC Formulary System: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know

§  Adherence to Evidence‐based Treatment Guidelines for Bipolar Depression: Medication Use Evaluation

§  Drug Safety Update: Dronedarone

§  Formulary Update: June 2011

 

June 2011

§  Practical Considerations for Managing Immunosuppressant Drug Interactions

§  Ciprofloxacin: Too Much of a Good Thing?

§  Did You Know…Increased Risk for Myopathy with High-dose Simvastatin

§  Formulary Update: May 2011

 

May 2011

§  Management of Acute Nausea and Vomiting

§  Did You Know…Micromedex 2.0

§  Formulary Update: April 2011

 

April 2011

§         Dronedarone for Atrial Fibrillation: The End of Amiodarone?

§         Did You Know…Medication Guides

§         Formulary Update: March 2011

§         New Drug Update: First Quarter 2011

 

February/March 2011

  • Drug Product Shortages
  • Reminder…Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Program
  • Formulary Update

     January/February 2011

 

January 2011

  • Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome: Current Therapeutics and Controversy
  • Did You Know

     FDA Makes Recommendations Regarding Pain Medications

     Market Removals: Propoxyphene and Thiopental

 

November/December 2010

  • Evaluation of Adherence to Institutional Heparin Continuous Infusion Protocols
  • Did You Know

     Implementation of REMS for ESAs: The ESA APPRISE Oncology Program at MUSC

  • Formulary Update

     October/November 2010

 

October 2010

  • Risk Evaluation and Management Strategies (REMS)
  • Reminder Mandatory Flu Vaccine
  • In the News: Rosiglitazone (Avandia®) update
  • Did You Know

     Amiodarone Infusions: Filtration Changes

  • Formulary Update

     September 2010

 

September 2010

  • Plavix® and Proton Pump Inhibitors: Potential Problem?
  • Drug-induced QT Interval Prolongation
  • Did You Know

     FDA Requires Label Changes for Gadolinium based Contrast Agents

  • Formulary Update

     August 2010

 

August 2010

  • MUSC-MC Formulary System: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know
  • Clinical Pharmacy On-call Service
  • Prescribing Nonformulary Medications
  • Generic Medication Pricing Program
  • Online Medication Error and Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting
  • Required Elements for Medication Orders
  • Accurate Documentation Makes Economic CENT$
  • Formulary Update

     July 2010

July 2010

  • Urine Drug Screening:  Considerations for Clinicians
  • Formulary and Drug Information Resource Center
  • Did You Know

     Current Medication Shortages

  • Formulary Update

     June 2010

 

June 2010

§   Antimicrobial Properties of Copper:

§   Ceftriaxone and Calcium: To Mix or Not To Mix?

§   Formulary and Drug Information Resource Center

§   From the CDC: Skin Care and Summer Fun Safety Tips

§   Did You Know…Liver Injury Reported with Orlistat Use

§   Formulary Update

-  May 2010

May 2010

§   MUSC Anticoagulation Monitoring Program

§   Reminder…Incomplete Medication Orders

§   Formulary Update

-         April 2010

 

March/April 2010

§   Special Considerations for Insulin Regimens

§   Did You Know

-         IV-to-PO Conversion Program

§   Formulary Update

-         February/March 2010

 

February 2010

§  Drug Allergies: Beta-Lactams

§  Virtual Drug Information Database (VDI)

§  Formulary Update

-        January 2010

 

January 2010

§   Serotonin Syndrome

§   Incomplete Orders Reminder

§   New Dosing Guidelines and Pockets Cards Available

§   Medical Center Policy Updates

 

November/December 2009

  • Evaluation of Adherence to FDA Boxed Warnings and Reimbursement Guidelines for Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents: Medication Use Evaluation
  • Incomplete Orders…Not Accepted Starting January 4, 2010
  • Did You Know

-        Peramivir H1N1 Emergency Use Authorization

  • Formulary Update

-        October/November 2009

 

October 2009

  • Update on H1N1 Influenza
  • Preliminary Data Show that Asthma Leads H1N1 Hospitalization Risk (CDC Report)
  • Update: MUSC Influenza Vaccine Shortage
  • Did You Know…(FDA Alert)

-        USP Heparin Potency Changes

  • Local Pharmacies Offering Flu Shots
  • Formulary Update

-        September 2009

 

September 2009

  • Lipid Rescue for Cardiotoxicity Secondary to Anesthetic Medications
  • New Vancomycin Monitoring Protocol
  • Formulary Update

-           August 2009

 

July/August 2009

§  Promethazine Extravasation

§  Did You Know...

-          Automatic Therapeutic Substitutions (ATS) at MUSC

§  Formulary Update

- June/July 2009

 

June 2009

§  Transdermal Patches and Magnetic Resonance Imaging

§  Did You Know...

-          ADR Reporting at MUSC

§  Gluten Intolerance in Celiac Disease

§  Formulary Update

-          May 2009

 

May 2009

§  Evaluation of Intravenous Proton Pump Inhibitor Use: Medication Use Evaluation

§  Did You Know...

-          Virtual Drug Information Database Searching

§  Formulary Update

-          April 2009

 

April 2009

  • Evaluation of Intravenous Levetiracetam Use in Adult and Pediatric Patients: Medication Use Evaluation
  • Did You Know

-        Public Health Advisory for Swine Influenza

  • Formulary Update:

-        March 2009

 

March 2009

  • The Relationship between Statins and Diabetes: Is There Truth to the Findings?
  • Did You Know

-        Drug Interaction between Cyclosporine and Statins

  • Formulary Update:

-        February 2009

 

February 2009

§  To Crush or Not to Crush: Guidelines for Enteral Medication Administration

§  Did You Know

-        ADR Reporting at MUSC

§  Formulary Update:

-        January 2009

 

January 2009

  • Medication Rashes: An Overview
  • Did You Know…FDA Statements and Updates

-        Antiepileptics

-        Ezetimibe/Simvastatin

-        Topical Anesthetics

 

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