When it comes to organ transplantation, it’s a good idea to have a specialty pharmacist on your team. This is particularly true as organ transplants from hepatitis C virus (HCV)-positive donors to HCV-negative recipients are becoming a more common occurrence.

Does all the time you spend documenting in EHR have you pulling your hair out? The HITECH Act led to widespread increases in electronic health record usage – which brings many positives to healthcare, of course – but there have also been some unintended side effects, so to speak.

Sunny days can be a mood lifter, but more than that, sun exposure allows the body to produce vitamin D in the skin. Multiple sclerosis is known to have an increased prevalence and incidence in populations living further from the equator. This sun-MS potential connection has led researchers to take a look at the possible role of vitamin D in multiple sclerosis.

Pharmacy shelves are full of simple generic versions of medications; and patients have grown comfortable using them as a way to save money. Similarly, complex generic drugs offer significant savings to patients. More patients may have the option of using these medications in the future. In fact, complex generics hold the potential to save the U.S. healthcare system $1.3 billion per year.

Closely following a medication care plan offers the best strategy for managing MS symptoms, as well as modifying the disease course, and treating relapses. Let’s review the medications most often utilized for MS treatment.

Hemophilia Awareness Month occurs each March, which remains important since most people continue to have inadequate knowledge about bleeding disorders. Yet, around the world, approximately one out of every 100 people has a bleeding disorder. Bleeding disorders include the best known one of hemophilia, as well as lesser-known bleeding disorders such as von Willebrand disease and factor XI deficiency.

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