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January 24th, 2020 | NewsPharmacy Pearls

According to the CDC, Influenza B/Victoria viruses are predominant nationally, which is unusual for this time of year. H1N1 viruses are the next most common. H3N2 and B/Yamagata viruses are circulating at very low levels. In NYS, influenza is currently categorized as widespread with similar frequency patterns of viral types and subtypes. Influenza appears to…

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December 18th, 2019 | Pharmacy Pearls

This edition of Pharmacy Pearls provides a depression management algorithm for adult and pediatric (age 12+) patients that was developed in collaboration with AHP’s Behavioral Health Integration Team. In these documents below you will find AHP-endorsed depression management principles including: management based on depression severity, guidance for initiation of new antidepressant therapy (focusing on SSRIs)…

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November 22nd, 2019 | NewsPharmacy Pearls

This edition of Pharmacy Pearls gives an overview of best practices for management of type 2 diabetes. In it you will find AHP endorsed principles for the management of type 2 diabetes adapted from the 2019 ADA Standards of Care in Diabetes and the MCMS Diabetes Guidelines. The AHP Pharmacy Team would like to thank…

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November 11th, 2019 | Pharmacy Pearls

This edition of Pharmacy Pearls gives an overview of insulin lispro U-100, the new authorized generic for Humalog U-100, which is now available. Insulin lispro U-100 is considered therapeutically equivalent to the brand name because it is exactly the same drug. It is available at approximately half the cost of brand name Humalog U-100. Your…

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September 30th, 2019 | Network NewsPharmacy Pearls

With one in four patients reporting difficulty affording prescription medications, practice staff and clinicians are often engaged with patients faced with mediation access issues related to cost and affordability. The AHP Pharmacy team has created a tool for practices to use that includes an algorithm to identify strategies to help resolve cost issues by insurance…

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September 25th, 2019 | NewsPharmacy Pearls

Your AHP pharmacists would like to provide you with a follow-up to the pharmacy update released last week regarding ranitidine and NDMA. This past Monday, September 23, Sandoz Inc voluntarily recalled all generic ranitidine hydrochloride capsules (150mg and 300mg) in the U.S. at the consumer level due to the likely human carcinogen NDMA detected in…

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September 25th, 2019 | Pharmacy Pearls

This edition of Pharmacy Pearls gives an overview of the ACC/AHA Guideline on the Management of Heart Failure (HF) in adults. This guideline (last updated in 2013, with a focused update in 2017) focuses on evaluation and treatment of the HF patient (specifically for patients with reduced ejection fraction), as well as HF-associated comorbidities. The…

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August 28th, 2019 | Pharmacy Pearls

This edition of Pharmacy Pearls gives an overview of the recent updates made to the ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. This guideline (last updated in 2013) focuses on primary prevention in adults to reduce the risk of ASCVD (acute coronary syndromes, myocardial infarction, stable or unstable angina, arterial revascularization, stroke/transient ischemic…

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July 12th, 2019 | Pharmacy Pearls

This edition of Pharmacy Pearls reviews the available epinephrine injector options for the treatment of anaphylaxis. There are several devices available (both brand and generic), and the cost to patients can vary greatly. In addition to information regarding differences in the devices and an update on the nationwide shortage of brand EpiPen, the take away…

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June 24th, 2019 | Pharmacy Pearls

This edition of Pharmacy Pearls highlights the availability of several generic maintenance inhalers now on the market and how to ensure patients get the least expensive formulation at the pharmacy. The goal is to increase patient access to these inhalers, so we encourage the use of the generics whenever possible and Symbicort when the generics…

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