Understanding Medical English: Pharmacy and Medications

This course will help medical professionals gain confidence in their medical English communication and reading skills, specifically with pharmacy and medications. In this course, you will learn how to counsel patients in English on a wide variety of medication delivery devices, have the chance to hear about clinical topics, learn to pronounce some of the most common medications and medical conditions correctly, and learn the basics of the US pharmacy system.

Mental Health & Cardiovascular Disease: What's the Link?

Anxiety disorders are extremely common mental health disorder in the US, experienced by nearly 1 in 5 Americans in any year and nearly 1 in 3 Americans over the course of their lifetime. Symptoms are both emotional (eg, restlessness, irritability, feelings of apprehension) and physical (eg, tachycardia and shortness of breath, urinary frequency and diarrhea). Subtypes include GAD, social anxiety disorder, PD, and phobias.

SGLT2 Inhibitors: 4 Questions Go Back to Basics

The sodium glucose contransporter-2 inhibitors (SGLT2is) are a relatively new class of medications, less than 10-years-old; the first approval was for canagliflozin (Invokana) in 2013. Since then, they’ve become a mainstay of treatment for patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) including addition to professional society treatment algorithms; the SGLT2is also have demonstrated significant benefit in other health conditions in patients with and without T2D.

Behind the Scenes: Billing and Payment of COVID-19 Vaccines

The pandemic isn’t over. Even if your pharmacy hasn’t started giving COVID-19 vaccines yet, there is still plenty of opportunity to support this historic initiative. As of June 9, there were 140.44 million people fully vaccinated in the United States out of a total population of 328.2 million; 63.8% of adults have received at least one dose, and kids 12 and older are now able to receive the vaccine. In addition, it is very likely we are going to need boosters in the future, and pharmacies will be critical in that effort.

How to Discuss Brand vs. Generic Drugs With Your Patients

All of us who’ve been in practice for a while have taken care of patients who insist on either a branded product or a specific generic manufacturer for at least one of their medications. As pharmacists, it’s important not only to be on top of the differences and similarities between these, but also to communicate this information to patients in an effective way. Let’s explore ways we can discuss branded and generic products with our patients.

4 Side Gigs for Pharmacists

Since I started my side hustle in medical writing, I have come to realize that it is essential to diversify income sources. Few companies have all their revenue coming from one product, and virtually no investor would recommend having everything in just one type of investment. Yet many people are fine with all their income coming from one source. Even if you’re drawing a high salary, a layoff or an unforeseen situation where you are cut off from that income will result in earnings going to zero.

The Pros and Cons of Being a Floater, Staff Pharmacist, or Pharmacy Manager

In my first job out of school, I worked as a float pharmacist for a national chain and was fortunate to be in an amazing district, where I learned a lot and had great experiences in numerous stores. After about a year, I got the chance to pursue my dream and move to Hawaii, where I worked for about 8 months as a staff pharmacist at a long-term care pharmacy, and then later became its manager. I’ve managed a couple of different pharmacies since.

Tips for Being an A+ Preceptor for Pharmacy Students

You give a lot as a preceptor, but you get so much in return. Not only have I learned a lot from students working with me in pharmacy, but also the pharmacy practice and patient care have benefited as well. By helping catch potential errors, taking an active role in process improvement projects, jumping in the trenches with me during particularly busy times, and even making my job of hiring easy (I’ve hired a former pupil), students have left a lasting impact on rotation. Let’s look at how you can be sure your students are getting just as much out of being there as you’re getting out of them being there.

COVID-19 Vaccines: Early Mistakes and How You Can Avoid Them

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination campaign is thankfully in full force now in the US, with >128 million doses administered and almost 14% of the population having been fully vaccinated as of March 23, 2021. In Northeast Florida, where I work, we are aggressively vaccinating. The health system I work for, for example, has held clinics that have vaccinated close to 2500 people in 1 day (in addition to >5000 employees). Also, our health department, as well as other health systems,
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