Drug therapy

July/August 2015 Issue
MyMedSchedule Mobile [SPPACES: App Reviews]

The MyMedSchedule Mobile app enables patients to take an active role in managing their medications through setting reminders.

November/December 2014 Issue
How to Monitor Opioid Use for Your Patients With Chronic Pain [Feature]

A written policy, systematic process, and simple tools can help you to prescribe opioids safely and securely.

May/June 2014 Issue
Safe Opioids [SPPACES: App Reviews]

The Safe Opioids app provides resources and tools to help clinicians safely prescribe opioid medications for pain.

September/October 2013 Issue
There Is No Free Lunch -- Really [From The Editor]

How will the Sunshine Act affect your relationship with pharma?

March/April 2013 Issue
Medication Adherence: We Didn't Ask and They Didn't Tell [Feature]

The authors emphasize the importance of diagnosing medication nonadherence and determining how to minimize it for a given patient. They suggest approaches to the patient designed to uncover nonadherence, to avoid inadvertently encouraging it, and to encourage adherence.

November/December 2012 Issue
A Streamlined Approach to Prescription Management [Feature]

The authors argue for synchronizing prescription expiration dates for chronic medications to fall just after the next annual comprehensive care visit, so all of them can be renewed at once, without need for phone calls or unexpected interruptions.

November/December 2011 Issue
Rethinking Your Approach to Prescription "Refills" [Feature]

The authors recommend avoidance of automated or clerically mediated "refill" programs that allow patients to get prescriptions renewed without a physician visit; they emphasize the clinical and medicolegal importance of prescribing only in the context of a face-to-face visit.

November/December 2010 Issue
A Proactive Approach to Controlled Substance Refills [Feature]

The authors describe a process whereby practices can manage prescriptions for patients on narcotics for chronic pain, ensuring that patients have signed narcotics agreements, that prescriptions are refilled appropriately on schedule, that urine toxicology screening is carried out as appropriate. The process is also useful for patients taking stable dosages of other controlled substances.

May-Jun 2009 Issue
Eleven Patient Misconceptions About Antidepressants: How to Respond [Feature]

Patients may resist treatment for depression from a variety of misconceptions about the condition and its treatment. The author offers suggested counters to a variety of unfounded objections to treatment.

Mar-Apr 2009 Issue
Four Reasons Our Office is Pharma-Free [Opinion]

Those free gifts and samples might be costing you more than you realize.

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