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Drug therapy

Jan 2006 Issue
Are You Ready for Medicare Part D? [Feature]

The author explains the basics of the new Medicare Part D coverage so that family physicians will be able to answer patients' questions when the coverage takes effect in 2006.


Jun 2005 Issue
Helping Needy Patients Get Needed Medications [Improving Patient Care]

The article describes how one practice uses volunteers to implement its patient-assistance program, which helps needy patients receive free or discounted medicines from pharmaceutical companies.


May 2005 Issue
A Systematic Approach to Managing Warfarin Doses [Improving Patient Care]

The article offers a systematic approach for the management of anticoagulation and adjustment of warfarin doses.


Mar 2005 Issue
What You Need To Know About the Prescription Drug Act [Feature]

The authors outline the implications of the new Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act for both patients and physicians.


Mar 2003 Issue
Maintaining a Medication List in the Chart [Improving Patient Care]

The article explains how a simple medication list can simplify charting and help physicians avoid medication errors; the author offers a sample medication list used in his practice.


Nov-Dec 2002 Issue
How to Help Your Low-Income Patients Get Prescription Drugs [Feature]

This article will discuss ways that doctors can help their patients to gain access to prescription drugs at reduced costs. Pharmaceutical-company-sponsored patient assistance programs will be discussed as well as community-based assistance programs and other models.


Nov-Dec 2002 Issue
Resources for Affordable Prescription Medicine [Patient Education]

Patient education piece designed to help indigent patients identify sources of free and discounted pharmaceuticals.


Oct 2002 Issue
Good Medicine: E-Prescribing [Computers]

This article profiles one family practice's experience with electronic prescribing, describes the benefits and pitfalls of incorporating it into daily practice and addresses its usefulness as a tool for reducing prescription errors.


Oct 2002 Issue
Rethinking Refills [Improving Patient Care]

The article explains the use of a prescription medication protocol, which can empower a practice's staff to handle Rx refills more efficiently, resulitng in improved patient service, decreased Rx errors, and better use of physicians' time.


Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
Prescription Writing to Maximize Patient Safety [Feature]

This article reviews two kinds of prescription-based medication errors ? distractions and distortions ? and suggests simple techniques to help physicians prevent such errors.


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