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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.
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.
The article offers a systematic approach for the management of anticoagulation and adjustment of warfarin doses.
The authors outline the implications of the new Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act for both patients and physicians.
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.
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.
Patient education piece designed to help indigent patients identify sources of free and discounted pharmaceuticals.
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.
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.
This article reviews two kinds of prescription-based medication errors ? distractions and distortions ? and suggests simple techniques to help physicians prevent such errors.