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This study was undertaken to evaluate the attitudes of physicians toward formularies as well as services provided by the pharmacy department in a large integrated delivery system (IDS) with a multispecialty group practice. Surveys were sent to all 282 practitioners in the IDS, requesting information on their use of and satisfaction with the existing printed(More)
BACKGROUND Asthma still poses a substantial and unacceptable health and economic burden. The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) guidelines for the management of asthma continue to evolve based on emerging clinical data, improving the understanding of asthma and approaches to its management. OBJECTIVE To examine the clinical(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES To determine whether a vaccination program in a pharmacist-managed secondary prevention lipid clinic increased influenza immunization rates in a high-risk population, and whether age or gender disparity existed among those vaccinated. DESIGN Retrospective chart review. SETTING Large, multispecialty, group practice. PATIENTS A total of(More)
Current challenges in the management of multiple myeloma (MM) include the changing treatment landscape and the need for better care coordination and improved communication. A roundtable meeting involving key stakeholders (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, managed care professionals, pharmaceutical industry professionals, and patient care advocates) was held(More)
BACKGROUND Psoriasis is a debilitating chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease affecting approximately 7.4 million adults in the United States. Plaque psoriasis is the most common form, affecting 80% to 90% of patients. OBJECTIVES To describe the impact and challenges that psoriasis presents for various stakeholders, and to provide nondermatologist(More)
Hepatitis C virus infection is one of the main causes of chronic liver disease worldwide. Until recently, the standard antiviral regimen for hepatitis C was a combination of an interferon derivative and ribavirin, but a plethora of new antiviral drugs is becoming available. While these new drugs have shown great efficacy in clinical trials, observational(More)
Adherence to hydroxyurea (HU) is a significant modifying factor in sickle cell vaso-occlusive pain. We conducted a study using an electronic medication container-monitor-reminder device (GlowCap™) to track adherence and determine whether use of this device affected rates of HU adherence. Subjects were regular attendees to our clinic. They were given a(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), previously known as primary biliary cirrhosis and which has been designated an orphan condition, is a chronic autoimmune disease resulting in the destruction of the small bile ducts in the liver. Without(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine direct cost to patients associated with oral oncolytics for the management of multiple myeloma (MM) both before and after financial assistance, and assess the effect on adherence. METHODS In this retrospective study, pharmacy claims were analyzed for those patients with a diagnosis of MM who received thalidomide, lenalidomide, or(More)
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