Drugs In The News

Lucas Reinhartz, PharmD Candidate; Michael Mueller, PhD Gonorrhea remains the second most commonly reported sexually transmitted disease in the United States behind chlamydia.1 Prevention and treatment of N. gonorrheae, through safe sex practices and antibiotics, can result in a decrease of male patients with epididymitis and female patients with pelvic inflammatory disease and the possibility of

Kathryn Samai, PharmD, BCPS Elderly patients have several unique issues related to antibiotic therapy. In addition to age-associated physiological changes and drug-drug interactions, adverse drug reactions are also a noteworthy concern specific to this population. By using evidence-based medicine, pharmacists can help identify, prevent and resolve adverse drug related problems in the elderly. Common adverse

Michael Golding, PharmD Candidate; Katherine Tromp, PharmD Pertussis, an illness characterized by a whooping cough, is caused by the bacteria Bordetella Pertussis. The disease frequently affects young children and infants. In the prevaccine era, pertussis was very common and a major cause of childhood mortality in the United States. Since the institution of routine childhood

Edward McLean, PharmD Candidate; Marcus Campbell, PharmD June 21, 2013 According to the data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on communicable diseases, the incidence of pertussis cases has been increasing over the past several years, most notably among the infant population.1 In order to combat this rising trend, The Advisory Committee on Immunization practices

Cierra Harden, PharmD Candidate; Katherine Tromp, PharmD; Marcus Campbell, PharmD Each year in the United States the influenza virus causes a contagious respiratory illness (“the flu”) with significant morbidity and mortality. People who become infected often have symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, and/or malaise. Hospitalization is sometimes required, typically in patients who are older,

Yevgeniy Lyutov; Mitchelle Rodriguez; Minh Trinh; Tam Tran, PharmD Candidates; Marcus W. Campbell PharmD, BC-ADM  Hydrocodone is a semisynthetic opioid agonist which works by binding to opiate receptors in the CNS, altering the perception of and response to pain as well as suppress the cough in the medullary center. Hydrocodone is commonly prescribed for analgesia

Yevgeniy Lyutov, PharmD Candidate; Mitchelle Rodriguez, PharmD Candidate; Katherine Tromp, PharmD Prescription drug abuse is the intentional use of a medication without a prescription, in a way other than as prescribed, or for the experience or feeling it causes.1 Prescription drug misuse can consists of using a medication in a manner or at a dose that

Brett Snyderman, PharmD Candidate; Marcus Campbell, BC-ADM A 26-week, open-label, multi-center, randomized, parallel-group trial sought to compare once weekly exenatide versus once daily liraglutide in patients with type 2 diabetes. The results of the DURATION-6 trial were published in the January 12th issue of The Lancet in the article titled “Exenatide once weekly versus liraglutide once

Ketal Patel, PharmD Candidate; Marcus Campbell, PharmD, BC-ADM Diabetes mellitus (DM) is highly prevalent in the United States. According to American Diabetes Association (ADA), 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.1 There are multiple classes of oral agents that are used for glycemic control.  One of the newest classes is the SGLT-2 (sodium-glucose

Lucas Reinhartz, Kimberly Crowell, Kristin Ludolph, Courtney Roberts, PharmD Candidates Ryan Wargo, PharmD, BCACP; Marcus Campbell, PharmD, BC-ADM The American Diabetes Association (ADA) issues clinical practice guidelines for the “Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes” every January. Some of the major revisions to the 2013 guideline include recommendations for a less stringent systolic blood pressure