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Holidays and eating

The Holidays and Eating: Help!

Faced with all the homemade baked goods and massive helpings of turkey, ham or goose, you may be looking toward the holidays with trepidation. Food is everywhere. First, know that you are not alone in your worry. Everyone has been there. How do you cope? Here are some ideas that might make a difference for you during the holidays. If you are heading to a holiday shindig hosted by someone Read more [...]

specialty pharmacy innovation

Specialty Pharmacy: The History and Future of Managing Innovation

This past year, 2014, has been a tremendous year for specialty medication innovations. We witnessed many groundbreaking specialty drug releases for a host of chronic conditions including cancer, hepatitis C, inflammatory diseases, and multiple sclerosis. In some instances, innovations have hit the market in the forms of oral medications, which for some chronic conditions were previously unheard Read more [...]

Nurses app blog

Health App Intelligence: Finding the Right Apps for Working Nurses

With an estimated 40,000 professional mobile health apps in circulation today, it can feel like a job in and of itself for nurses to choose which apps to use. Even more elusive is the question of which health apps can solve the most problems for working nurses. Why health apps? According to research, nurses have been forced to spend less than 20 percent of their time on direct patient care. Read more [...]

Holidays and chronic illness

Coping with the Holidays and Chronic Disease

It’s the holiday season: holiday songs in the malls, decorations everywhere, commercials, TV shows and movies telling you that this is the time to be with family and friends…to feel connected. What if you are coping with grief, loss, or a chronic condition?   You may not feel included in this message.   Holiday expectations may, in fact, make you feel very alone and lonely. Many people Read more [...]

OTEZLA Psoriasis Dermatologists

MEDICATION NEWS UPDATE For Dermatologists

There’s a new medication available for your patients with plaque psoriasis.It is a systemic medication that is prescribed for people with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis who are using phototherapy (light therapy) or systemic therapy. It is also prescribed for people with psoriatic arthritis. The name of the drug is OTEZLA®. It works as a Phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitor or PDE4 inhibitor. OTEZLA Read more [...]

Patient-Provider Trust

The Patient-Provider Trust Formula

“Trust takes years to build, seconds to break and forever to repair.” - Unknown In his book Love Your Patient, Dr. Scott Diering provides a prescription for people working in the healthcare space. He suggests love, or the Greek term, agape, to heal relationships between patients and healthcare providers. Agape is a many-faceted concept that includes compassion, respect and humility. Engaging Read more [...]

Thanksgiving Thankfulness

Take a Moment: Be Thankful

Sometimes, day-to-day struggles feel as though they define life. Everyone experiences this. Whether it’s a job that isn’t a good fit, a difficulty with a child, a chronic illness that you or a family member lives with, the “trouble” is all that we can think about. That’s when it is helpful to take a moment: To experience and to reflect. First to experience: We can experience the cool Read more [...]

Love your patients blog

Love Your Patients

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” In May 2002, the legendary Nelson Mandela said these words. In healthcare, the opportunities to make a positive difference in others’ lives are present in each day, each hour, and in each moment. So, we ask the Read more [...]

Lung Cancer blog

Many With Lung Cancer Never Smoked

There’s a movement afoot—energized by parents, children, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters—to change the language of cancer prevention, specifically lung cancer prevention. Why? If you ask Deanna Hendrickson, founder of the twitter chat #lcsm (Lung Cancer Social Media), you begin to understand that efforts made to dissuade cigarette smoking have had the effect of stigmatizing everyone Read more [...]

Patients first blog-2

Patients First…What does that mean for specialty pharmacies?

“I’d rather know what type of a person has a disease than what disease a person has.” —Sir William Osler After countless hours of research, we have learned that the patient knows, better than anyone else, how well their healthcare provider is meeting their needs. Can I have a “Duh”? Perhaps this seems logical using 20/20 hindsight. But it isn’t that clear. Why has the patient’s Read more [...]