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Pharmacy Newscapsule

Are you trying to keep up-to-date with consulting pharmacy news in Wisconsin? If so, check out the Pharmacy Newscapsule:
http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/rl_dsl/Publications/pharm-capsule.htm
The information is from a surveyor focus and very helpful for Administrators, Directors of Nursing and Consultant Pharmacists.

New Guidance for Vitamin D and Calcium

June 25, 2012 by  
Filed under Pharmacy, Update

“The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued draft guidance statements, on vitamin D and calcium supplementation to prevent cancer and osteoporotic fractures in adults.

For vitamin D and calcium, the Task Force found that there is insufficient evidence for the following:

1. To assess the balance of the benefits and harms of vitamin D supplementation, with or without calcium, for the primary prevention of cancer in adults,
2. To assess the balance of the benefits and harms of combined vitamin D and calcium supplementation for the primary prevention of fractures in premenopausal women or in men
3. To assess the balance of the benefits and harms of daily supplementation with >400 IU of vitamin D3 and 1,000 mg of calcium for the primary prevention of fractures in noninstitutionalized postmenopausal women.

In summary, the Task Force recommends against daily supplementation with ≤400 IU of vitamin D3 and 1,000 mg of calcium carbonate for the primary prevention of fractures in noninstitutionalized postmenopausal women. This is a grade D recommendation (There is moderate or high certainty that the service has no net benefit or that the harms outweigh the benefits).” Reference: http://www.acpinternist.org/weekly/archives/2012/6/19/index.html#1

Consulting Software

June 21, 2012 by  
Filed under Consultant Pharmacist

Are you looking for new consulting pharmacist software? Check out this link for a list of available software:

http://www.ascp.com/articles/consultant-pharmacist-software

TD assessment DVD

June 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Long Term Care

Have you been looking for a TD assessment DVD (AIMS/DISCUS) for training? College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) has a new DVD:
“We are pleased to announce the launch of an instructional DVD on “Drug-Induced Movement Disorders: A Clinical Guide to Rating Scales” by the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP).

This DVD features examinations of patients who display varying severities of movement disorders with the goal of demonstrating proper scale administration technique and consistent rating of movement severity. Featured rating scales include the more commonly utilized movement disorder rating scales as follows:

1. Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale (AIMS) to detect drug-induced tardive dyskinesia (TD).
2. Dyskinesia Identification System: Condensed User Scale (DISCUS) to detect drug-induced tardive dyskinesia (TD).
3. Modified Simpson-Angus Scale (MSAS) to measure drug-induced parkinsonism and other extrapyramidal system side effects (EPS).
4. Barnes Akathisia Rating Scale (BARS) to detect and monitor drug-induced akathisia.

This comprehensive DVD is viewable on your computer and DVD player and provides:

1. An introduction regarding the whys behind assessing and monitoring for movement disorders by Dr. John Kane.
2. Instructional examinations for the AIMS, DISCUS, MSAS and BARS.
3. The opportunity to score a practice case with instructor feedback for the AIMS and DISCUS.
4. Commentary and clinical pearls from experienced instructors as you observe them administering and scoring drug-induced movement disorders.

You can learn more about this DVD and/or purchase your DVD online at the member rate of $250 or non-member rate of $350. Pricing for streaming and additional licenses must be requested from CPNP at info@cpnp.org.” Reference: www.cpnp.org/DVD

Antipsychotic Initiative Launch March 29th

May 2, 2012 by  
Filed under Uncategorized

The link below provides a helpful checklist:
http://www.leadingage.org/phillips_antipsychotic_checklist.aspx

New Beer’s List!

April 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Update

Attached is the link for the updated 2012 Beer’s List:
https://www.dcri.org/trial-participation/the-beers-list/

Music Therapy

April 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Long Term Care

This program is for facilities it is called Well-Tuned.
http://www.musicandmemory.org/care-facility-setup.html

http://www.imnf.org/

WHCA

April 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Assisted Living, Long Term Care

“The Wisconsin Health Care Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to representing, protecting and advancing the interests of Wisconsin’s long-term care provider community and the residents they serve.” www.whca.com

https://connect.computility.com/directory/search.php?id=a19064b84fd53b933b383696c4f415b6

CMS Proposal

April 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Long Term Care, Pharmacy, Update

CMS Response to Proposed Consultant Pharmacist Independence Now Available, see link below:

https://online.ascp.com/ascpssa/ecmssamsganalytics.click_through?p_mail_id=E52329A1177715B1C7773

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