Did You Know? Influenza (Flu) vs SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

Did You Know? Influenza (Flu) vs SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

The Flu and COVID-19 have several overlapping features: Both are contagious respiratory illnesses that are caused by viruses. They can both spread from person-to-person, who are in close contact (within about 6 feet of one another). They are both spread mainly by...

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Did You Know?  Phosphate Binders

Did You Know? Phosphate Binders

Serum Phosphate Serum phosphate concentration is primarily determined by the ability of the kidneys to excrete dietary phosphate. In kidney disease, excretion can be impaired, leading to higher phosphate levels. Hyperphosphatemia has been associated with increased...

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Firvanq Vancomycin HCI Oral Solution

Firvanq Vancomycin HCI Oral Solution

HealthDirect Pharmacy Services Product Focus Indication and Description Firvanq® is a glycopeptide antibacterial oral solution indicated in adults and pediatric patients less than 18 years of age for the treatment of C. Difficile associated diarrhea and Enterocolitis...

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Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease

What is Chronic Kidney Disease? The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) defines chronic kidney disease as the presence of kidney damage or decreased kidney function for 3 or more months, irrespective of the cause. Kidney...

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Product Focus – Nuplazid (pimavanserin)

Product Focus – Nuplazid (pimavanserin)

Parkinson's Disease Parkinson's Disease: A disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement, often including tremors. Approximately 1 million people in the US live with Parkinson's disease (PD). More than 50% will develop Parkinson Disease Psychosis (PDP)...

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Ophthalmic Medications

Ophthalmic Medications

Did You Know? From CMS: §483.45(g) Labeling of Drugs and Biologicals and §483.45(h) Storage of Drugs and Biologicals: “Ensure that all drugs and biologicals used in the facility are labeled in accordance with professional standards, including expiration dates.” It is...

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Product Focus – Santyl Ointment (Collagenase)

Product Focus – Santyl Ointment (Collagenase)

Indication and Description Santyl Ointment is indicated for debriding dermal ulcers and severely burned areas. Dosage Collagenase Santyl Ointment should be applied once daily, or more frequently if the dressing becomes soiled, as from incontinence. When clinically...

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Insulin Expiration Dates: an Update

Insulin Expiration Dates: an Update

In the past, we have endeavored to provide LTC caregivers with the most accurate and current information regarding expiration dates of various drugs to avoid any confusion or unsafe practices. Though it has not been that long since we provided an insulin expiration...

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Tips for Navigating Allergy Season

Tips for Navigating Allergy Season

Allergic rhinitis is caused by allergens. Allergens are usually harmless substances but can trigger an allergic reaction in some people. There are two main types of allergic rhinitis: Seasonal or “hay fever” This type of allergic rhinitis is typically caused by...

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