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Entries for March 2018

by Matt Satkowiak, Pharm.D., BCPS, clinical pharmacist, Munson Medical Center, Traverse City and northern regional representative   The landscape in northern Michigan may remain covered with snow, but Northern Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NMSHP) members are anxiously awaiting upcoming meetings in the spring. NMSHP is currently on winter break, following its last two meetin...

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By Zack LaDuke, Pharm.D., PGY1 pharmacy resident, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor   First introduced in 1980, thromboelastography (TEG®) is a diagnostic process that analyzes components of a patient's blood and allows clinicians to get a clearer picture of a patient's intrinsic hemostatic activity. Over the years, the technology has evolved into a point-of-care machine that can be ...

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By Marla Ekola, Pharm.D., BCPS, MBA, director of pharmacy, Memorial Healthcare, Owosso and Whitley Shaver, Pharm.D. candidate 2018, Ferris State University In March 2016, Gov. Snyder created the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission. In October 2017, the Trump Administration declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. In Dec. 2017, Lt. Gov. Calley signed into...

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By Dana Staat, Pharm.D., clinical pharmacy lead, internal medicine, Specturm Health-Butterworth, Grand Rapids and Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists immediate past-president It’s true. I have uttered those words: Give me more students! How many times in the last year have you wished for more students on rotation? Or maybe you haven’t offered a rotation for students because...

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By Heather Somand, Pharm.D., BCPS, manager medication use informatics, Michigan Medicine, Sinai Grace Hospital, Ann Arbor   During the last week of 2017, Lt. Gov. Calley signed into law a number of bills addressing opioid prescribing, monitoring, education and consent. As clinical informatics pharmacists, we will be asked to develop functionality within our electronic health records (EH...

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