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By Mollie M. Reidenbach, Pharm.D., pharmacy practice resident, SpartanNash, Byron Center   Preconception care is defined as a set of interventions that work toward identifying and modifying biomedical, behavioral and social risks to women’s health or pregnancy outcomes through prevention and management.1,2 It refers to the healthcare a woman or man receives during the years in whi...

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By Katrina Capapas, Pharm.D., PGY1 pharmacy resident and  Cheryl Genord, R.Ph., pharmacy clinical specialist in pain management, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI   Prescription drug misuse and abuse continues to be a problem throughout the United States. Particularly, the dramatic increase of prescription opioids since 1999 has resulted in unrestricted availability of unuse...

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning health care professionals about the risk for dosing errors with the antibacterial drug Zerbaxa® (ceftolozane and tazobactam) due to confusion about the drug strength displayed on the vial and carton labeling. The vial label for Zerbaxa® was initially approved with a strength that reflects each individual active ingredient (e.g., 1 g/0....

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released new continuing education (CE) resources aimed toward helping hospital-based caregivers. The resources explain how to recognize which patients are at high risk for falls or pressure ulcers, and what steps can be taken to prevent these potentially serious problems. Learn about how leadership support and education/training of cli...

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MPA developed the Patient Safety Resource Center to provide both patients and pharmacy professionals with valuable resources and to empower them with information that will improve safety on both sides of the pharmacist-patient relationship.  The Resource Center, accessible to members at www.MichiganPharmacists.org/resources/patientsafety, features a landing page with information on one of t...

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