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Devin Schmidt, Pharm.D., BCACP, ambulatory care pharmacist, Mercy Health Muskegon, Muskegon, Mich. In 2014, the Pharmacists' Patient Care Process was created by the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP) after a need was recognized for a consistent process in the delivery of patient-centered care across various practice settings of the pharmacy profession. Supported by 13 national ...

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By Julie Schmidt, Pharm.D., BCPS, clinical pharmacist, Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo It is safe to say we have all heard of the opioid epidemic currently happening in our nation and the effects it is having in our communities. If you are not aware of this situation, please refer to our mainstay pharmacy reference, Google, where you will find countless articles regarding the detrimenta...

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By Rachel Kenney, Pharm.D., BCPS-AQ ID, pharmacy specialist, antimicrobial stewardship, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit   Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) causes approximately 453,000 infections and 29,000 deaths in the United States (U.S.) annually.1 This reportable healthcare-associated infection is a priority across the entire healthcare continuum, resulting in 159,700 community-onset ...

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By Matthew Hecker, Pharm.D., PGY1 pharmacy practice resident, Sparrow Hospital, Lansing   Glucagon-like-peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists are a class of injectable and oral medications used in the treatment of type II diabetes. Injectable agents that are currently approved for use in the United States are: albiglutide (Tanzeum®), dulaglutide (Trulicity®), exenatide extended releas...

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By Steven Zhang, Pharm.D., PGY-1 pharmacy resident, Sparrow Hospital, Lansing   A major emerging issue in emergency medicine practice is the boarding of psychiatric patients awaiting placement. Boarding is defined as a patient remaining in the emergency department after admission to the facility, but has not been transferred to an inpatient unit. The American College of Emergency Physician...

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