The Changing Arena of Pharmacy Practice

Recent Developments In the past 20 years the pharmacist’s new role as therapeutic advisor is most noticeable in the hospital setting. But the duty to oversee drug therapy in the community through the use of patient profiles is another vital aspect of pharmacy practice. Social and market forces have combined to influence the environments in […]

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Proving Pharmacist Negligence

To prove that a person acted negligently, one must show that he or she failed to exercise a degree of care that a person of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances. To win a pharmacist negligence case, the plaintiff must prove four elements: duty, breach of that duty, injury or harm, and […]

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Medication Errors: The Duties of the Pharmacist

The practice of pharmacy has greatly evolved from ancient times to the present. In colonial America, the village apothecary served as both doctor and pharmacist. Later, as “druggists,” pharmacists acquired the skills to compound and formulate more complex medicines. The rise of the pharmaceutical industry after WWII diminished the pharmacist’s role as compounder of drugs. […]

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Top Ten Drugs Involved in Medication Errors

Every year, as many as 7,000 Americans die because of medication errors. Many of these deaths are preventable and, in spite of efforts to reduce prescription mistakes, these tragedies persist. Developing an understanding as to how these problems arise is the best way to anticipate problems and avoid being hurt by drugs that, for the […]

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Top Ten Drugs Involved in Medication Errors: Heparin

#5 Heparin Basic Characteristics Heparin is an anticoagulant. It is used to reduce the clotting ability of the blood and to prevent the formation of harmful clots in blood vessels. Heparin is sometimes called a blood thinner but it does not actually thin the blood. Although it will not dissolve clots that have already formed, […]

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