Journal of Pharmacy Practice Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Journal description

Today's pharmacist needs to know the basics in many areas of practice. Many are turning to the Journal of Pharmacy Practice for a quick - yet comprehensive - background to specific topics vital to the profession. This is because each timely issue focuses in-depth on a single theme. Recent themes included: Asthma Pharmacotherapy, Emergency Toxicology, Chemical Dependency, Interdisciplinary Carepaths, Biotechnology, Diet Drug Disaster, Drug Information, Pain Management, Critical Care. The Journal of Pharmacy Practice is presented in a scholarly peer-review format. Guest editors are selected for particular expertise in the subject area, and then recruit contributors from that practice specialty, and bring the information together in a relevant and timely fashion for the pharmacist reader.

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Website Journal of Pharmacy Practice website
Other titles Journal of pharmacy practice (Online), Journal of pharmacy practice
ISSN 1531-1937
OCLC 44708155
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: To report perceptions of PharmD candidates regarding a behind-the-counter (BTC) class of medications and to identify perceived barriers to its successful implementation. Methods: PharmD candidates in their second, third, and fourth professional years were invited to complete an online survey. Responses were used to assess perceptions of competency and willingness to participate in a BTC program and perceived preparedness of the current community pharmacy practice environment for a BTC class of medications with regard to 8 specific classes of medications. Results: The survey response rate was 28%. In all, 78% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that a BTC class of medications is a change that they would be willing to embrace, and 54% agreed or strongly agreed that their PharmD curriculum provided them with adequate training in laboratory and diagnostic test interpretation. Less than half of the respondents agreed or strongly agreed that community pharmacies are currently equipped with the resources necessary to clinically assess a patient and dispense BTC medications. Conclusion: PharmD candidates are prepared and willing to participate in a BTC program but believe that the current community practice environment lacks access to resources necessary to do so.
    Journal of Pharmacy Practice 10/2015; DOI:10.1177/0897190015612594
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    ABSTRACT: Apixaban, an oral factor Xa inhibitor, has no commercially available assay to measure its activity and no specific antidote. To date, recommendations for managing bleeding associated with apixaban are based on studies with animal models and healthy volunteers (who do not have identified thrombogenic risk factors) and expert opinion. No clinical experience has been published in the literature. Ideally, apixaban would be reversed sufficiently to stop a perilous bleed without producing more thrombogenic risk than the patients' underlying risk factors. Three-factor prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC3) is the least thrombogenic among the suggested reversal agents. Fresh frozen plasma (FFP) is sometimes recommended to add to PCC3, but it adds considerable volume. We describe successful management of an active left gluteal arterial extravasation due to trauma and associated apixaban, in a patient with aortic stenosis and atrial fibrillation, by administration of PCC3 alone, without the added volume of FFP.
    Journal of Pharmacy Practice 10/2015; DOI:10.1177/0897190015613231
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction: Ensuring a culture that prioritizes and implements patient safety requires educating all future health care professionals to prepare them for their active role in reducing medical errors. There is limited literature describing integration of patient safety education into the curriculum of health care professionals, including pharmacists. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the perceived benefit of integrating patient safety education into a pharmacy curriculum. Methods: Second-year pharmacy students (P2s) completed a patient safety self-study, followed by in-class and experiential application of a root cause analysis (RCA). An electronic, anonymous postsurvey was administered to P2s and third-year pharmacy students (P3s) who had not had formal patient safety education. Results: Of the 310 students, 53% responded to the survey. Significantly more P2s reported more confidence to describe patient safety and its purpose (P = .0092), describe factors that influence patient safety (P = .0055), and conduct an RCA (P < .001). P2s also reported significantly better ability to conduct a RCA compared to P3s (88.9% positive vs 58.7%, respectively; P ≤ .001). Conclusions: Both classes perceived patient safety education to be valuable; however, formal education resulted in some significant improvements in perceived confidence and understanding, including ability to conduct an RCA.
    Journal of Pharmacy Practice 10/2015; DOI:10.1177/0897190015614478
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: Coagulopathy resulting from chronic liver disease (CLD) creates uncertainty regarding the risks and efficacy of pharmacologic venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis (ppx). We aim to describe patient characteristics associated with VTE ppx and the clinical impact of ppx in hospitalized patients with CLD. Methods: This retrospective study included patients with CLD, an international normalized ratio (INR) of ≥1.3, and hospital stay of ≥72 hours. Baseline characteristics, incidence of VTE, and major bleeding were compared between patients given ppx and those not given ppx. Results: Of 300 patients with CLD included, 157 (52%) received VTE ppx. Characteristics associated with VTE ppx were lower activated partial thromboplastin time, INR, bilirubin, and Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score as well as a higher Padua Prediction Score, hemoglobin, platelet count, and antiplatelet use. VTE occurred in 12 (7.6%) ppx versus 4 (2.8%) non-ppx patients (P = .07). Major bleeding occurred in 47 (30%) ppx versus 49 (34.3%) non-ppx patients (P = .46). Ppx was not associated with VTE or bleeding outcomes by multivariate regression. Conclusion: The use of VTE ppx in hospitalized patients with CLD was not associated with a lower risk of VTE nor did it increase the risk of bleeding. Further studies examining the risks and benefits of VTE ppx in this population are needed.
    Journal of Pharmacy Practice 10/2015; DOI:10.1177/0897190015611570
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    ABSTRACT: Multidrug resistant (MDR) bacterial infections are a major concern of health care providers due to their increasing incidence and associated mortality. In some cases, few or no antibiotics have preserved activity. Beta-lactam administration via continuous infusion can optimize time over minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC). In some cases, use of high-dose continuous infusion (HDCI) may be necessary to achieve serum levels in excess of nonsusceptible MIC values. The use of HDCI beta-lactams is not without risk, specifically neurotoxic adverse effects, which appear dose related. We describe a 64-year-old male who experienced myoclonus and nonconvulsive status epilepticus while receiving HDCI ceftazidime for treatment of multidrug resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteremia. This report serves as a cautionary example of the potential toxicities associated with HDCI beta-lactams and supports the importance of risk-benefit analysis prior to and during treatment. Additionally, the use of serum drug level monitoring may be necessary to better prevent or predict toxicity.
    Journal of Pharmacy Practice 10/2015; DOI:10.1177/0897190015608503

  • Journal of Pharmacy Practice 10/2015; 28(6). DOI:10.1177/0897190015607343
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: The objective of this study was to explore patient perceptions and the practical implication of using a brief 9-item scale to screen for medication-related problems in community pharmacies. Methods: Semistructured, audio-recorded, telephonic interviews were conducted with 40 patients who completed the scale and reviewed its results with their pharmacist. Audio recordings were transcribed verbatim and analyzed using qualitative methods to identify themes. Results: Patients generally reported the scale was simple to complete and could be used easily in other community pharmacies. Participants shared they had increased understanding of their medications and confidence that their medication therapy was appropriate. Several patients reported having actual medication-related problems identified and resolved through the use of the scale. Patients also reported improved relationships with pharmacists and heightened belief in the value provided by pharmacists. Conclusions: This screening tool may have value in increasing patients' understanding of and confidence in their medications, enhancing pharmacist-patient relationships, and identifying problems requiring additional interventions.
    Journal of Pharmacy Practice 10/2015; DOI:10.1177/0897190015605015

  • Journal of Pharmacy Practice 09/2015; 28(5):482-3. DOI:10.1177/0897190015585738

  • Journal of Pharmacy Practice 09/2015; 28(5):486-7. DOI:10.1177/0897190015600647
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    Journal of Pharmacy Practice 08/2015; 28(5). DOI:10.1177/0897190015598238
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    ABSTRACT: The increasing number of newer type 2 diabetes therapies has allowed providers an increased armamentarium for the optimal management of patients with diabetes. In fact, these newer agents have unique benefits in the management of type 2 diabetes. However, they are also associated with certain adverse effects. This review article aims to describe the notable adverse effects of these newer antidiabetic therapies including the glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonists, dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors, and the sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors. The adverse effects reviewed herein include pancreatitis, medullary thyroid carcinoma, heart failure, gastrointestinal disturbances, renal impairment, and genitourinary infections. More clinical data are necessary to solidify the association of some of these adverse effects with the newer diabetes agents. However, it is important for health care practitioners to be well informed and prepared to properly monitor patients for these adverse effects. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Pharmacy Practice 07/2015; DOI:10.1177/0897190015594732
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    ABSTRACT: This article provides an overview of the current use of point-of-care testing (POCT) and its utility for patients' self-management of chronic disease states. Pharmacists utilize POCT to provide rapid laboratory diagnostic results as a monitoring tool in the management of their patients and in order to improve medication outcomes. Considerations for the transition to use of POCT in the home to further improve disease management and improve health care cost-effectiveness are discussed. Devices available for home use include those suitable for management of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, congestive heart failure, and anticoagulation. Many of these devices include software capabilities enabling patients to share important health information with health care providers using a computer. Limitations and challenges surrounding implementation of home POCT for patients include reliability of instrumentation, ability to coordinate data collection, necessary training requirements, and cost-effectiveness. Looking forward, the successful integration of POCT into the homes of patients is contingent on a concerted effort made by all members of the health care team. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Pharmacy Practice 06/2015; DOI:10.1177/0897190015587696
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    ABSTRACT: Lithium toxicity results in a range of gastrointestinal and neurologic signs and symptoms and can ultimately be fatal. Serum lithium levels may be unreliable when evaluating patients for toxicity, since levels may not be elevated in patients on chronic lithium therapy. Serum lithium levels may also be artificially elevated if blood is collected in a tube containing lithium heparin. We present a case of a woman on chronic lithium therapy whose lithium level was artificially elevated due to blood collection in an incorrect tube. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Pharmacy Practice 06/2015; 28(5). DOI:10.1177/0897190015587698
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the impact of a student pharmacist-run targeted medication intervention (TMI) program. Student pharmacists in their third professional year resolved TMIs at 5 independent pharmacies under the supervision of a pharmacist. A claims report of completed TMIs from the medication therapy management (MTM) platform, which captured the category and outcome of the TMIs and the estimated cost avoidance (ECA) level, was analyzed using descriptive statistics. Time spent was calculated using an estimation based on each of the tasks required to complete the TMI. Of the 156 TMIs that were billed, 42 (26.9%) were accepted, 24 (15.4%) were rejected, and 90 (57.7%) were unable to be reached. For TMIs where the prescribers or patients were reached, the acceptance rates were 20% and 71%, respectively. Student pharmacists spent a total of 25.2 hours completing TMIs, and the pharmacist spent 2 hours on administrative tasks. Total revenue generated from all TMIs was US$1058, which led to a revenue generation of US$38.90/h. Successfully completing 42 TMIs resulted in a savings to the health care system of approximately US$121 000. This pilot study demonstrates an innovative model for community pharmacies to complete TMIs by utilizing student pharmacists under the supervision of a pharmacist. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Pharmacy Practice 06/2015; DOI:10.1177/0897190015587697
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    ABSTRACT: The uptake of generic immunosuppressants lags comparatively to other drug classes, despite that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses identical bioequivalence standards for all drugs. Transplant societies acknowledge the cost savings associated with generic immunosuppressants and support their use following heart, lung, kidney, or bone marrow transplantation. Seven studies of the pharmacokinetics or clinical efficacy of generic mycophenolate mofetil compared to the innovator product are published; all studies and products were ex-United States. Three studies did not demonstrate any pharmacokinetic differences between generic and innovator products in healthy subjects, achieving FDA bioequivalence requirements. Two studies in renal allograft recipients demonstrated no difference in area under the curves between generic and innovator products, and in one, the maximum concentration (Cmax) fell outside the FDA regulatory range. Two studies revealed no difference in acute organ rejection or graft function in renal allograft recipients. Patient surveys indicate that cost is a barrier to immunosuppressant adherence. Generics present a viable method to reduce costs to payers, patients, and health care systems. Adherence to immunosuppressants is crucial to prevent graft failure. An affordable regimen potentially confers greater adherence. Concerns regarding the presumed inferiority of generic immunosuppressants should be assuaged by regulatory requirements for bioequivalency testing, transplant society position statements, and pharmacokinetic and clinical studies. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Pharmacy Practice 06/2015; DOI:10.1177/0897190015585758
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    ABSTRACT: This cross-sectional study enrolled 180 patients at a private family practice in Virginia. Total serum vitamin D concentrations were obtained weekly from January 30, 2013, through March 30, 2013, in consecutive patients regularly scheduled for laboratory work at the practice. Patients were categorized into 2 groups and analyzed for variant alleles in vitamin D receptor (VDR; rs2228570), cytochrome P450 2R1 (CYP2R1; rs10741657), 7-dehydrocholesterol reductase (DHCR7; rs12785878), and group-specific component (GC; rs2282679) to determine whether variants of those alleles influenced total serum 25(OH)D concentrations. One-hundred and eighty patients were enrolled, with 40 (22%) being sufficient, 25-hydroxy vitamin D level 25(OH)D ≥ 30 ng/mL, and 140 (78%) being insufficient, 25(OH)D < 30 ng/mL. Of the 4 genes, 2 genes, CYP2R1 (rs10741657) and GC (rs2282679), demonstrated a significant association related to vitamin D status. Subjects with 1 or more variant alleles at rs10741657 were almost 3.7 (odds ratio [OR] 3.67; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.35-9.99) times more likely be insufficient in vitamin D and subjects with 1 or more variant alleles at rs2282679 were about half (OR 0.42; 95% CI: 0.18-0.93) as likely to be insufficient in vitamin D. Allelic variations in CYP2R1 (rs10741657) and GC (rs2282679) affect vitamin D levels, but variant alleles on VDR (rs2228570) and DHCR7 (rs12785878) were not correlated with vitamin D deficiency, 25(OH)D < 30 ng/mL. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Pharmacy Practice 06/2015; DOI:10.1177/0897190015585876
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    ABSTRACT: Inhaled medications are recommended as first-line treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and can reduce exacerbations and hospitalizations. Low health literacy is associated with poor inhaler technique. This study examined whether handouts written specifically for patients with low health literacy are more effective in showing patients how to use their medications when compared to standard education materials. A prospective, experimental study was performed at a community-based hospital. Patients included in the study were admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of COPD, taking at least 1 inhaled medication and identified as having low health literacy based on a Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine-Short Form. Low health literacy handouts were compared against the standard hospital educational materials for inhalers. Correct technique during each demonstration was evaluated using a standardized checklist. Mean baseline scores for inhaler technique were 12.2 ± 2.2 steps correct for the control group and 13.4 ± 1.3 for the low health-literacy group of the 18 maximum points (P = nonsignificant). The mean change in inhaler technique score for the control group was 1.0 ± 1.8, while the mean change in inhaler technique score for the low health-literacy group was 2.1 ± 2.7 (P = .03). © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Pharmacy Practice 06/2015; DOI:10.1177/0897190015585759