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Psychotropics increase falls risk among NH residents

December 5, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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Researchers have found antipsychotics and antidepressants increase the risk of falls for nursing home residents. That risk increased by nearly three-fold when those residents took at least one prescription on a scheduled basis. 

Oklahoma LTC pharmacy expands

December 1, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
news

Boomer Solutions has opened another pharmacy in partnership with Guardian Pharmacy to serve Oklahoma seniors across the care continuum. 

Eli Lilly raises white flag on dementia drug trial

November 29, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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Plenty of hopes had been pinned on the experimental drug, but its disappointing trial results may lead the scientific community to rethink the approach to Alzheimer’s disease treatments.

12 steps to reducing antianxiety/hypnotic meds

November 8, 2016  |  Caralyn Davis
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Want to extend the efforts to reduce unnecessary medications even further? Here’s how you can cut back on other behavior medications in a non-pharmacological way.

CMS proposes new payment models for diabetes prevention and wellness

November 3, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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National Diabetes Awareness month takes on extra meaning as Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator of CMS, pushes for better diabetes care.

How much does blood pressure matter?

October 25, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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Older adults may reduce their risk of cardiovascular problems and stroke by taking an extra-aggressive approach to blood pressure management, says a NEJM study.

Is senior care going to pot?

October 7, 2016  |  Alan C. Horowitz, RN, Esq.
blog

As more states pass laws legalizing medical marijuana, how will federal lawmakers react to the new climate?

SCPC to Congress: Fix conflicting oversight and definitions of 'LTC pharmacy'

September 13, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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As senior care continues to spread into an array of settings, providers can be confused by the patchwork of regulations and the conflicting definitions of what constitutes a long-term care pharmacy.

Vitamin D may help reduce asthma attacks

September 13, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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A meta-analysis of people with mostly mild to moderate asthma found that vitamin D supplements decreased the number of asthma attacks that required use of oral steroids and reduced the number of trips to the emergency department.

Some Alzheimer’s cases are better off on drugs, study says

September 2, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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In the past few years, most nursing homes have been reducing the use of antipsychotic drugs in favor of non-pharmacological interventions. But some people with certain Alzheimer's symptoms have a much high risk of relapse if drugs are withdrawn.

LeadingAge CAST expands medication management matrix

August 30, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
news

The portfolio of free resources helps providers explore various technology for supporting medication management.

CMS releases more cost data for Part D drugs

August 22, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The latest data is a follow-on to the agency’s March report and provides additional cost data on the most-used drugs, the highest-cost drugs and other metrics for trend analyses.

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