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Medication Management

Is senior care going to pot?

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

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

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

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

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 But some people with certain Alzheimer's symptoms have a much high risk of relapse if drugs are withdrawn.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

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

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.

Warning labels reduced improper medicine crushing

August 16, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak

Researchers found that medicine packaging and training classes reduced the number of pill-crushing errors at nursing homes in the Netherlands. 

Pill organizers could put seniors at risk

August 16, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Researchers studied the effectiveness of pill organizers and found seniors who used multi-compartment compliance aids (MCAs) had a higher incidence of falls.

Simplifying Rx refills improves medication adherence

August 9, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Researchers found older adults who received mail-order prescriptions for chronic conditions were more likely to take their medicines when refills were bundled. 

Some Calif. ALFs swap antipsychotics for medical cannabis

August 1, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Some assisted living communities in California are trying medical marijuana as a substitute for antipsychotic medications in treating extreme behaviors in those with dementia.

Medical marijuana: Hashing out the legal issues

July 29, 2016  |  Alan C. Horowitz, Esq., RN

Many states have legalized medical marijuana, but when it comes to Medicare participants, it’s federal law that matters.

Battling hepatitis C in the elderly

July 26, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

As drug manufacturers continue to race for the leg-up in Hepatitis C treatments, providers need to be aware of seniors' special risk factors.


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