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Don’t Miss a Beat: The Importance of Influenza Vaccination in Patients with Coronary Disease

Unfortunately, many patients with CAD do not receive the influenza vaccine every year.  And many patients being discharged from hospital after an acute coronary event don't receive it either. The IAMI (Influenza Vaccination After Myocardial Infarction) study was the first, large, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-center trial to investigate whether influenza vaccination could reduce the rate of cardiovascular events in high-risk adults with CAD.

Guest Authors:  Noelle Cordova, PharmD and Laura McAuliffe, PharmD, BCACP, CDCES

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Why is Thor’s Hammer, Molnupiravir, Considered a 4th Line Option for COVID-19?

Two novel oral antiviral agents were granted emergency use authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in late December 2021. Although it is named after Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir, molnupiravir was given a last place (4th line) recommendation by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) COVID-19 Treatment Guideline Panel.  What gives?

Guest Authors: Amanda Applegate, PharmD, BCACP and Mary Beth Dameron, PharmD, BCACP

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Top Ten Things Every Clinician Should Know about the 2022 Medical Standard of Care for Diabetes

Published in Diabetes Care every January, the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) provides recommendations for the care of patients with diabetes.  And every year clinicians eagerly read, discuss, and apply them in their practices.  In this episode, we discuss some of the highlights.

Guest Author: Jennifer N. Clements, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, CDCES, BC-ADM

Special Guest: Joshua Neumiller, PharmD, CDCES

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On the Look Out for Prescribing Cascades

Is my patient’s forgetfulness due to dementia or diphenhydramine? In older adults, adverse drug events (ADEs) can often be misinterpreted and lead to the initiation of new medications, which carry their own risks of ADEs … that can be misinterpreted as a new problem … leading to even more medications being prescribed.  In this episode, our guests critically examine a study that identified a new prescribing cascade:  gabapentinoid -> diuretics.

Guest Authors: Veronica Arceri, PharmD and Mallory Telese, BA, PharmD, BCACP 

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Thiazides in Chronic Kidney Disease: New Evidence Challenging Old Dogma

Thiazide diuretics have been in clinical use for more than 60 years. Small studies published in the 1950s/60s reported that chlorothiazide had less diuretic and antihypertensive effect in patients with lower glomerular filtration rates which led to the belief that thiazides are ineffective in advanced CKD.  The Chlorthalidone in Chronic Kidney Disease (CLICK) Trial challenges this dogma.

Guest Authors: Michael Ernst, PharmD, BCGP and Michelle A. Fravel, PharmD, BCPS

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Sequential Additions or Multicomponent Combination? Should Our Approach to Hypertension Be Re-examined?

Traditionally, hypertension management involves a stepwise approach where agents are titrated and added. Thus, achieving optimal BP control requires close follow-up, time, and resources.  Outside of these logistics, providers are prone to clinical inertia (aka fail to advance therapy when they should) and sometimes “push back” from patients who experience the burdens of treatment and follow-up. Perhaps it’s time to reconsider our approach to managing hypertension.

Guest Authors:  Erin Connolly, PharmD and Laura Varnum, PharmD, BCACP

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Extra Protection? Finerenone Use in Patients with Type 2 DM and CKD

Despite prevention efforts, about 1 in 3 patients diagnosed with diabetes have comorbid CKD. Half of these individuals have moderate to severe disease. Unlike patients with type 1 diabetes where it develops after many years after the diagnosis, CKD is commonly present at diagnosis in patients with type 2 diabetes. While many interventions are available to prevent the progression of CKD, more are needed.


Guest Authors: Katherine Montag Schafer, PharmD, BCACP, CDCES and Kyle Hunt, MD

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Assessing HER Acceptability of Contraception

More than half of women in the United States aged 15 to 49 years use a form of contraception. However, many women discontinue use during the first 12 months. Reasons for discontinuation include inconvenience, method failure, adverse effects, and cost. But another potential factor that is not as well-studied is the sexual acceptability of the contraceptive method.

Guest Authors:  Katherine Harte, PharmD and Allison Zuern, PharmD, BCPS, CDCES

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Preserving hope for patients with Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF)?

Although guideline-directed medical therapy substantially improves morbidity and mortality in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), treatments that clearly improve outcomes in those with HF and an EF >40% remain elusive. Unfortunately, the incidence and prevalence of HF are expected to substantially increase in the coming decades.  More evidence and effective treatments for those with HF with preserved ejection fraction are clearly needed.  Enter the EMPEROR-Preserved trial.

Guest Authors:  Gabrielle Givens, PharmD, BCPS and Robert Parker, PharmD

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Top Ten Things Every Clinician Should Know about Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM)

Continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) are now commonplace, and every clinician should know the basics about who can benefit from CGM use and how to address common questions and problems. 

Authors:  Brianna Patacini, PharmD, BCACP, CDCES and Dawn Fuke, PharmD, BCPS

Special Guest: Jennifer Trujillo, PharmD, BCPS, CDCES, BC-ADM

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