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Is As-Needed Nasal Corticosteroid Use Needed for Allergic Rhinitis Management?

Allergic rhinitis affects millions of children and adults. Indeed, it is the fifth most common chronic disease in the United States.  Although people do not die from allergic rhinitis, it sure can make you feel miserable, disturb sleep, and impair daily activities. Guidelines recommend the use of intranasal corticosteroids on a daily basis since the onset of action takes a few days. In reality, however, patients adjust their treatment according to the severity of their symptoms. As-needed corticosteroid use is effective for the treatment and prevention of asthma symptoms. Can we apply this same concept to allergic rhinitis? Could the as-needed use of intranasal corticosteroids achieve the same outcomes as daily use?

Guest Authors: Lalitha Sukumar, PharmD; Alyssa Gallipani, PharmD, BCACP; and Rahul Jacob, PharmD

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Using shared decision-making tools: Are they worth it?

There’s no denying that shared decision making (SDM) is an effective communication approach for making patient-centered medical decisions across a variety of health conditions. However, while tools for SDM are often useful during patient visits with practitioners, studies have yielded mixed results with regard to patient outcomes.  A new study explores the impact of a SDM tool for anticoagulation selection in patients with atrial fibrillation compared to standard care.

Guest Authors:  Ashley Meredith, PharmD, BCACP, BCPS, CDCES and Chandler Howell, PharmD

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The Power of Pharmacist-to-Pharmacist Handoffs During Transitions of Care

Hospital readmissions are often medication-related and potentially preventable. Pharmacists can play a vital role in improving medication outcomes during transitions of care (TOC). Although numerous TOC practice models have been described, it remains unclear what practices will promote optimal continuity of care. A recently published study in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA) examined the impact of pharmacist-to-pharmacist handoffs using electronic communications to reduce hospital readmissions in high-risk patients.

Guest Authors: Jessica Wooster, PharmD, BCACP and Laressa Bethishou, PharmD, BCPS

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If Your Heart’s Not into It, Do You Really Need to Take Your Meds?

Dilated cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death and heart failure (HF) and the chief indication for cardiac transplantation. However, approximately 40% of patients see a significant improvement in left ventricular ejection fraction and reduction in the left ventricle size over time with pharmacologic treatment. As deprescribing becomes an increasingly important part of our clinical practice, we need more data about how deprescribing impacts outcomes, particularly in chronic diseases such as heart failure.  The recently published TRED-HF is attempted to address this important question: Is the burden of lifelong therapy with medications necessary or worth it in patients with "recovered" dilated cardiomyopathy?

Guest Author:  Jennifer Pruskowski, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, CPE

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D-PRESCRIBE Study: As Age Goes Up, The Medication Must Go Down!

The D-PRESCRIBE study provides compelling evidence that a focused, systematic medication review conducted by community-based pharmacists coupled with patient education and written recommendations to prescribers results in a significant reduction in the use of potentially inappropriate medications.  In this episode, Christine Dimaculangan reviews the methods and results of the D-PRESCRIBE study and our expert panelists discuss its implications and implementation.

Guests: Christine Dimaculangan, PharmD.; Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCPP, BCGP; and Emily Prohaska, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP

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