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A Healthier Way to Commute? Cycling Reduces Mortality in Patients with Diabetes

Physical activity is critical to preventing and treating diabetes and reduces cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mortality.  Although moderate-to-high intensity aerobic exercise of any type is likely beneficial, cycling is particularly attractive because it is a low-impact exercise (e.g. easier on the joints) and can potentially be used as a transportation method.

Guest Author:  Kristin Lutek, PharmD, BCACP, CDCES

Special Guest:  Seena L. Haines, PharmD, BCACP, NBC-HWC

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Annual Wellness Visits: Pharmacists Closing Care Gaps

Many older adults do not receive recommended screening exams or treatments and frequently take multiple medications that place them at high risk of adverse effects and drug-drug interactions. Pharmacists performing an Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) provides an opportunity to conduct a comprehensive medication review to identify and correct medication-related problems as well as close care gaps.

Guest Authors: Brenna Gelen, PharmD and Nicole Slater, PharmD, BCACP

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FOMO — Keeping Up With the Primary Literature

This episode is a collaboration between the ACCP Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network (PRN) ... and iForumRx.org.

Do you experience FOMO (aka fear of missing out) when it comes to the primary literature?  How can you keep on top of the never-ending stream of new evidence that's published (and presented) every day!  Of course, iForumRx is one way to keep abreast of the latest evidence ... but there are lots of great tools out there!  Our guests share with us their favorite tools for keeping up.

Guests:  Greg Castelli, PharmD, BCPS and Kate Cozart, PharmD, BCACP, BCPS, BCGP

Produced by Jonathan Hughes, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP and Anna Love, PharmD, BCACP

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Could a DOAC Replace Warfarin to Treat the Thrombotic Antiphospholipid Syndrome?

The thrombotic antiphospholipid syndrome (TAPS) is associated with atypical thromboembolic events and/or recurrent pregnancy loss. Patients with TAPS are at very high risk of recurrent thrombotic events and require indefinite therapy.  Warfarin therapy is very challenging to manage in this patient population and requires frequent monitoring.  Thus a direct oral anticoagulant would be a welcomed alternative to warfarin by many patients with TAPS.  But are they effective?

Guest Authors: Leslie Walters, PharmD, BCACP  and Jennifer Carie, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM

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The Top Ten Things Every Clinician Should Know About Sacubitril/Valsartan

Sacubitril/valsartan is considered part of the backbone of guideline-recommended therapies for the management of patients with heart failure. In 2021, sacubitril/valsartan became the preferred treatment over an ACEi or ARB in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) because it reduces the risk of cardiovascular death and hospitalization for heart failure in nearly all adult patients with chronic heart failure. All clinicians should be familiar with the indications, dosing, safety, and monitoring of sacubitril/valsartan.  Affordability, access, and inappropriate dose titration remain major barriers to achieving optimal outcomes.

Guest Authors:  Jessica Wooster, PharmD, BCACP and Elizabeth Yett, PharmD, BCACP

Special Guest:  Dustin (DJ) Clark, PharmD, BCACP

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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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