Monthly Archives: January 2012

Med Adherence – Difference between prescribed and dosing histories [Article]

Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology (2012 Feb 10;52:275-301. Epub 2011 Sep 19) – No big surprise here, but check out the graphs (posted below), especially the second one where you can see the effect poor compliance/adherence has on therapeutic concentration. Crazy. Abstract Satisfactory adherence to aptly prescribed medications is essential for good outcomes of patient […]

Surprise! Pharma says their “digital resources” are good for consumers

Sirensong Reliance on pharma-sponsored digital resources among online U.S. adults is significant. The research found “51% of online U.S. adults (ages 18+) use pharma-sponsored digital resources, such as condition and treatment information, disease management tools, doctor discussion guides, or mobile apps or websites.” This validates that the interactive information and tools produced by biopharma are […]

Look at the Transformer Prime with keyboard dock

Nice little review of the Transformer Prime (TFP) hardware at GigaOM. Make sure to check the game play at around 7:55 in the video. The reviewer plugs an Xbox 360 controller into the USB slot on the keyboard dock and uses it to play Shadow Run. How cool is that.  I really think the hybrid […]

Digital edition of U.S. Pharmacist off to a bad start

I received the announcement below in my email just a short time ago. So being the good little pharmacist that I am, I headed on over to the U.S. Pharmacist website to check it out. Imagine my surprise when I clicked on the digital issue link and was greeted with a “Service Unavailable” message (bottom […]

Impact of Anti-infective Drug Shortages [Article]

Clinical Infectious Disease (online January 19): Abstract Anti-infective shortages pose significant logistical and clinical challenges to hospitals and may be considered a public health emergency. Anti-infectives often represent irreplaceable life-saving treatments. Furthermore, few new agents are available to treat increasingly prevalent multidrug-resistant pathogens. Frequent anti-infective shortages have substantially altered patient care and may lead to […]

Yo, wouldn’t a high-tech laminar air flow hood be cool

We have so much technology around these days. I mean we have real-time patient monitoring, near field communication, telemedicine, smartphones, music and video in the cloud, and so on ad infinitum. So why is it that hospital pharmacies use the same old horizontal hoods that they’ve always used?

Domain expertise in healthcare can go a long way

mobilehealthnews: “[John] Sculley said [while speaking at the Digital Health Summit, CES 2012] that some companies have put too much emphasis on style over substance. “The thing that is missing is getting the people with the domain expertise aligned with the people with technological know-how to turn ideas into branded services,”” I think these comments […]

Contact lenses loaded with anesthetic medication

When I think of technological advances these are the things that come to mind. medGadget “…researchers at University of Florida are reporting that they developed a way to load topical anesthetics into contact lenses to provide extended delivery of pain relief in a uniform fashion.  And since many of the patients that undergo eye procedures […]

VGo telepresence robot has Verizon LTE

Engadget: “the VGo ‘bot — a chest-high roving device that has a display and camera built-in and allows patients and others to interact with a remote operator — is at CES this year to show off its inclusion of Verizon LTE, instead of the WiFi-only model we’ve seen in times past.” – So? So this […]

If I were to buy a tablet today…

I’m always on the lookout for a new tablet, and never more so then I am at this moment. My trusty Lenovo X201T is getting old. At more than a year, it’s downright ancient in computer technology years. It’s a dilemma to be sure. Fortunately for me there’s no shortage of tablets on the market: […]