Pharmacy E-News

Pharmacy E-News helps contracted network physicians obtain the latest drug information without drug company bias. The quarterly newsletter contains clinical information on pharmacy topics relevant to primary care, including evaluations of new drugs, reviews of significant published studies, and FDA safety warnings.

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Q3-Q4 2019 (PDF)

  • 2020 Medicare Star Rating - pharmacy update
  • Kaiser Permanente pharmacy expansion of Naloxone CDTA to all Kaiser Permanente pharmacies
  • Post-operative opioid prescribing
  • Beers Criteria 2019 update on high risk medications in the elderly
  • FDA medication alert

May 2019 (PDF)

  • New preferred inhaled corticosteroid: Alvesco® (ciclesonide)
  • Impact of boosted anti-retroviral therapies on the Pharmacokinetics and Efficacy of Antiplatelet Agents
  • Kaiser Permanente Washington medication adherence services overview
  • Safety alert: Budesonide Respules (Pulmicort®)
  • FDA medication alert

February 2019 (PDF)

  • Aspirin for primary prevention in patients with diabetes
  • Important updates to hypertension guideline
  • Oral anticoagulant prescription trends in patients with Atrial Fibrillation
  • New requirements in opioid prescribing
  • FDA medication alert

November 2018 (PDF)

  • Comprehensive medication reviews associated with lower high-risk medication use
  • Identifying gluten-free medications
  • Current literature on cannabidiol-containing products
  • FDA safety alert: rare occurrences of a serious infection of the genital area