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April 19, 2017
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February 16, 2017
Controlling Cholesterol with Statins
Information from the FDA, including commonly asked questions about cholesterol and statins:  1. What are statins? 
How do they work?  2. Why is it important to keep cholesterol levels in the blood low?  3. I’ve heard about “good” 
and “bad” cholesterol. What’s the difference?  4. I thought a healthy diet and regular exercise would keep my 
cholesterol in check. Not so?  5. I’ve heard that there are some risks to taking statins. Should I be worried?  6. I’ve 
heard you shouldn’t drink grapefruit juice if you’re taking a statin. Is that true?

February 13, 2017
Drug Costs Lead Many to Forgo Prescriptions
High drug costs kept about 45 million U.S. adults (18%) from filling a prescription last year, the nonprofit group 
Prescription Justice reports. Elsewhere, the percentage of adults not filling prescriptions due to cost in 2016 was 2% in 
the United Kingdom, where prescriptions are largely covered by national health insurance; 10% in Canada; 9% in 
Switzerland; 6% in Australia; 6% in New Zealand; 6% in Sweden; 4% in France; 4% in the Netherlands; and 3% in 
Norway. The report noted that the percentage in the United States has actually come down from 21%, before the 
Affordable Care Act went into effect in late 2013. The analysis was based on data from the Commonwealth Fund's 
2016 International Health Policy Survey of Adults, which polled about 2,000 U.S. adults and nearly 27,000 adults 
overall.

February 3, 2017
Using Vitamins, Herbals, and Other Dietary Supplements Wisely
A free, downloadable new brochure available from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).  Includes information 
on: What Is a Dietary Supplement and What Are the Benefits of Using Supplements?;  Are There Any Risks Associated 
With Using Dietary Supplements?; What Sources Should I Trust When Selecting Dietary Supplements?; How Can I Use 
Supplements Safely?; and Helpful Resources About Good Nutrition and Dietary Supplements.

February 3, 2017
Case in Point: Shared Responsibility for Medication Adherence
In litigation based on bad outcomes from drug therapy, courts often evaluate the shared responsibilities of the 
prescriber, the pharmacist, and the patient. A recent case from Pennsylvania provides the opportunity to consider the 
significance of a prescriber’s verification to a pharmacist of prescriptions that were issued with ambiguous directions. 
The case also considers the relevance of the patient’s prior nonadherence with drug therapy. (Source: Pharmacy 
Today, Jan. 2017, Volume 23, Issue 1, Page 45)

February 1, 2017
A time to focus on falls prevention
NCPIE serves as co-editor for a monthly column in Pharmacy Today (American
Pharmacists Association) The column is entitled “One-to-One” and is intended to help develop
pharmacists’ medication communication and counseling skills to promote safe and appropriate
medicine use.