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Pharmacy students weigh in: Understanding sundowning, opioid abuse, Abuse Deterrent Formulations and medication synchronization.

Sundowning (also known as sundown syndrome) is the emergence of neuropsychiatric symptoms in the late afternoon, evening or night. Typical symptoms include agitation, confusion, anxiety and aggression. Sundowning is not a psychiatric diagnosis, but is a broadly used term to describe a group of behaviors that occur at a specific time of day. These behaviors can include disorientation, pacing, wandering, erratic movement and screaming.

The gift of music: Incorporating “Music and Memory” program in pharmacist patient-centered care of dementia patients.

Last November, I watched “Alive Inside: Music and Memory,” a documentary that followed Dan Cohen, a social worker from New York City, on his quest to provide personalized digital iPod playlists for local nursing home residents diagnosed with dementia. The documentary spans three years and documents quality of life improvements in the patients as well as many additional and unexpected therapeutic benefits the music program provided

Ebola missteps

Questions have been raised regarding the United States’ policy to control drug-resistant bacteria.  In an article published in Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control, it is explained that evidence regarding the efficacy of identifying and isolating MRSA carriers, along with destroying the bacteria, has been distorted.  According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, MRSA

Up to 1/3 of rural hospitals in poor financial shape, auditor finds, calling report a baseline for local decisions that could be tough

As many as one-third of Kentucky’s rural hospitals are in poor financial shape, and the survival of some will likely depend on their willingness to adopt new business models, state Auditor Adam Edelen said Monday. Unveiling a nine-month study, Edelen said 15 of the 44 hospitals examined were in “poor financial health,” and warned, “Closure

The expanding role of pharmacists in a transformed healthcare system

Pharmacists practice in a variety of health care settings. Although they are most often associated with dispensing medications in retail pharmacies, their role is evolving to include providing direct care to patients as members of integrated health care provider teams. The critical role that medication management plays in treating chronic diseases suggests that the integration

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