Fda Approved Drugs- How Do Medical Specialists Stay Current?

by CF Thompson - Date: 2008-08-02 - Word Count: 549 Share This!

Last month the FDA approved about 40 medications and 6 new drugs obtained tentative approval.
With so numerous drugs produced and approved it is overwhelming to consider how physicians, pharmacists, pharmacy techs, can keep pace with the information.
There is finally Auidiolearn.net is helping to bridge the gap. They provide audios with over 500 commonly prescribed drugs. The public and medical professionals can also subscribe to the monthly updates at no charge. Audio learning? What a great idea. The audio includes interactions, side effects, indications, and mechanism of action. When else will these busy people have a chance to keep abreast the newest drugs?
It is easy to know of a doctor who has not heard of a newly approved medication that will have fewer adverse interactions with other drugs or treat an illness more effectively. When was the last time a physician ordered a less effective mediation than one that physician prescribe the most current medication? No one knows. It is going to take a concerted effort on the part of all professionals to keep up to date with the changes.
This is particularly difficult for older patients. Many of the older patients are not computer literate. Many are 100% dependent on their physician to give them advice based on current medications. The elderly take many drugs on a routine basis. They often visit more than one doctor and their physicians don't always communicate.
If a patient only goes to the physician annual at best, then this can be a year of consuming a drug, that is inferior to alternative on the market. Many patients suffer overwhelming side effects, such as, stomach pains, muscle aches, bloating, cramping and rapid heart beat or worse.
Many insurance companies will not pay for brand name medications, when there is a generic alternative. What if the drug store fills a prescription as ordered and a generic available? A drug store that is aware of the generic alternative may inform the physician to see if they will the generic. A pharmacy technician may first become aware of this when they try to but the charge through the insurance company and it comes back. Sometimes no one notices until the order is filled and the patient goes to pick up their order.
They ask the pharmacy tech why the bill is so high and the pharmacist looks into it. Of course, this takes up the pharmacy tech's valuable. They come back and say that there is a generic available and the insurance company will not provide the coverage to brand name medications! Some consumers may ask that the pharmacist call the physicians office.
On the other hand most customers aren't aware of the problem with the price. They will not talk to the pharmacist and will either pay the more money or not buy the drugs even though it is necessary. The higher price without insurance coverage is out of the price range for numerous people.
This may seem outrageous, but there are millions of elderly people who have to select between eating and medications. They simply don't have enough money for both. Notably, it is an unacceptable circumstance, but it takes time and effort to keep up.
Whether you are a physician, nurse, pharmacist, pharmacy tech please take an active part in providing your patients with the most current information.

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