24
Jul

Technology And Pharmacists Really Changed The Industry

The ongoing shortage of pharmacists, coupled with third-party reimbursements and the low margins they entail, have caused operational challenges for drug stores, and many retailers are meeting those challenges with technological solutions.

Numerous retailers indicate that without automation and other pharmacy technology consumers would face long waits for their prescriptions to be filled, and chains would even be forced to close some of their pharmacies for part of the day.

The aid technology gives pharmacists, they note, has helped pharmacists handle the expanded workload that has besieged them in recent years and helped minimize the number of dispensing errors.

“Our ultimate goal is to alleviate pharmacists’ work stress and further enhance patient care by freeing the pharmacist’s time,” comments London Drugs Ltd. general manager of pharmacy John Tse. “By employing automation we realized that we could grow our business without adding staff.”

According to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the number of prescriptions filled in the United States is expected to increase by a third from the current 3 billion a year to more than 4 billion

20
Jul

Vitamins And Minerals Which Are Good For Your Bones

vamThe sunlight is the source of vitamin D, so every day each person should spend some time working or walking outside in order to get a daily dose of vitamin D. This is also valid for patients who suffer of joints pain that is result of rheumatoid arthritis. Vitamin D can affect the joints well and ease your pain if you suffer from RA disease. Some people claim that certain food can ease the fatigue and pain you feel, so consider planning a diet for rheumatoid arthritis. Your doctor may help you as well as common sense. We all know that Mediterranean diet is good for health, so if you do not eat fresh fruit and veggies, try including them into your daily meals. Mediterranean diet is full of excellent and delicious foods, so find your inspiration in Italian or Greek cuisine. Italian cuisine uses a lot of tomatoes, that are excellent antioxidants. Also, consider including fresh fruits, olives and olive oil that are used in both Greek and Italian cuisine. They are full of nutrients your bodies will need. …

18
Jul

Native Groups Take On Mining Interests

by admin in Environment

nafacAfter a protracted battle against a uranium processing company, the activist group Native Americans for a Clean Environment (NACE) played an instrumental role in shutting down the eastern Oklahoma facility last November. Sequoyah Fuels, which processed uranium for bombs and nuclear reactors, had been cited for over 15,000 violations of state and federal law over its 21-year history. Among other irregularities, the company disposed of thousands of tons of toxic and radioactive waste by calling it fertilizer, and a number of frogs with extra legs (one had nine) have been spotted near the facility. The final straw came when Sequoyah Fuels had an accident releasing a large cloud of nitrogen dioxide that caused about 30 area residents to be hospitalized.

Sequoyah Fuels may have been the most harmful employer in Vian and nearby Tahlequah, Oklahoma, but it was also one of the largest. And NACE’s Julie Moss is well aware of that fact. Sequoyah Fuels employed a number of Native Americans in a county that is 30 percent Cherokee.

“In the Cherokee Nation, unemployment and poverty levels are routinely two …

12
Jul

Health Breakthroughs Make Ladies’ Lives Better

If you’ve ever had a broken wrist, you know what a nuisance it is to wear a cast–and have your hand out of commission–for six to eight weeks. Now, thanks to a new technology, that time could be reduced to only two to four weeks.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a cement that “glues” broken wrist bones together. The paste is injected into the fracture site and hardens within two minutes, stabilizing the bones. Over time, the body absorbs the cement and produces new bone. Best candidates: those who have what’s known as a simple wrist fracture, meaning the broken bone is still aligned and is not protruding through the skin.

Things are lookin' good.

Things are lookin’ good.

Though the FDA has given this product the go-ahead, it has instructed the manufacturer to do further testing. Longer-term studies are needed to gauge the risks of refracture, arthritis, or joint degeneration.

Q: Occasionally I get a twitch in one of my eyes. Should I worry when this happens?

A: Relax–a twitch is usually nothing more than a “hiccup” of the eyelid, …

11
Jul

Innovator Programs In The DTP Realm

by admin in Technology

Adobe FrameMaker 5.5

If you specialize in producing long, technical documentation or other highly structured documents, Adobe FrameMaker 5.5 may be the best way to go. Its advanced cross-referencing, indexing, search/replace, list-generation, and hypertext capabilities far exceed those of the other packages. This version includes exceptional HTML and PDF repurposing features, Japanese-language support, character-level language capability, and font stretching.

The late beta version we looked at was feature-locked and very stable.

Many consider FrameMaker a difficult program to learn, but its Spartan interface, with its abundance of modeless dialog boxes, is one of the most efficient you may ever use. You can easily change a single parameter for every character style in a chapter without altering the rest of the formats in those styles, or update the parameters of table styleswithout wading through menus or dialog boxes. And though it has no Object palette, FrameMaker stores most settings within tabbed dialog boxes that can be parked in the corner until you want them.

A few options remain buried inside menus, however. For example, FrameMaker’s method of assigning master pages requires

3
Jul

Defining Recycled Paper: Is It Clear?

by admin in Financial

drpicThe battle over how recycled paper is defined may determine the fate of community recycling programs.

“What’s in a name?” Juliet asked. In the realm of recycled paper, the simple answer may be confusion. From the terms “wastepaper” to “recovered paper” to the very definition of “consumer,” recycling terminology is being scrutinized and analyzed, molded and marketed, by both paper industry executives and environmentalists. And the results are likely to shape the direction of office and neighborhood recycling programs for years .

At the heart of the battle over standards for recycled paper is how much – if any – paper collected from consumers will be required in paper to call it “recycled.”

This postconsumer paper is the lifeblood of community recycling programs. The greater the demand by companies making recycled paper, the more postconsumer paper will be worth to collect.

For example, in the late 1980s, as large numbers of recycling programs fired up across the county, a postconsumer newsprint glut developed. Rather than selling used newspapers collected in their recycling programs, many communities ended up paying to have …

16
Jun

Waste On Reservations? Just Say No!

by admin in Environment

worIn the last century, the U.S. Calvary deliberately gave Indians blankets infested with small pox. Today, the Department of Energy (DOE) is trying to foist off nuclear waste to reservations.

For Grace Thorpe, president of the National Environmental Coalition of Native Americans, little has changed in the intervening years. Thorpe first read in a newspaper about her tribe, Oklahoma’s Sac and Fox Nation, applying to DOE to consider her reservation for nuclear waste storage. After going door to door with petitions and bringing the issue to a tribal vote, Thorpe and other activists squelched plans to bring nuclear waste to her reservation.

Although Thorpe’s tribe elected not to accept nuclear waste, DOE is continuing to peddle its monitored retrievable storage (MRS) program to Native Americans, offering what could amount to millions of dollars in exchange for “temporary” storage of the deadliest waste known in the history of the world. Nineteen tribes and four counties have applied for $ 100,000 in grant money to study the feasibility of building facilities to house spent fuel rods from nuclear reactors. The waste would …