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May 19, 2020
In this episode, we review ten clinical pearls about total parenteral nutrition (TPN) that all pharmacists should know.
April 28, 2020
In this episode, we will discuss the most recent evidence for the use of omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) for ASCVD risk reduction.
April 7, 2020
In this episode, we chat with Eris Tollkuci, PharmD, BCOP regarding what every non-onc healthcare provider should know about immune checkpoint inhibitors (specifically PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors) in patients with cancer.
March 17, 2020
In this episode, we summarize some of the most significant changes in the newest version of American Diabetes Association - 2020 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes guidelines.
February 25, 2020
In this episode, we review the pros, cons, and literature regarding the use of DOACs versus warfarin in obese patients with venous thromboembolism.
February 4, 2020
In this episode, we provide an overview of lifestyle medicine, its six pillars, and how it plays a role in improving health outcomes.
January 14, 2020
In this episode, we discuss clinical pearls and management related to chronic and acute hyperkalemia.
December 24, 2019
In this episode, we discuss the important updates in the 2019 IDSA Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) guidelines with Dr. Christie Bertram, PharmD, an Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist and Assistant Professor at Rosalind Franklin University’s College of Pharmacy.
December 3, 2019
In this episode, we review the three oral P2Y12 inhibitors on the market (clopidogrel, prasugrel, ticagrelor) and discuss each agent’s clinical pearls, comparative effectiveness, and unique precautions.
November 12, 2019
In this episode, we will discuss what is the latest and greatest from the GINA (Global INitiative for Asthma) 2019 guidelines, including new recommendations regarding rescue inhalers, tiotropium, and azithromycin for asthma.
October 22, 2019
In this episode, we discuss the newly published DAPA-HF trial, which studied dapagliflozin (a drug for diabetes) among patients who had heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) many of which did NOT have a history of diabetes.
October 1, 2019
In this episode, we provide an overview of chronic idiopathic constipation and discuss available treatment options with a particular focus on lubiprostone, linaclotide, plecanatide, and prucalopride.
September 10, 2019
In this episode, we will be discussing the recent updates in measles outbreaks, where the vaccination recommendations stand, and other preventative strategies.
August 20, 2019
We are proud to announce our 100th HelixTalk episode! In celebration, we sit down with Dr. Marc Abel, the Dean of the College of Pharmacy at RFUMS to discuss the profession of pharmacy and the future of pharmacy education.
July 30, 2019
In this episode, we enlist the help of Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Janeen Winnike, to discuss the various professional pharmacy organizations and the importance of networking via joining at least one as a student or pharmacist.
July 9, 2019
In this episode, we review guideline recommendations and recent evidence for secondary prevention of stroke, including risk factor modification, anticoagulant therapy (in patients with atrial fibrillation), and antiplatelet therapy (in patients with noncardioembolic stroke).
June 18, 2019
In this episode, we discuss the latest and the greatest updates regarding aspirin use in primary prevention and provide you with a summary of results from recently published primary literature.
May 28, 2019
In this episode we discuss the recent FDA approval of esketamine (Spravato) for the management of treatment resistant depression as an add on to oral antidepressant therapy. The agent is novel though so, too, may be its adverse effect profile and logistics of administration.
May 7, 2019
In this episode, we will review the pharmacology, efficacy, and safety of the most common NSAIDs on the market.
April 16, 2019
In this episode, we discuss the changes made in the American Diabetes Association’s 2019 Standards of Diabetes Care guideline as well as updates in therapy recommendations per ADA and ESDA consensus statement published in Fall 2018.
March 26, 2019
In this episode, we take a deep dive into the use of stimulants and other medications for management of ADHD. After decades of use, technology has resulted in changes to how they are administered. Furthermore new agents have become available, but are they an improvement?
March 5, 2019
In this episode, we discuss IV fluids for hospitalized patients, including normal saline (0.9% NaCl) and lactated ringer’s. In addition, we review the newest literature supporting the use of balanced crystalloids over normal saline from the SMART and SALT-ED trials.
February 12, 2019
In this episode, we are excited to have a special guest with us. Dr. Dyson Wake is Senior Clinical Specialist in Pharmacogenomics at NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Center for Molecular Medicine here in Chicagoland and is here to explain the current and future applications of pharmacogenomics to the area of personalized medicine, as well as expose some misconceptions.
January 22, 2019
In this episode, we review some of the most important new recommendations from the 2018 ACC/AHA guidelines for the management of blood cholesterol.
January 1, 2019
In this episode, we will review the FDA’s Unapproved Drugs Initiative and how it has impacted the availability and pricing of commonly used (but old) medications, such as colchicine and vasopressin.
December 11, 2018
In this episode, we will discuss a new class of medications for preventing migraines called CGRP antagonists, including an overview of their development, clinical efficacy, and future goals of further research in this area.
November 20, 2018
In this episode, we continue to review insulin therapy including dosing-related specifications, dosing adjustments, injection technique, patient counseling pearls, and the concept of a sliding scale.
October 30, 2018
In this episode, we discuss a broad overview of insulin topics ranging from the various types of insulins, dosage forms, brand/generic names, pharmacokinetic nuances, injection technique, and a wide variety of clinical pearls.
October 9, 2018
In this episode, we discuss vaccine related updates with our vaccine expert, Dr. Lauren Angelo. The updates discussed in this episode include the new shingles vaccine, the variety of influenza vaccines on the market, and several other updates.
September 18, 2018
In this episode, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a rate versus rhythm control strategy for atrial fibrillation.
August 28, 2018
In this episode, we discuss the importance of accurately recognizing depressive symptoms in patients with kidney disease and provide review the limited available literature regarding treatment in this population. We then discuss guidelines to determine some of the best treatment options for this unique subgroup of patients.
August 7, 2018
In this episode, we take a closer look at deuteration, specifically involving the medication deutetrabenazine (discussed back in episode 76). We feature a guest contributor from our pharmacy sciences department who assists us as we look at the drug design aspects of this unique molecule and its implications for research moving forward.
July 17, 2018
In this episode, we discuss some ways APPE students not only survive, but excel in the APPE rotations.
June 26, 2018
In this episode, we will review the diagnosis and treatment of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT).
June 5, 2018
In this episode, we interview Kathleen Lynch, PharmD and Ciantel (Adair) Blyler, PharmD, coauthors of the New England Journal of Medicine article, published in March 2018, investigating the role of pharmacist-led interventions for blood pressure reduction in black barbershops.
May 15, 2018
In this episode, we interview Janeen Winnike, Dean of the Office of Students Affairs at the RFUMS College of Pharmacy, regarding transitions from a student life to a practitioner life. With her previous role as an HR official within a large community pharmacy chain, she offers some “do’s and don’ts” for students transitioning into new practitioners.
April 24, 2018
In this episode, we discuss five clinical pearls about pulmonary embolism ranging from PE diagnosis, classification, and treatment. We specifically examine when and how alteplase is given for PE and its use with concurrent anticoagulation.
April 3, 2018
In this episode, we discuss two new agents (valbenazine and deutetrabenazine) -- the first of their kind to receive FDA approval to manage tardive dyskinesia most commonly associated with antipsychotic use.
March 13, 2018
In the previous episodes, we discussed how we should evaluate a patient’s bleeding and clotting risks as well as looked at recommendation for management for various anticoagulants. In this episode, we will continue the discussion to management of antiplatelets as well as when to resume both antiplatelets and anticoagulants following a procedure.
February 20, 2018
In this episode, we will discuss some important factors to consider in management of various anticoagulants. We will also provide agent specific pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic based recommendations.
January 30, 2018
In this episode, we discuss the efficacy and safety of probiotics for the prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) and Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD).
January 9, 2018
In this episode, we will review the surprising results of the VA/DoD's 2017 Clinical Practice Guidelines on Management of PTSD, particularly as it relates to the use of one particular agent, prazosin.
December 19, 2017
In this episode, we review the important changes in 2017 ACC/AHA guidelines for hypertension management in adults.
November 28, 2017
In this episode, we discuss the difficulty in identifying adverse drug reactions (ADR) that ACTUALLY occur from a drug therapy, how tertiary drug references (such as Micromedex or LexiComp) may be misleading, and what tips and tricks you can use to recognize the most clinically relevant ADRs for patient counseling.
November 7, 2017
In this episode, we interview Dylan Moe, PharmD, our very own alumnus, regarding the new Illinois rule requiring patient counseling for all new prescriptions and inquire how the new rule has impacted his pharmacy, work environment, and his opinions on the implementation of the rule.
October 17, 2017
In this episode, we will discuss the current state of benzodiazepine use, expected trends in prescribing, and risks associated with use. Lastly, we will discuss techniques for ensuring that a benzodiazepine taper is performed in a safe manner with lowest risk of harm.
September 26, 2017
In this episode, we discuss new evidence for cardiovascular outcomes in diabetics based on the LEADER trial (liraglutide) and CANVAS trials (canagliflozin). We also discuss the new FDA warning for canagliflozin regarding amputation risk.
September 5, 2017
In this episode, we discuss updates in diabetes management that includes nuances from the ADA’s Standards of Care 2017. We also review some newer pharmacologic agents, a fixed dose GLP-1 agonist and basal insulin combinations.
August 15, 2017
In this episode, we discuss three "older" antihypertensives that are not preferred first-line therapies: clonidine, methyldopa, and minoxidil.  We outline why these agents are not first-line therapies and review their pharmacology and adverse effect profiles.
July 25, 2017
In this episode, we discuss the history of ergot products for treatment of migraines. We compare their safety and efficacy to newer agents such as the triptans and assess their resultant place in therapy.
July 4, 2017
In this episode, we discuss several aspects of serotonin syndrome including the typical clinical presentation, its etiology and common drug-induced combinations, and how to appropriately manage the syndrome.
June 13, 2017
In this episode, we discuss the pathophysiology of embolic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation and review the use of left atrial occlusion devices, such as the WATCHMAN device, to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation without the use of anticoagulants like warfarin.
May 23, 2017
In this episode, we review the 12 recommendations from the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.  These recommendations are intended to help curb the opioid epidemic and provide guidance to healthcare providers regarding safer use o
May 2, 2017
In this episode, we discuss the concept of professional advocacy, with a particular focus on how to advocate for the profession of pharmacy and what tools and organizations are available to assist in being an advocate.
April 11, 2017
In this episode, we discuss with Dr. Megan Hartranft the five oncology drugs that every pharmacist should know about, which is a great review for P4 students who are currently preparing for the NAPLEX.  We cover cyclophosphamide, cisplatin, methotrexate, doxorubicin, and vincristine.
March 21, 2017
In this episode, we discuss the newest definition of sepsis and septic shock according to the Sepsis-3 criteria and the 2016 Surviving Sepsis guidelines.  We also review the scoring systems of “qSOFA” and “SOFA” and use a patient case to help demonstrate the new definitions.
February 28, 2017
In this episode, we discuss the overuse of proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy and several concerns regarding chronic use of this medication class, including hypomagnesemia, fracture risk, low seurm B12 levels, anemias, and increased risk of certain infections.
February 7, 2017
In this episode, we discuss the new FDA categorizations of biosimilars, the legal implications of biologic/biosimilar prescriptions, and the new "follow-on" approval pathway of Basaglar, a new insulin glargine U-100 product.
January 17, 2017
In this episode, we discuss the SPRINT trial (intensive vs. standard blood pressure control) using a case vignette of Mr. Wilson, a 55 year old patient presenting to a clinic with a blood pressure of 139/89 mmHg.
December 27, 2016
In this episode, we discuss precepting tips and clinical pearls with Dr. Brad Cannon.
December 6, 2016
In this episode, we discuss more of the most important drug interactions, including grapefruit juice with statins and calcium channel blockers, QT prolonging medications, levothyroxine with cations and PPIs, and PDE-5 inhibitors with nitrates.
November 15, 2016
In this episode, we discuss some of the most important drug interactions, including serotonin syndrome, St. John's wort, statins and CYP inhibitors, and antihypertensive medications with NSAIDs.
October 25, 2016
In this episode, we discuss two new naloxone devices (intramuscular Evzio and intranasal Narcan) and review new state laws that are expanding the role of pharmacists in dispensing these opioid reversal products.
October 4, 2016
In this episode, we discuss three shocking recommendations from the CHEST 2016 VTE guideline update.  We focus on (1) the debate between NOAC, DOAC, or TSOAC nomenclature, (2) the controversial recommendation of preferring NOACs over warfarin in VTE treatment, and (3) the efficacy of compression stocking for prevention and treatment of post-thrombotic syndrome.
September 13, 2016
In this episode, we discuss RFUMS's Interprofessional Community Clinic (ICC), a student-run clinic providing health services to underserved populations.  The students in this episode discuss how the ICC evolved and highlight pearls and challenges in starting and running a free health clinic or screening event.
August 23, 2016
In this episode, we discuss the self-care of nasal congestion and allergies, including systemic/topical decongestants, nasal corticosteroids, antihistamines, cromolyn, and alternative medicine therapies.
August 2, 2016
In this episode, we discuss self-care of cough and cold, including using PQRSTA or SCHOLAR-MAC to prompt relevant questions for patients, codeine, dextromethorphan, diphenhydramine, camphor, menthol, and guaifenesin.
July 12, 2016
In this episode, we discuss self-care of constipation including bulk-forming laxatives, hyperosmotic laxatives, emollient laxatives, lubricant laxatives, saline laxatives, and stimulant laxatives.
June 21, 2016
In this episode, we discuss self-care of heartburn and dyspepsia, including antacids, bismuth subsalicylate, H2 blockers, and PPIs.
May 31, 2016
In this episode, we discuss the science of carbohydrate-based sugars, sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners, and natural sweeteners with Dr. Eric Walters, author of the book "The Sweetener Book" and Professor at Rosalind Franklin University.
May 10, 2016
In this episode, we review the clinical presentation and treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).
April 19, 2016
In this episode, we discuss the BRIDGE trial, which investigated whether patients with atrial fibrillation on warfarin need a parenteral anticoagulant "bridge" in preparation and after an elective surgical procedure.
March 29, 2016
In this episode, we discuss the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture.
March 8, 2016
In this episode, we discuss the many facets of homeopathic medications, including legal status in the United States, safety and efficacy data, and the ethics of homeopathy from the point of view of practicing pharmacists.
February 16, 2016
In this episode, we discuss nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) with a particular focus on Diclegis (doxylamine/pyridoxine).
January 26, 2016
In this episode, we discuss suvarexant (Belsomra), the first dual orexin receptor antagonist approved in the United States for the treatment of insomnia.
January 5, 2016
In this episode, we have an in-depth review of how to measure glomerular filtration rate (GFR), including variants of the Cockcroft-Gault equation and newer, more accurate methods that may eventually be used to renally adjust certain medications.
December 15, 2015
In this episode, we discuss two agents newly approved for schizophrenia -- Rexulti (brexpiprazole) and cariprazine (Vraylar).
November 24, 2015
In this episode, we discuss two new anti-diabetic medications: empagliflozin (Jardiance) and the EMPA-REG OUTCOME trial as well as dulaglutide (Trulicity), a new GLP1 agonist.
November 3, 2015
In this podcast, we discuss three new injectable insulin formations: Toujeo (insulin glargine U-300), Humalog U-200 (insulin lispro), and Tresiba (insulin degludec).
October 13, 2015
In this episode, we discuss PCSK9 inhibitors, a new drug class for LDL lowering, with a particular focus on alirocumab (Praluent).
September 22, 2015
In this episode, we discuss the new drug class, ARNI, recently approved for heart failure with a focus on sacubatril/valsartan (Entresto) and the PARADIGM-HF trial.
September 1, 2015
In this episode, we discuss the therapeutic drug monitoring and dose adjustments for tacrolimus (Prograf) and lithium.
August 11, 2015
In this episode, we discuss the therapeutic drug monitoring and dose adjustments for valproic acid (Depakote/Depakene/Depakon) and digoxin (Lanoxin).
July 21, 2015
In this episode, we discuss the therapeutic drug monitoring and dose adjustments for warfarin (Coumadin) and phenytoin (Dilantin).
June 30, 2015
In this episode, we discuss malaria prophylaxis with atovaquone/proguanil, chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, doxycycline, mefloquine, and primaquine.
June 9, 2015
In this episode, we discuss six pivotal drug classes that have been FDA approved within the past 20 years. This is part 2 of a 2 part episode.
May 19, 2015
In this episode, we discuss six pivotal drug classes that have been FDA approved within the past 20 years.  This is part 1 of a 2 part episode.
April 28, 2015
In this episode, we interview Brad Cannon, PharmD regarding his career path in pharmacy and his viewpoints on the pharmacy profession.
April 7, 2015
In this episode, we discuss the optimal drug therapy for three different case vignettes -- depression, hypertension, and diabetes mellitus.
March 16, 2015
In this episode, we review historical and new treatment options for hepatitis C, including: peginterferon, rivabirin, boceprevir, telaprevir, sofosbuvir (Sovaldi), simeprevir (Olysio), ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir/dasabuvir (Viekira Pak), and ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (Harvoni). May 18, 2015 - Correction added in the beginning of the episode regarding Viekira Pak dosing regimen.
March 3, 2015
In this episode, we discuss the pharmacology of oversedation, the importance of sedation minimization strategies in mechanically ventilated patients, and overview the sedatives and analgesics commonly used in this patient population.
February 10, 2015
In this episode, we discuss risk factors for opioid-related adverse events, naloxone (Narcan, Evzio), and a number of non-narcotic agents for neuropathic pain.
January 20, 2015
In this episode, we summarize and discuss the clinical implications of the SMART trial (Salmeterol Multicenter Asthma Research Trial; Nelson et al, 2006).
December 16, 2014
In this episode, we discuss two controversial topics in the world of immunizations with Dr. Angelo -- the "high-dose" influenza vaccine and the expanded use of PCV13 (Prevnar-13).
December 2, 2014
In this episode, we review HIV therapy with Dr. Cottreau with a particular focus on Truvada, Atripla, Complera, Stribild, and Triumeq.
November 18, 2014
In this episode, we discuss the management of overactive bladder, including: oxybutynin (Ditropan, Oxytrol), tolterodine (Detrol), trospium (Sanctura), solifenacin (VESIcare), darifenacin (Enablex), fesoterodine (Toviaz), mirabegron (Myrbetriq), and onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox).
November 4, 2014
In this episode, we discuss newly approved agents for diabetes mellitus: Afrezza (inhaled human insulin), SGLT2 inhibitors (Invokana, Farxiga, Jardiance), and long-acting GLP-1 agonists (Bydureon, Tanzeum).
October 21, 2014
In this episode, we review a wide variety of cancer screening guidelines with a particular focus on the two most controversial screening areas: breast cancer screening with mammography and prostate cancer screening with PSA levels.
October 7, 2014
In this episode, we have a roundtable discussion regarding ASHP Midyear and the process of pursuing a pharmacy residency program.
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