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11 Jul 2010

The now-famous reports from the Institute of Medicine, “To Err is Human” (November 1999) and “Crossing the Quality Chasm” (March 2001), called for a top-down review of the American health care system. The review that these reports call for should include a detailed focus on error-reporting and prevention programs. These types of programs have been promulgated in other industries, especially in aviation and nuclear power, with key components including confidentiality, […]

Channel BlockersThe results of this study indicate that switching patients from amlodipine to either ER or nifedipine CC resulted in the expected reduction in acquisition costs for DHPs, but a significant increase in the overall cost of therapy for patients with hypertension or hypertension and angina. This […]

Records Evaluated

A total of 372 randomly selected patient records were reviewed. Fifty-four of the patients whose records were selected were no longer receiving antihypertensive therapy, and they were excluded from the analysis. Four additional patients died during the follow-up period, and their records were also excluded. Thus, records from 314 patients form the basis for the results described in this section. The baseline demographic and clinical characteristics for these […]

This study was a retrospective utilization and cost analysis based on the records of patients using pharmacy services at Martin Army Community Hospital in Fort Benning, Georgia, who had been prescribed in the past and were switched to either felodipine ER or nifedipine CC beginning in January of 1999.

Switching CalciumEffective management of patients with hypertension is a health care priority because of the increased risk for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality associated with this disease and the significant economic burden that results if it is left untreated. The American Heart Association (AHA) has estimated the annual […]

Each year in the U.S., cardiovascular disease claims more lives than the next seven leading causes of mortality combined. During 1999, it was estimated that more than 59 million Americans had one or more types of cardiovascular disease; in 1996 (the most recent year for which statistics are available), cardiovascular disease had been at least a contributing factor in the deaths of 1.4 million individuals. Myocardial infarction is the primary […]

Gastrointestinal InjuryDuring the past two decades, numerous studies have quantified the relative risk for the development of gastrointestinal injury in patients receiving aspirin or nonselective COX-1/COX-2 NSAIDs.

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