Medications

Enhancing well-being

Enhancing well-being

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I set out to re-examine dementia from a different framework — one that takes us beyond "interventions" and "programs" to a proactive, strength-based approach.

Fraudsters admit they bought nursing home drugs as part of $60 million scheme, feds announce

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A husband and wife have pleaded guilty to masterminding a sprawling drug diversion scheme that involved reselling nursing home medications, according to federal and state authorities.

Skilled nursing operator to pay $1 million over claims it failed to pay overtime, allow breaks

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Compass Health has agreed to a $1.1 million settlement in a class action lawsuit alleging that the skilled nursing provider did not pay overtime or allow workers to take needed breaks.

Caution needed with cognitive enhancers

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Cognitive enhancers, such as donepezil or rivastigmine, do not improve function in those who have mild cognitive impairment over the long term, new research reveals.

Medication storage container hits market

Medication storage container hits market

A new portable medication storage container is designed to allow patients to keep medicines dry and safe. SafeTote RX holds up to eight standard prescription bottles.

Ask the care expert ... about unused medications

Ask the care expert ... about unused medications

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I am getting mixed information from experienced staff members as to what has been passed along by our pharmacy company about discharging patients with their controlled and scheduled medications. No one can give me a definite answer whether this is legal or not. Can you help?

Common medications trigger Alzheimer's, researchers find

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Certain widely prescribed medications can trigger or slow the progress of Alzheimer's disease, according to recently published research.

Rising Alzheimer's toll presents an opportunity for vendors

Deaths linked to Alzheimer's disease have increased in the last decade while those for stroke, breast cancer and HIV have dropped, said researchers calling for more funding for the memory-robbing disease.

Nursing home antipsychotic legislation set aside

Nursing home antipsychotic legislation set aside

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The U.S. Senate did not approve legislation that would strengthen regulations for antipsychotic use in nursing homes, despite overwhelmingly passing a bill it was attached to on Thursday.

Antipsychotic drug use correlated to staffing levels

Antipsychotic drug use correlated to staffing levels

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While antipsychotic drug use overuse has decreased since 2005, nearly a quarter of U.S. nursing homes are still giving many residents the medications against recommendations, a Boston Globe analysis reveals.

Consultant pharmacists join call for delay in short-cycle dispensing for long-term care

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists recently joined a growing list of pharmacist- and healthcare-organizations that oppose a shorter prescription drug dispensing cycle for long-term care facilities.

DEA loosens grip on nursing home pain medications

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency on Thursday issued an interim rule that slightly relaxes its position on pain medications in nursing homes.

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