Expert Column

 
 
  • Drugs That Prolong the QT Interval In this column, Drs. Woosley and Romero discuss patient and drug-specific factors that increase the risk for QT prolongation and provide information to aid clinicians in reducing these risks.
  • MedWatch: Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting In this expert column, Norman Marks, MD, Director of the FDA's MedWatch program, discusses the role of MedWatch in adverse event reporting and in disseminating timely and targeted safety information.
  • Contrast Media Reactions Pose Serious Risk of Nephropathy Iodinated contrast media perform an important function in imaging, but they also can increase the risk for morbidity and mortality due to nephropathy.
  • Why Should I Report an Adverse Drug Event? Individual clinicians can play a vital role in detecting potentially serious adverse drug events -- and the safety of our drug supply depends on them.
  • Optimizing Pain Control With Fentanyl Patches This column answers common questions about the appropriate use of fentanyl transdermal patches.
  • Overcoming Barriers to Reporting Adverse Drug Events These strategies make it easier to report adverse drug events, which is an important responsibility for clinicians.
  • How and Why Should I Report an Adverse Drug Event? It's easy and fast if you know how -- plus, it promotes patient safety in the long run.
  • Nutrition Support for the Obese Surgical Patient When a surgical patient is obese, when and how should you adjust the nutrition support they receive after the operation?
  • Pharmacologic Treatment Options for IBS With Constipation An expert explains the latest understanding of available therapies for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation.
  • The Pharmacist Shortage: Where Do We Stand? A variety of issues could impact the pharmacist workforce in the near future, but one thing is clear right now: There simply aren't enough pharmacists to meet current needs.
  • CPOE: Fallible, Not Foolproof The benefits of CPOE seem endless, but the technology also has the potential to introduce new errors, breed a false sense of security, and shift attention away from other important sources of error.
  • Medication Adherence: A Literature Review Different patient groups have different challenges in complying with prescribed regimens. The authors review recent studies that describe these differences and suggest ways to improve adherence.