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FDA issues warnings about side effects of fluoroquinolones and olanzapine

By Symbria Rx Services Consultant Pharmacist Tom Crowley, PharmD, CGP

The FDA publishes Drug Safety Communications to share recently-observed risks of FDA-approved drugs. Two recent communications provided important new information about the potentially serious side effects that fluoroquinolones and olanzapine may cause.

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Symbria-commissioned study shows strip packaging saves time during med pass

Skilled nursing communities can save a significant amount of time when they choose to use strip packaging instead of bingo cards for the medications nurses administer to residents, according to a new study by a team of University of North Texas researchers. The study, which was commissioned by Symbria, showed that strip packaging was a more efficient, less time-intensive form of packaging than bingo cards.

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New Symbria Rehab program takes therapy and exercise to the fifth power

Symbria Rehab recently launched a new program to give our skilled-nursing clients a significant competitive advantage: Tx5. Based on the innovative Day Rehab Program offered by many leading rehabilitation hospitals, Tx5 helps accelerate short-term patients' rehab and recovery by providing therapy followed by intermittent exercise sessions throughout each day of their stay to enhance functional recovery, strength, fitness performance, and safety.

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Hybrid strip packaging is available for specific-time and patient-centered-time medications

For communities using Patient Centered Care (PCC) pass times, Symbria Rx Services can provide a hybrid, single strip of medications that combines both PCC administration times (such as morning, evening, and bedtime) and specific medication times (such as 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.).

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Drug pricing roundup

In a continuing effort to keep you up-to-date on the current state of drug costs, we've rounded up a list of recent developments that are in the news this month, including a new study with good news about some generic drug costs during 2015, significant price increases for some commonly-prescribed medications, and the current backlog of generic drug applications at the FDA.

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Pitman Manor rolls out SeniorFITness program

In the spirit of improving strength, balance, and mobility for older adults, United Methodist Homes of New Jersey (UMHNJ) recently celebrated the grand opening of a new SeniorFITness program at its Pitman Manor senior community in Pitman, NJ. Several SeniorFITness team members, including Director of Education and Program Development Dr. Thomas Sattler, attended this event, which included interactive presentations and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the SeniorFITness gym.

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