https://pubs.lib.umn.edu/index.php/innovations/issue/feed INNOVATIONS in pharmacy 2022-01-24T09:00:46-06:00 Jon Schommer, Ph.D. schom010@umn.edu Open Journal Systems Inspiring Inquiry and Improvement in Pharmacy Practice, Education, and Policy. A quarterly publication featuring case studies, clinical experiences, commentaries, idea papers, original research, review articles, and student projects that focus on leading edge, novel ideas for improving, modernizing, and advancing pharmacy practice, education, and policy. INNOVATIONS in pharmacy. https://pubs.lib.umn.edu/index.php/innovations/article/view/4298 Perspectives of Pharmacists on the Structure, Decision-Making, and Communication Practices of Multidisciplinary Cancer Teams in Alabama 2021-09-08T13:04:47-05:00 Moano Gnagna-Waka mgnagnaw@samford.edu Georges Adunlin gadunlin@samford.edu Katie Boyd jkboyd@samford.edu Patricia Jumbo-Lucioni pjumbolu@samford.edu Bolanle Bolaji bbolaji@uab.edu Matthew Asare matt_asare@baylor.edu <p><strong>Introduction:</strong> A multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach within cancer care settings is increasingly being adopted to improve patient outcomes due to the rising complexity of diagnosis and treatment. This study aims to explore the perspective of pharmacists on the structure, decision-making process, and communication practices of cancer MDTs.</p> <p><strong>Methods:</strong> A 25‐item online questionnaire was distributed to oncology‐related clinical pharmacists in Alabama. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics.</p> <p><strong>Results:</strong> A total of 15 pharmacists completed the survey. More than half of the respondents reported that MDT meetings were held mostly in person on a set schedule. While physicians primarily facilitated the meetings, patients and/or their caregivers were largely not invited to participate in them. The treating physician oversaw delivering and update to the patient and/or their caregivers after the MDT meetings. Most respondents indicated that positron emission and computed tomography were the most common sources of information available at initial case presentations. Overall, respondents strongly agreed that they felt comfortable sharing their opinions with others health professionals during MDT meetings.</p> <p><strong>Conclusions:</strong> This study provides evidence that oncology pharmacists are involved in MDT decision-making processes and communications but suggests the need to promote conditions to further their participation.</p> 2022-01-24T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Moano Gnagna-Waka, Georges Adunlin, Katie Boyd, Patricia Jumbo-Lucioni, Bolanle Bolaji , Matthew Asare https://pubs.lib.umn.edu/index.php/innovations/article/view/4493 Isolated Nail Pigmentation Induced by Minocycline: A Case Report 2021-12-05T15:18:57-06:00 Abigale Clark alclark@kansascity.edu Austin Ambur austin.b.ambur@gmail.com Rajiv Nathoo rn4288@yahoo.com <p>Isolated pigmentation of the nails induced by minocycline therapy is an uncommon occurrence that has only been reported in a handful of cases. In the reported cases of isolated nail discoloration, it has been suggested that nail discoloration may occur preceding other sites of pigmentary changes. As certain types of minocycline-induced pigmentation can be permanent, it is important for clinicians to be aware of this association and discontinue therapy as soon as pigmentary changes are noticed. In this report, we present a case of isolated nail discoloration in the setting of prolonged minocycline therapy for the treatment of rosacea.</p> 2022-01-24T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Abigale Clark, Austin Ambur, Rajiv Nathoo https://pubs.lib.umn.edu/index.php/innovations/article/view/4466 The State of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing in the Democratic Republic of Congo: The Journey so Far 2021-11-15T15:31:36-06:00 Melody Okereke melokereke30@gmail.com <p>Despite a population of over 89 million people, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has just 30 local pharmaceutical manufacturers (DRC) with the majority of manufacturers based in Kinshasa, the capital city. Of the total number of pharmaceutical products sold in the DRC, just 10% accounts for those manufactured locally. The DRC remains dependent on other countries such as China and India for the supply of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) -thus, local pharmaceutical manufacturing is therefore reliant on imported commodities and industrial machinery. Given the relevance of the pharmaceutical industry, it is vital to pay careful attention to the problems affecting it. Here, we assess the current situation of pharmaceutical manufacturing in the DRC, examine current challenges, and provide solutions for future development.</p> 2022-01-24T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Melody Okereke https://pubs.lib.umn.edu/index.php/innovations/article/view/4502 A Portrait of the Pharmacy Profession Globally: Pharmacist Universal Professional Identity and Establishment of Global Pharmacy Council 2021-12-10T22:04:04-06:00 Muhammad Ahmer Raza glxphrmc@gmail.com Shireez Aziz shireenaziz1994@yahoo.com Misbah Noree misbahshah101@gmail.com Irfan Anjum anjuum95@yahoo.com Shahid Masood Raza shahipharmacist@gmail.com <p>The roles of pharmacists are transforming throughout history and modern pharmacist has a crucial role in ensuring the efficacy and safety of applied drugs. It is a wonder that the pharmacy profession is still being viewed through an antiquated lens that is inconsistent with the diversity and extent of pharmacists’ current scope of practice. There is still much debate in the academic as well as the policy literature about the role of pharmacists and their unique contribution to healthcare. However, pharmacists have been variously characterized as makers of medicines, as pill pushers, pill counters, and bottle labelers, as managers, and as entrepreneurs. Given this variety of roles, the ‘professional identity’ of pharmacists could be viewed as problematic or confused. Having a clear professional identity provides a sense of worth, belonging, or purpose for the individual as well as the group and if that identity is unambiguous then the profession also becomes clearer and more focused. Thus, the purpose of this article was to provide an idea of the universal professional identity of pharmacists as healthcare practitioners’ under the Global Pharmacy Council (GPC). This GPC will enhance the impact of the profession of pharmacy on people’s lives in the context of healthcare trends.</p> 2022-01-25T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Muhammad Ahmer Raza, Shireez Aziz, Misbah Noree, Irfan Anjum, Shahid Masood Raza