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DUR: Educational Articles

The purpose of this educational intervention component of DUR is to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of prescribing and dispensing practices for Medi-Cal recipients. Educational interventions include ongoing dissemination of information through the Medi-Cal provider bulletin process about clinically important, drug-specific therapy problems.


Alert: Online Report to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) – September 2017

2017 Immunization Updates: Influenza, HepA, Meningococcal, HPV, Adult Vaccines – September 2017

Clinical Review: Drug-Induced QT Interval Prolongation – August 2017

Drug Safety Communication: Risks of Codeine and Tramadol Use in Children – May 2017

Alert: Medi-Cal Expands Access to Adult Immunizations in Pharmacies – April 2017

Improving the Quality of Care: Overutilization of Proton Pump Inhibitors – April 2017

Improving the Quality of Care: Risks Associated with Use of Fluoroquinolones – February 2017

2016 Immunization Updates: Influenza, Meningococcal, Tdap, Hib, Rotavirus – September 2016

Clinical Review: The Treatment of Opioid Addiction with Buprenorphine – August 2016

Drug Safety Communication: New Safety Warnings Added to Prescription Opioids – April 2016

Clinical Review: Atypical Antipsychotics and Adverse Metabolic Effects – April 2016

Drug Safety Communication: Saxagliptin, Alogliptin and Risk of Heart Failure – April 2016

Alert: California Upgrades Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to CURES 2.0 – January 2016

Clinical Review: Concomitant Use of Anticholinergics and Antipsychotics – November 2015

Clinical Review: Morphine Equivalent Daily Dose to Prevent Opioid Overuse – September 2015

2015 Immunization Updates: Influenza, HPV, MenB, PVC13, and SB 277 – September 2015

Drug Safety Communication: NSAIDs Increase Chance of Heart Attack or Stroke – August 2015

Improving the Quality of Care: Antipsychotic Use in Children and Adolescents – March 2015

Drug Safety Communication: Varenicline and Alcohol Use – March 2015

Improving the Quality of Care: Methotrexate Use and Folate Supplementation – February 2015

Alert: Depression Among Perinatal Women is Overlooked and Undertreated – January 2015

Alert: Folic Acid Awareness Week is January 4th – 10th, 2015 – December 2014

Clinical Review: Use of Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Smoking Cessation – October 2014

2014 Immunization Updates: Influenza, Tdap and HPV – September 2014

In the News: Prescription Drug Abuse and Diversion of Controlled Substances – August 2014

Improving the Quality of Care: Appropriate Monitoring of Medication Therapy – May 2014

Clinical Review: Diagnosis and Treatment of Cough in Children and Adults – March 2014

Alert: Updated Clinical Recommendations for Incretin Therapy – January 2014

Improving the Quality of Care: Medication Management in Asthma – December 2013

Immunization Update: Tdap Vaccination with Every Pregnancy – November 2013

Immunization Update: The 2013 2014 Influenza Season – October 2013

Improving the Quality of Care: Therapeutic Monitoring of Anticonvulsants – August 2013

Drug Safety Communication: Valproate Use in Pregnant Women – July 2013

Drug Safety Communication: Post-Operative Codeine Use in Children – July 2013

Improving the Quality of Care: Therapeutic Monitoring in Diabetes – April 2013

Alert: April 27, 2013 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – March 2013

Improving the Quality of Care: Updated Guidelines for Migraine Prevention – February 2013

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