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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.


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

Over-the-Counter Eye Drops and Nasal Sprays: Drug Safety Communication – November 2012

Prevent Pertussis: Improve the Adult Tdap Vaccination Rate – November 2012

YOU Can Influence Influenza Rates! Recommend Vaccination for Everyone 6 Months of Age and Older – November 2012

Use of Low-dose Quetiapine in the Medi-Cal Population – August 2012 (Updated November 2012)

Updated Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Hepatitis C (Genotype 1) – August 2012

Update: Persistence of Beta-Blocker Treatment After Myocardial Infarction – April 2012

Alert: Simvastatin Dosing Considerations – April 2012

Unapproved Cough, Cold, Allergy Products: FDA Prompts Removal from Market – February 2012

An Overview of Treatment Approaches to Insomnia – January 2012

Simvastatin-Induced Myopathy – September 2011

Public Health Crisis: An Epidemic of Prescription Opioid Abuse – July 2011

Proton-Pump Inhibitor-Induced Hypomagnesemia – May 2011

Pertussis Vaccine Recommendations Background – December 2010

Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Events in Diabetes – Updated Aspirin Recommendations – October 2010

Evolving Guidelines for the Use of Inhaled Long-Acting Beta-Agonists in the Treatment of Asthma – August 2010

Cardiovascular Safety of Rosiglitazone: Are Your Patients at Risk? – April 2010

Clopidogrel and Omeprazole – A Drug Interaction of Importance – February 2010

Acetaminophen – The Painless Killer Among Us – December 2009

Recommendations for and Potential Impact of the Influenza A H1N1 Virus (2009-H1N1) on the Medi-Cal Population – September 2009

Calcium Supplementation with Bisphosphonate Therapy for Osteoporosis – July 2009

Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drug Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis – April 2009

Immunization Recommendations in Preconception, Pregnant and Postpartum Women – October 2008

Utilization of Zolpidem in New Start Recipients – September 2008

Pharmacotherapy Management of COPD Exacerbation – April 2008

Rosiglitazone’s Role in Diabetes Treatment – January 2008

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