Tarascon Pharmacopoeia Mobile App Meets Highest Level for Prescribing Safety

According to an article published in the Journal of Medical Toxicology, the Tarascon Pharmacopoeia mobile application is one of only two electronic prescribing apps to meet the highest level of safety for accurate prescribing information.

“Based on available download and usage data, we choose six popular medication reference apps available for the iPhone and an online reference commonly used at our institution to evaluate for the presence of relevant drug warnings. Warning types were categorized using investigator-defined classification as follows: category 1-warnings are in line with dosing information, category 2-warnings are advertised but listed separately from dosing information, category 3-warnings are listed but are not advertised and listed in a separate section from dosing information, and category 4-no boxed warnings
are present.”

The Tarascon Pharmacopoeia mobile application received a Category 1 rating. The article also when on to report:

“To the busy clinician with limited time and resources to devote to any individual task, prescribers rely on the convenience offered by electronic pharmacopoeia. This media provides the opportunity to deliver timely, current, and accurate information at the time they are needed.”

Read the full article at the US National Library of Medicine by clicking here. To download the Tarascon Pharmacopoeia mobile application, visit iTunes or Google Play.

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

http://taylormaneevent.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/ccam.jpgSpread the word: September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

For the month of September wear gold in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The goal of this month is to spotlight the types of cancer that affect approximately 15,780 children in the United States each year.

10 Fact About Childhood Cancer You Probably Didn’t Know

  1. The causes of childhood cancer are largely unknown
  2. Cancers found in children are biologically different from those seen in adults
  3. Average number of years lost to cancer–Children: 71 years versus Adults: 15 years
  4. Every day, approximately 250 kids around the world die from cancer; 91,250 lose their life to cancer each year
  5. Every year, 263,000 new cases of cancer affect children worldwide–that’s 720 cases per day!
  6. Cancer remains the number one disease killer of children. Cancer kills more kids in this country than AIDS, cystic fibrosis, and muscular dystrophy combined
  7. 2 out of 3 childhood cancer patients will have long lasting chronic conditions from treatment
  8. In 2012, the cost to RE-ELECT the SAME president was estimated to be 2.6 billion dollars. That same year, we spent less than 10% of that 2 billion dollars funding childhood cancer research
  9. The percentage of funding for drug development from pharmaceutical companies for childhood cancer research is almost zero because children’s cancer drugs aren’t profitable
  10. Less than 5% of Federal Government Cancer Research funding is dedicated to childhood cancer each year.

To learn more about how you can donate and participate in events to support childhood cancer visit:




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5-Star Review for Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2014 Disease Edition

We’re pleased to announce that our Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2014 Disease Edition authored by Mark A. Davis, MD, MS earned 5 stars and a perfect score of 100 from Doody’s Review Service. Reviewer Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences writes that this book “is about the most user-friendly of all of the references on the market for looking up medication information.”

Read more excerpts from the review:

“This versatile book enables clinicians to immediately find the medicines used to treat patients…For busy clinicians, this is a tremendous asset.

This version has much to offer physicians choosing a medication, particularly when treating patients with comorbid conditions or when previous prescriptions have failed or are otherwise unacceptable. This version includes all the information of previous versions, such as use in pregnancy, metabolism and excretion characteristics, and relative costs.”

Interested in learning more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Brings Awareness to a Little Understood Disease

The Jones & Bartlett Learning marketing team taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The Jones & Bartlett Learning marketing team taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Over the past few weeks, the social media phenomenon known as the Ice Bucket Challenge has brought unprecedented attention and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

With everyone from Charlie Rose to Benedict Cumberbatch to our very own teams at Jones & Bartlett Learning taking part in the challenge, the ALS Association reports that since the end of July, “more than 70,000 new donors” have contributed to the cause. According to Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association,

“We have never seen anything like this in the history of the disease. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the level of compassion, generosity and sense of humor that people are exhibiting as they take part in this impactful viral initiative.”

However, the ALS Association also notes that only about half of the general public fully understands the disease. One result of the Ice Bucket Challenge is the opportunity to explain that it is,

“… a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.”

0763755451Jones & Bartlett Learning is committed to ALS awareness and education. One key resource is Respiratory Management of ALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis by Lee Guion, RRT, MA, the first comprehensive textbook on the assessment and management of respiratory symptoms in ALS and other motor neuron diseases. Brings together the latest research, expert opinions, and treatment options for respiratory symptom management Provides a detailed, step-by-step approach to assessment of upper and lower airway structures and how motor neuron loss impairs function Treatment options emphasize symptom management and enhanced quality of life Includes palliative care, end-of-life decision making, and long term mechanical ventilation

To learn more about this title, visit our website.

To find out more about ALS or donate, please visit www.alsa.org or www.petefrates.com.

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HIV Essentials 2014, Seventh Edition Earns a 5-Star Review

HIV, medical, physicians, resource, text, book, reference, aidsGreat news– HIV Essentials 2014, Seventh Edition by Paul E. Sax, MD, Calvin J. Cohen, MD, MS, and Daniel R. Kuritzkes, MD, recently attained 5 stars and a perfect score of 100 from Doody’s Review Service. According to reviewer, Sara Hurtado Bares, MD, from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, it “is a concise handbook written by world-renowned experts in the field of HIV.”

Read more excerpts from the review:

“The book provides a step-by-step guide to the diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, and prevention of HIV infection and its complications. The majority of the book is presented in concise bullet points and easy-to-read tables which allow it to serve as an accessible guide that can be easily referenced when clinical questions arise, even during a busy clinic.

This revised and updated book is a welcome addition to my library. As a new attending, I referred to the tables on a regular basis during my first few weeks of independent practice and I am grateful to have this new version. More recently, I have found the tables and content to be useful when organizing lectures for medical students, residents, and even fellows.”

Want to learn more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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July is UV Protection Month!

Did you know July is UV Safety Month? With summer in the air and summer vacations in the horizon, it’s easy to forget to bring sunscreen and prevent a sunburn that can lead to worse conditions down the road.

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and the most preventable.

How much do you know about UV protection?



1. A sunscreen product is considered safe if it prevents sunburn:

  • True
  • False

2. Effective sunscreen protects your skin against ultraviolet (UVA) and ultraviolet (UVB) rays:

  • True
  • False


3. According to new FDA guidelines, what is the minimum SPF for sunscreen products to protect skin against all types of sun-induced damage:

  • SPF 15
  • SPF 15 with UVB Protection
  • Broad spectrum SPF 15
  • Broad spectrum SPF 55

4. If I have a darker complexion, I don’t need to use sunscreen:

  • True
  • False

5. If you stay in the sun all day, you should apply an entire 6oz. tube of sunscreen:

  • True
  • False

6. Aside from applying sunscreen, what can you do to protect your skin from the sun when you’re outdoors?

  • Wear protective clothing such as long sleeves, pants, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses
  • Seek shade, especially between 10am and 4pm
  • Always avoid tanning beds
  • All of the above


7. Which sunscreen label provides the most accurate description of its ability to protect your skin from the sun?

  • Sunblock
  • Sweatproof
  • Waterproof
  • None of the above

8. One American dies of melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer, every:

  • Minute
  • Hour
  • Day
  • Week

9. In recent years, the prevalence of melanoma has:

  • Increased
  • Remained the same
  • Decreased greatly due to UVA awareness
  • Has become higher in women than in men

10. How do you treat sunburn?

  • Keep your skin cool, moist, and avoid more exposure to the sun
  • Rub moisturizes onto the affected area of skin, avoiding products ending in “-caine”
  • If pain persists, take acetaminophen or anti-inflammatory oral medications, like ibuprofen, but don’t give aspirin or adolescents.
  • All of the above


1. False

2. True

3. Broad Spectrum SPF 15

4. False

5. True

6. All of the above

7. None of the above

8. Hour

9. Increased

10. All of the above

*Quiz questions and answers courtesy of http://www.foh.hhs.gov/calendar/july.html

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New Microwave Helmet Can Help Diagnose Strokes

Swedish scientists from the Chalmers University of Technology, Sahlgrenska Academy, and Sahlgrenska University Hospital, have created a helmet that can quickly determine whether a patient has suffered a stroke and can determine if a clot or leaky vessel was the cause.

The early prototype of the helmet is made from a re-purposed bicycle helmet that uses microwave signals to bounce off of the brain to build an image of what is happening throughout the brain. This picture is able to determine whether there as been a bleed or clot deep inside the patient’s brain.

_75567360_74677They have since built and tested a custom helmet to better fit the skulls of patients, and have tested it with the help of nurses and patients at a local hospital ward.

The end goal for the scientists is to adapt this helmet to fit into a pillow and give to ambulance crews to use on the way to the hospital.

Before a doctor can perform treatment, they must determine whether the stroke was caused by a clot or leaky blood vessel. When a person has a stroke, doctors must act within the first four hours to prevent the brain tissue from dying.

Currently, a computerized tomography (CT) scan shows the same results as the helmet, but it can take doctors an extended amount of time to schedule time with the machine even if the person is admitted as an emergency.

Testing is still underway, but if the scientists can successfully implement this new helmet, it will be great strides in stroke treatment.


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Just Published: Tarascon Pharmacopoeia 2014 Disease Edition

prescribing, drug guide, pharmacopoeia, tarascon, primary care, pocketbook, internal med, hospital med, physiciansWe are pleased to announce that the Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2014 Disease Edition, the newest pocketbook in our acclaimed series of of Pharmacopoeia drug guides, has just published!

The Tarascon Pharmacopoeia 2014 Disease Edition contains much of the same award-winning content, but drugs are organized first by disease, and then by most commonly prescribed drugs for that disease.

• Drug indications are underlined for faster review of vital information
• Added tables for quick reference and ease of use
• FDA-approved dosing

The Tarascon Pharmacopoeia 2014 Disease Edition is an essential resource for all medical students, resident physicians, internists, nurses, and other point of care providers. Just as with all other versions of the Tarascon Pharmacopoeia, the Disease Edition is meticulously peer-reviewed by experts.

Click here to view a sample from the pocketbook, and to purchase this reference.

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Jones & Bartlett Learning Releases Nurse’s Drug Handbook App for iPhone and iPad

app, iphone, mobile app, nurse, drug guide, drug handbook, nursing appNow the authoritative Jones and Bartlett Learning 2014 Nurse’s Drug Handbook goes wherever you do with an affordably priced iPhone and iPad app.

An up-to-date, practical, and easy-to-use nursing drug reference, it provides:

  • Accurate, timely facts on hundreds of drugs from abatacept to zonisamide
  • Concise, consistently formatted drug entries organized alphabetically
  • No-nonsense writing style that speaks your language in terms you use everyday
  • Index of all generic, trade, and alternate drug names
  • Chemical and therapeutic classes, FDA pregnancy risk category, and controlled substance schedule
  • Indications and dosages, as well as route, onset, peak, and duration information
  • Incompatibilities and contraindications
  • Interactions with drugs, food, and activities
  • Adverse reactions
  • Nursing considerations, including key patient-teaching points
  • Mechanism-of-action illustrations
  • Warnings and precautions

New drug entries include: aclidinium bromide, anidulafungin, avanafil, icosapent ethyl, linaclotide, lorcserin, mifepristone, mirabegron, peginesatide, perampanel, teriflunomide, tofacitinib.

Did you know that 2014 Nurse’s Drug Handbook is also available as an Android app, as well as on Kindle, Google eBooks, and CourseSmart? Learn more at our website.

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Tarascon Pharmacopoeia 2014 Professional Desk Reference Edition Earns 4-Star Review

prescriber, prescribing, pharma, pharmacy, pharmacopeia, medical student, drugs, medicine, doctor, emergency medicine, pocket refereceThe Tarascon Pharmacopoeia 2014 Professional Desk Reference Edition recently received 4 stars from Doody’s Review Service. According to reviewer, Lawrence P. Carey, BS, PharmD, from the Temple University School of Pharmacy, this reference “is more comprehensive than others of its kind, such as the various prescriber drug guides.”

Read more excerpts from the review:

“This reference is intended for a variety of audiences, ranging from practicing prescribers to students. Any healthcare professionals who prescribe and/or provide drug therapy to patients should find this helpful.

Each entry provides dosing information for both adults and children, lists pertinent information such as mechanism of action and adverse effects, and contains miscellaneous pearls such as monitoring parameters. There are also a significant number of tables and charts for important data such as a cytochrome P450 list of drugs that use that system, broken down by whether they are strongly or weakly affected.

This is a worthwhile reference. The Tarascon name is well respected for its pocket references. I can see using this desk reference version often when drug information questions arise. It is more comprehensive than others of its kind, such as the various prescriber drug guides. As it is updated annually, it is also as current as possible when it goes to press.”

Want to learn more, or purchase a copy? Visit the Tarascon website.

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