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Diagnostic Stewardship: choosing the right test

Clinical labs are often faced with the challenge of needing to be better, faster, and more productive – while sometimes expected to do so with fewer resources and contending with supply chain issues. With the continued focus on value-based care as a main objective in healthcare, optimizing the utilization of diagnostic testing is more important than ever.
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  • April 10, 2024

    How Pharmacists Can Contribute to Antimicrobial Stewardship?

    We asked Dr. Catherine Duggan, CEO of the International Pharmaceutical Federation, about what clinical pharmacists can do in their roles to contribute to and promote antimicrobial stewardship.
  • March 26, 2024

    Precision matters: Navigating the landscape of quality control in biologics

    Humans have been using plant and animal derived products (biologics) to treat disease for thousands of years, but the advent of mass production in the 20th century enabled the growth of biologics as a recognized class of medicines. Unlike chemically derived medicines, which combine specific ingredients in an ordered process, biologics are typically very large, complex molecules or mixtures of molecules that are difficult to characterize.
  • March 21, 2024

    Tuberculosis Management Four Years After COVID-19 Crisis

    Tuberculosis (TB) fatalities continue to rise. In 2022, an estimated 10.6 million people fell ill with TB, compared to 10.3 million in 2021 and 10 million in 2020. The infectious disease killed 1.3 million people worldwide each year. In 2022, TB remained the second leading cause of death from an infectious disease, after COVID-19, and caused almost twice as many deaths as HIV/AIDS.
  • March 13, 2024

    Antimicrobial Resistance Makes It Harder to Treat Urinary Tract Infections and Increases Risk of Sepsis and AKI

    Antimicrobial resistant bacteria pose a major public health threat because they limit treatment options for infectious diseases. Common ailments like urinary tract infections (UTIs), which have often been easily and quickly cured by antibiotics historically, are becoming harder to treat due to resistant bacteria. Not only does this prolong discomfort for those suffering from UTIs, it also presents the danger that the infection may lead to a more serious condition.