Craig Cocchio, PharmD

Craig Cocchio, PharmD, BCPS, is an Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas. Follow on Twitter @iEMPharmD and on his blog at
Angiotensin-II is the newest vasopressor available on the market.
Jan 11, 2018 @10:01 AM
Should methotrexate dosing be adjusted or capped in morbidly obese patients?
Jul 20, 2017 @11:57 AM
Euglycemic DKA can be easily overlooked and cause big problems.
May 25, 2016 @08:58 AM
Intranasal medication administration isn't new, but it's been gaining popularity in the emergency department and outpatient arena.
May 17, 2016 @08:04 AM
Despite the accepted practice and dogma dictating diltiazem IV to PO conversion, there's little, if any, evidence to explain why the formula seems to work.
May 9, 2016 @08:38 AM
Most pharmacists involved in resuscitation medicine are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the PARAMEDIC2 trial.
Apr 12, 2016 @02:32 AM
It seems as though the perceived clarification of certain inclusion and exclusion criteria had an immediate impact on the way acute ischemic stroke is treated.
Apr 11, 2016 @06:44 AM
Resuscitation medicine has been lacking high-quality, evidence-based standards.
Apr 7, 2016 @08:14 AM
The American College of Cardiology has updated its recommendations on dual antiplatelet therapy from the 2011 guidelines.
Mar 30, 2016 @09:01 AM
Magnesium sulfate for rapid administration
Mar 28, 2016 @04:59 AM
The reversal agent for rocuronium (Zemuron) is creating big buzz among emergency departments and anesthesia suites.
Mar 17, 2016 @01:28 AM
When historical data dominates, controversy is sure to exist. Such is the case for the use of antibiotics in patients with group A streptococcal pharyngitis.
Mar 14, 2016 @07:51 AM
The risks of undertreating pain in the pediatric population are significant.
Mar 12, 2016 @05:55 AM
This population is susceptible to lead toxicity because of several important characteristics that differentiate pediatric and adult exposures.
Mar 1, 2016 @07:56 AM
Pharmacists who have encountered septic patients or ever suspected sepsis understand the complexity and difficulty with diagnosing this syndrome.
Feb 29, 2016 @02:58 AM
Allergy analysis and interpretation is a fundamental component of a health-system pharmacist's day.
Feb 25, 2016 @03:08 AM
Keeping up with synthetic cannabinoid substances requires an equal mix of knowing the facts and unraveling the myths.
Feb 18, 2016 @07:38 AM
Weight based vs non weight based dosing of norepinephrine
Feb 17, 2016 @02:20 AM
Solithromycin, the first drug in the fluoroketolide class of macrolide antibiotics, recently demonstrated noninferiority to moxifloxacin in the treatment of community-acquired bacterial pneumonia.
Feb 16, 2016 @02:42 AM
Rapid ventricular response in atrial fibrillation patients is a daily occurrence in the emergency department.
Feb 8, 2016 @02:48 AM
The clinical relevance of QT prolongation observed with ondansetron use is questionable.
Feb 3, 2016 @03:08 AM
Hemodialysis should not be routinely used in place of DigiFab for digoxin toxicity.
Feb 2, 2016 @01:51 AM
A joint scientific statement appears to be formulating the building blocks to amend the guidelines for alteplase.
Jan 26, 2016 @03:56 AM
The American College of Medical Toxicology recently issued position statements on opioid prescribing.
Jan 25, 2016 @02:06 AM
Drug shortages have become the new norm in health-system pharmacies.
Jan 22, 2016 @02:27 AM
Starting in May 2016, the ratio expression format for certain single-entity drug labels will no longer be permitted.
Jan 20, 2016 @02:51 AM
There is conflicting information regarding the use of nitrofurantoin in pregnant patients.
Jan 19, 2016 @04:31 AM
In emergency medicine pharmacy circles, there is growing awareness of intravenous lipid emulsion as a potential overdose antidote.
Jan 15, 2016 @02:02 AM
The FDA issued a number of drug safety warnings in 2015, but pharmacists shouldn't be surprised by some of them.
Jan 14, 2016 @09:09 AM
Carbon monoxide poisoning can mimic flu-like symptoms.
Jan 8, 2016 @02:14 AM
One dose of epinephrine may not always be enough.
Jan 7, 2016 @04:24 AM
The FDA-approved 3-bag intravenous n-acetylcysteine regimen for acetaminophen toxicity is being challenged by a simpler approach.
Jan 6, 2016 @02:02 AM
Each year, more pharmacists take on new roles in the emergency department.
Jan 5, 2016 @08:30 AM
When it comes to vasopressor administration, hospital pharmacists are traditionally taught that it must be through central venous access.
Jan 4, 2016 @04:20 AM
The FDA has finally approved sugammadex, but at what cost?
Dec 18, 2015 @02:47 AM
More evidence is needed to figure out how to dose vancomycin in obese patients, but a new protocol could play a role.
Nov 24, 2015 @07:33 AM
It is important to remember that this neuraminidase inhibitor still has limited use for flu.
Nov 11, 2015 @04:15 AM
Vasopressin has gone the way of atropine in the updated ACLS guidelines.
Nov 10, 2015 @03:56 AM
A critical view of the evidence to support this controvercial drug
Sep 17, 2015 @02:25 AM
The BRIDGE trial proposed that foregoing bridging entirely would be non-inferior to bridge therapy with dalteparin in patients taking warfarin for atrial fibrillation.
Sep 15, 2015 @06:56 AM
Despite the most recent meta-analysis published this week in the British Medical Journal, digoxin use in atrial fibrillation remains limited.
Sep 9, 2015 @03:06 AM
Changes to the prescribing information for alteplase (Activase) recently flew in under the radar.
Apr 2, 2015 @02:43 AM
Evidence suggesting that this year's flu vaccine missed the mark has caused the CDC to turn to other treatment strategies.
Jan 14, 2015 @02:27 AM
Evidence released by the manufacturers of Tamiflu and Relenza has raised questions concerning the drugs' efficacy and safety.
Jan 8, 2015 @02:38 AM
Andexanet alfa showed promise as an anti-Xa reversal agent in new research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Session 2014.
Nov 18, 2014 @02:29 AM
When trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole is concomitantly administered with other potassium-sparing diuretics or inhibitors of the renin-angiotensin system, drug interaction notifications alert pharmacists to the potential of hyperkalemia.
Nov 12, 2014 @04:21 AM
The iPhone Health App provides a new tool for patients to keep track of important medical information that first responders can access.
Nov 5, 2014 @01:50 AM
There was a time when drugs were believed to be unable to cross the placenta, as if it were some impenetrable fortress.
Oct 24, 2014 @06:03 AM
When association is association and causation is causation.
Oct 15, 2014 @04:14 AM
For the first time, one antiplatelet agent has been recommended over another for non"ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome.
Oct 8, 2014 @04:03 AM
Controversy surrounding early goal-directed therapy in septic shock has heightened with the publication of the ARISE trial.
Oct 1, 2014 @07:03 AM Strategic Alliance

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