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Pharmacy, Volume 8, Issue 1 (March 2020) – 48 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Pharmacists play a crucial role in dosing and monitoring of medications eliminated by or toxic to [...] Read more. Pharmacists play a crucial role in dosing and monitoring of medications eliminated by or toxic to the kidney. Serum creatinine (SCr) is the standard of care for kidney function assessment, but has many well-known limitations. Serum cystatin C (cysC) is a biomarker with sufficient evidence to support its use as a replacement or adjunct to SCr for drug dosing and kidney function assessment. Compared to SCr, cystatin C has been shown to more accurately predict the clearance of many medications. Though cysC is particularly helpful in certain populations, such as those with reduced muscle mass, it should be used with caution in other populations. The purpose of “Cystatin C: A Primer for Pharmacists” is to educate pharmacists about cysC to facilitate its safe application to medication management. View this paper.