Division of Infectious Diseases

Pharm to Exam Table: Meet Biktarvy, the Newest of the Antiretroviral Family!

Pharm to Exam Table: Clinical Pharmacology/Antimicrobial Updates – Biktarvy, a new co-formulated integrase inhibitor-based treatment approved for HIV On February 7th 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new combination antiretroviral drug called Biktarvy®(1). Biktarvy® (B/F/TAF) is a single-tablet, once daily regimen containing the novel integrase strand transfer inhibitor bictegravir coformulated with emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide (1). Current HIV guidelines recommend integrase strand transfer inhibitor… Continue Reading

Josh Havens, PharmD on “Why I Love ID”

Why I Love ID:  Infectious diseases, in general, is quite interesting, but I can really only speak from an HIV perspective. My initial career interests were not in infectious diseases and it was not until I threw myself into this niche world of HIV that I started to recognize a true affinity toward the field.  It is rare to find an infection that is such… Continue Reading

New Staff Spotlight – Danny Schroeder, PharmD

Tell us about the position you are starting:  I have recently started my role at Nebraska Medicine Bellevue as an Antimicrobial Stewardship pharmacist. I reach out to physicians at Nebraska Medicine Bellevue to discuss antibiotic therapy and try to obtain the best and safest therapy for our patients here. In addition, I work with Dr. Jasmine Marcelin in this role, she helps guide me with her… Continue Reading

Pharm to Exam Table – Trimethroprim/Sulfamethoxazole for Nocardiosis

Pharm to Exam Table: Clinical Pharmacology/Antibiotic Updates – Trimethroprim/Sulfamethoxazole for Nocardiosis Nocardia is an aerobic, gram-positive bacterium commonly found in soil, decomposing vegetation, fresh water, and salt water. Nocardia is typically considered an opportunistic pathogen, but there have been several cases of nocardiosis occurring in immunocompetent hosts. Patients that are most at risk of developing nocardiosis are those with malignancies, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), solid-organ and hematopoietic stem cell… Continue Reading

Pharmacists’ care of persons living with HIV – more than just medications

Josh Havens, PharmD, BCPS, Kim Scarsi, PharmD, BCPS, Anthony Podany, PharmD, and Valentina Orduna make up the pharmacy team at the Specialty Care Clinic (SCC).  Pharmacy staff are fully integrated within the HIV care team at SCC.  We help manage SCC patients for a variety of issues including antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation or switching, management of ART related drug-drug interactions, medication adherence, medication access, Hepatitis… Continue Reading