Dangerous Medication Mistakes Are Easy to Avoid

Posted by Pharmacist on May 09, 2013
Dangerous Medication Mistakes Are Easy to Avoid

The Institute of Medicine reports there are more than 1.5 potentially dangerous medication drug mistakes made every year. The good news is that these errors are relatively easy to avoid as long as you take the proper precautions. The first rule is to make sure you’re taking the correct drug. According to The Institute for […]

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FDA approves new labeling for OxyContin

Posted by Pharmacist on April 23, 2013
FDA approves new labeling for OxyContin

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced April 16, 2013 approval for the updated labeling of Purdue Pharma L.P.’s reformulated OxyContin (oxycodone hydrochloride controlled-release) tablets. This follows the reformulation of the drug that was launched in April 2010. The new properties of the tablets are intended to make it more difficult to abuse the drug […]

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Making it official: Recognizing pharmacists as health care providers

Posted by Pharmacist on April 09, 2013
Making it official: Recognizing pharmacists as health care providers

Clinical social workers, dieticians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurse midwives are all healthcare professions that are recognized by the Social Security Act, which means they can be paid by Medicare for their services. Despite the vital role they play in a patient’s well-being, pharmacists are excluded from this list; an act of Congress is […]

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Incorrect drug labels may pose threat to patients

Posted by Pharmacist on March 20, 2013
Incorrect drug labels may pose threat to patients

More than two-thirds of generic drugs carry different warning labels than their corresponding brand-name products, according to a recent study. Investigators at the Regenstrief Institute reviewed 9,105 labels for more than 1,500 drugs available through DailyMed, an online resource that compiles drug information from the National Library of Medicine and the Food and Drug Administration […]

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Make Patients Aware of Grapefruit’s Adverse Effects

Posted by Pharmacist on February 11, 2013
Make Patients Aware of Grapefruit’s Adverse Effects

Many people are aware of the potential hazards of grapefruit interactions with prescription medication. These effects can include bone marrow suppression, renal toxicity, kidney failure, respiratory failure, internal bleeding and even sudden death. And while the number of drugs that can have negative interactions with grapefruit are on the rise, the Canadian Medical Association Journal […]

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The $28,000 Drug

Posted by Pharmacist on February 05, 2013
The $28,000 Drug

H.P. Acthar Gel was created in the 1950s by Dr. Philip S. Hench, who was looking for a way to use hormones to help treat ailments such as gout, arthritis and even lupus. The main component, adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), was and is taken from the pituitary glands of pigs as they’re prepared for processing. The […]

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Pill Color May Effect Generic Adherence Rates

Posted by Pharmacist on January 28, 2013
Pill Color May Effect Generic Adherence Rates

More than 70 percent of prescriptions in the United States are for generic medications. Though the drugs are chemically the same as their name brand counterparts the shape, color and/or other aspects of their appearance may be different. On December 31, 2012 a study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) was published in the Archives […]

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Meningitis Outbreak Prompts New Federal Legislation

Posted by Pharmacist on December 27, 2012
Meningitis Outbreak Prompts New Federal Legislation

On Thursday November 1, 2012 Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., announced his plans to introduce the Verifying Authority and Legality in Drug Compounding Act (VALID). Markey says this new law will grant the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clear authority to monitor compounding pharmacy practices in the United States.   Congressman Markey’s district is home to […]

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Expired Thinking on Expiration Dates?

Posted by Pharmacist on December 11, 2012
Expired Thinking on Expiration Dates?

Every year pharmacies and consumers dispose of thousands (and thousands of dollars worth) of expired drugs. Since 1979 drug manufacturers have by required by law to provide expiration dates for their products. This was seen as a way to help guarantee both the safety and the effectiveness of the product for consumers. As a result, […]

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The Risk of Energy Drinks

Posted by Pharmacist on December 03, 2012
The Risk of Energy Drinks

Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster and 5-Hour Energy have been getting a lot of attention lately. In October 2012 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) disclosed it had reports of 18 deaths in which the consumption of energy drinks may have been a factor. And on November 30, 2012 Rep. Edward J. Markey […]

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