Monthly Archives: May 2013

Generic Drugs – All Smoke and Mirrors?

When people discover that I’m a pharmacist and that I practiced for over 40 years before becoming a full-time writer, some of the inevitable questions I get asked are, “What about generics?” “Are they really the same as brand name … Continue reading

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From Microbes to Biofuel

During my career as a clinical pharmacist, bacteria and I were NEVER friends. More often than not my patients were infected with some potentially lethal bacterium, and it was my job to provide the magic elixir to eradicate those nasty … Continue reading

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When Soft Drinks Were Not So Soft

Medical experts argue about the health benefits of soft drinks. Sodas have been linked to our country’s growing obesity problem as well as to a lengthening list of other diseases. But a review of the history of two popular soft … Continue reading

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The Deadliest Drugs in the United States

I often blog about drugs used as poisons, and I guess that’s why someone asked me the other day, “Which drugs are the deadliest in America?” The question required clarification before answering it. Did he mean the fastest killers, or … Continue reading

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Ricin – Another Weapon of Terror

It’s often said that fact is stranger than fiction, so I pose this seemingly ridiculous question to you– What do a martial arts instructor, an Elvis impersonator and the deadly chemical agent ricin have in common? The answer has been … Continue reading

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