Category Archives: The Pharmacy Profession

Polypharmacy

Population aging in first world countries is a growing concern for many reasons. One of those involves the issue of polypharmacy in the older adult. Polypharmacy is defined as a patient using four or more medications concurrently and statistics show … Continue reading

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Super Bugs = Super Killers

We perceive bacterial infections to be little more than a nuisance—with the simple fix of taking an antibiotic for a few days and we’re back to feeling one hundred percent. Fortunately, that’s often the case. Certain bacteria, however, are resistant … Continue reading

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Home Brewed Narcotics

In the rapidly advancing field of bioengineering, some fascinating new technologies are surfacing. I’ve blogged in the past about microbes that were tweaked to produce fuel. Recently it was announced that new strains of yeast are being used to produce … Continue reading

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Print Your Own Medicines!

The other day my wife sent me an interesting article that discussed some of the newest technologies regarding drug manufacturing. There are some amazing advances on the horizon regarding the innovative methods in which drugs could be manufactured and distributed … Continue reading

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A Forged Prescription!

Many years ago, while working on my advanced degree, I earned a living as a retail pharmacist on the “graveyard shift” of a 24-hour pharmacy located near a major medical center. Seven area hospitals, each with an emergency room, provided … Continue reading

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Radioactive Bacteria On The Attack!

In previous blogs (here, here and here), I’ve written about the horrors of bacterial attacks. I’ve discussed the concept of drug resistant bacteria up to and including bacteria used in biological warfare. Today I’d like to highlight an organism that … 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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MADE IN AMERICA: What About Our Prescription Drugs?

From time to time, news features on TV report a trend to “buy American”. The reports suggest that Americans are choosing items made in America over similar items made overseas. That’s admirable—right up there with the “buy local” slogans. But … Continue reading

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Ignoring Doctor’s Orders – A Common Practice!

Have you ever gone to a doctor for a medical problem, had that physician prescribe a medication, but then ignored the doctor’s instructions and didn’t get that prescription filled? If your answer is “yes” to that question, then your action … Continue reading

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Medication Shortages Continue To Plague the US

At one time or another, we may have gone to a doctor to receive help with a medical condition. More often than not the medical issue has been resolved when the physician writes a prescription for some wonder drug. You … Continue reading

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