Category Archives: The Practice of Pharmacy

Drug Trade Balances

First off, this is not a blog about trade wars! I adhere to the philosophy of not blogging about religion, politics or sex—and today is no exception—but, with so much in the news about trade tariffs, my pharmaceutical mind went … Continue reading

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Quantifying Pain Effectively

There are a multitude of methods to measure a patient’s pain level. Most use a sliding scale to quantify one’s pain from 0 (no pain) to 10 (the worse imaginable pain). Top ten types of pain scales: 1 – 10 … Continue reading

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Gabapentin – The Next Drug of Abuse?

Gabapentin was introduced in 1993 and marketed as the brand name Neurontin to control epileptic seizures as well as to help control nerve pain due to nerve damage. It is an ideal drug for nerve pain, first as a primary drug and … Continue reading

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GRAPEFRUIT – The Killer Fruit!

Occasionally, I hear news reports regarding the dangers of eating grapefruit while on certain medications. Recently, a relative of mine was prescribed a new medication and the prescription label indicated that eating grapefruit while taking the medication could be dangerous. … Continue reading

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Smart Pills Simplify Medication Compliance Issues

Experts estimate that patients who do not take their medications as ordered cost this nation approximately $100 billion a year in additional medical expenses. Much of that additional cost is due to patients getting sicker and needing additional treatments or … Continue reading

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INFLAMMATION – A Healer or A Killer?

We’ve all experienced inflammation in our bodies. We get a paper cut and a finger becomes inflamed at that spot—it seems for days on end—before healing. We twist an ankle and the area becomes red and swollen (inflamed); but a … Continue reading

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How to Make Prescription Drugs More Affordable!

An estimated 49% of Americans report using at least one prescription drug in the last 30 days, and a staggering 19% report that they have skipped taking a prescribed medication, or taken less drug than indicated, because of the drug’s … Continue reading

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