opioid-use-hospitalThe frequency at which opioid painkillers are being prescribed in emergency departments has risen dramatically in recent years. The number of emergency visits that are related to pain management has not seen a significant rise, but the number of prescriptions for opioids has risen despite that fact. [click to continue…]


Flu Shot May Reduce Risk of Stroke

by pharmacy on April 9, 2014

stroke-vaccineA study conducted in the United Kingdom suggests that the vaccine may help to reduce the risk of having a stroke. Previously conducted research suggested that the vaccine’s relationship to a decreased risk of stroke was inconsistent, and researchers sought to improve the evidence that obtaining a flu vaccine would help to lessen chances of having a stroke. Researchers compiled data from patients age 18 and older that had experienced a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) from September 2001-August 2009. They matched these individuals with controls who had never experienced a stroke or TIA event, and adjusted for cardiovascular risk factors, co-morbidity, and vaccine risk groups. The study consisted of 26,784 patients that had experienced a stroke, and 20,277 that had experienced a TIA episode.
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acetaminophen-tylenol-pregnancyAcetaminophen is generally considered safe for women to continue taking while they are pregnant or nursing. New research suggests that fetal exposure to the drug may be associated with behavioral problems such as ADHD or other disorders in children. [click to continue…]


Do Your Patients Understand the Risks of NSAIDs?

by pharmacy on March 26, 2014

nsaid-facts-pharmacyNonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, commonly known as NSAIDs, are regularly prescribed and advised by physicians for the reduction of pain associated with conditions such as arthritis, headache, menstrual cramps, or pulled muscles. Some over-the-counter NSAIDs most people are familiar with include ibuprofen or naproxen, with brand names like Advil, Motrin, and Aleve. However, those in the medical community are aware that there is a significant, proven risk for certain problems, mainly cardiovascular and gastrointestinal issues, associated with the use of NSAIDs. As a pharmacist, you will want to be sure your patients are aware of any health risks associated with any prescription or OTC medications. Here are some things to consider with regard to NSAIDs. [click to continue…]


March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

by pharmacy on March 19, 2014

traumatic-brain-injury-treatment-pharmacyAccording to figures from the National Brain Injury Association of America, an estimated 1.7 million Americans incur a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, with another 795,000 who sustain an acquired brain injury (ABI) through a non-traumatic incident. Any brain injury can affect brain functioning and the quality of life of the individual dealing with the injury, as well as that of their family and loved ones. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, the perfect time for pharmacy professionals to educate their patients about brain injury and ways to prevent it. [click to continue…]


Vitamin C Supplements and Immune System Health

by pharmacy on March 12, 2014

vitamin-c-for-immune-system-healthVitamin C supplements have become popular for seasoned travelers and patients suffering from the common cold alike. Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) is commonly found in energy supplements, multivitamins, and nutritional supplements over the counter. Vitamin C plays an important role in how the human body absorbs iron, forms collagen, and heals wounds and burns. Vitamin C is also classified as an antioxidant, which means that in doses of 500mg-1000mg/day, it may prevent or shorten the duration of the common cold. [click to continue…]


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