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New Rx Label Standards: Add Your Voice

by pharmacy on March 1, 2011

The U.S. Pharmacopeia, or USP, has invited pharmacists and other medical professionals to help draft new labeling standards for prescription medicines. USP hopes to make dramatic changes to Rx labels that will include more readable font size, user-friendly language, more specific instructions and the most pertinent information at the top. [click to continue…]


What Your Customers Need to Know about Alli

by pharmacy on February 22, 2011

There was a ton of hype with the launch of Alli a couple of years ago, and like almost all diet products, it comes with its share of controversy. It takes some reading between the lines to see what the product is really about. According to the manufacturer, Alli is an OTC version of Xenical, a prescription fat blocker. While fat blocking sounds attractive, the truth about how and why it works is deliberately left ambiguous by advertisers. [click to continue…]


Google Flu Trends – Valuable, But Not Accurate

by pharmacy on February 15, 2011

A few years ago, Google noticed a pattern in its search patterns. Areas with high incidence of influenza had a high incidence of search for flu topics. Always on the ball for helpful and interesting tools, they aggregated this information to create animated maps and charts that showed areas where there were flu outbreaks. Since the CDC runs about two weeks behind in identifying outbreaks, this information could have proven invaluable. If it were accurate. Unfortunately, it’s not….quite. [click to continue…]


Vitality GlowCaps: Technomarvel or Slippery Slope?

by pharmacy on February 10, 2011

The latest technological breakthrough on the pharmaceutical market comes not in the form of a new drug or therapy, but in a revolutionary medicine bottle cap. Vitality GlowCaps have harnessed smart technology to remind patients to take their meds, and to inform on them if they don’t. [click to continue…]


Medication Safety and the Pharmacist’s Role

by pharmacy on January 18, 2011

The new Walgreens commercials address a growing concern in patient care. The point made was simple. If you bring all your medications to a Walgreens pharmacy, they will keep track of everything you’re taking, including supplements, vitamins, and herbal remedies, in order to warn you of possible drug interactions. This is a powerful selling point. In an article published on, Deb Saine, MS, RPh, medication safety manager at the Winchester Medical Center/Valley Health in Winchester, Virginia said, “Pharmacists should have a leadership role in planning, selection, system design, development, implementation, and maintenance. The goal is to ensure that technology supports safe medication use.” [click to continue…]


The Link Between Suicide and Antiepileptic Drugs

by pharmacy on November 29, 2010

Physicians will often prescribe a medication for conditions that the drug has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat. This is a common practice because physicians discuss treatments amongst themselves and share techniques that have helped their patients in the past. However, the physician may not make the patient aware of the fact that the medication which they are prescribing is not necessarily intended for the malady for which it is being prescribed. It often falls to the pharmacist to educate a patient about the medications they will be taking and it is the duty of the pharmacist to warn of any potential side effects or drug interactions. [click to continue…]


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