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Consider what happens to small businesses when a big retail operation like Wal-Mart or Home Depot moves into a city. Individual mom-and-pop shops simply can’t survive against the deep-pocketed, heavy-handed tactics used by major chains. It doesn’t take long before historical main streets once lined with shops like Joe’s Hardware and Miller Family Drugs are taken over by ubiquitous clones like Starbucks and Domino’s. While independent shops slowly suffocate, patrons flock to the big chains where they can pick up medications, a new bathrobe, a birthday cake, and some potting soil. [click to continue…]

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In 1943, Jonas Salk first injected a chicken egg with flu virus and purified the killed virus to make a vaccine. You may be surprised to learn that very little has changed. Scientists examine virus strains and decide which three new viruses are likely to be the most infectious. Once that determination is made, they inject 90 million chicken eggs with the virus, and then create the virus using the same method pioneered by Dr. Salk. It takes months to develop a new flu vaccine, and in the case of a fast-moving virus like H1N1, waiting for vaccine production can be deadly. [click to continue…]

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The rising number of juvenile narcolepsy cases in Finland and Sweden has researchers taking a closer look at the Pandemrix vaccine, but so far, no definitive conclusions have been drawn. [click to continue…]

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American Pharmacists Month

by pharmacy on October 21, 2010

October is American Pharmacists Month. The celebration that now lasts for a full month originated in 1924 when Robert J Ruth, a North Carolina pharmacist, broached the idea of promoting the profession during a meeting of the American Pharmaceutical Association, now known as the American Pharmacist Association. He suggested a “National Pharmaceutical Week,” and the idea was well received. The first celebration of National Pharmaceutical Week was October 11th – 17th of 1925. Radio stations around the nation aired programs that promoted the pharmaceutical profession. [click to continue…]

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