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Double, double, toil and trouble! William Shakespeare wasn't talking about drug names when he wrote this line in his play, Macbeth, but he sure had the right idea! Today, many medicines have names that look very similar to the names of other medicines. So mix-ups are possible when a pharmacist fills your prescription, especially if it's a handwritten prescription, as the following example shows.

Which rheumatoid arthritis medicines carry the greatest risk of infection? Which diabetes medicines are most often associated with congestive heart failure? Which medicines for depression are most likely to cause nausea or sleeplessness? Which medicines for high blood pressure cause the least side effects?

A 34-year-old woman with severe redness, pain, and peeling of her face, shoulders, and arms visited an emergency department. She had spent several hours at an outdoor flea market and developed the worst case of sunburn she had ever suffered.

Vitamins and other nutrients are important for a healthy pregnancy. Women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant often receive nutritional counseling and/or a prescription for prenatal vitamins. A prenatal vitamin will not make up for poor nutrition. But it can provide a woman with vitamins and minerals they may not be getting in food.

Products known as Miracle Mineral Solution, Miracle Mineral Supplement, and MMS (Figure 1) have been reported to cause life-threatening reactions and should not be used. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first warned consumers in July 2010 about the product. However, it is still being sold on the Internet by a number of distributors. These distributors claim MMS can be used to treat multiple diseases including colds, acne, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, H1N1 flu virus, and more. However, FDA is not aware of any research proving the product is effective against these diseases. So, FDA is advising consumers to stop using the product immediately, particularly since it causes serious side effects. 

The following recommendations are provided to you when chosing a pharrmacy for your services:

As we listen to the news, it is clear that the current recession has impacted nearly every sector of the economy. According to 848 respondents to a survey we conducted in September through November 2009, healthcare is likely no exception. Our survey findings support conclusions drawn from an earlier 2009 survey by the American Hospital Association (AHA), which found that the economy has taken a toll on the patients and communities that hospitals serve.

A nurse caring for a patient who was unable to swallow LOVAZA (omega-3-acid ethyl esters), punched holes in the large, soft gelatin capsule, squeezed the oily yellow liquid contents into a disposable foam plastic cup (often called a Styrofoam cup), and diluted it with cranberry juice. Later, as the patient raised the cup to drink the juice, the cup began to leak.

Many people have experienced an unpleasant side effect to a medication, such as an upset stomach, diarrhea, or excessive sleepiness. Medication side effects are pretty common and can be expected, especially with certain drugs. For example, people may have nausea when taking a narcotic or diarrhea from an antibiotic. However, it is important to know that these side effects are not allergies because we’ve heard them referred to as such.

Receiving cancer treatment, including chemotherapy, can be a very frightening experience. It may feel as if you are placing your life completely in the hands of your doctors and nurses. In a very real sense you are, especially if you are unfamiliar with the medications you are receiving. To make you feel more secure, here are some safety tips that some of our nurses wrote for you.

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