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Christina E. DeRemer

Using PRN or "As Needed" Medicines Safely

By Christina E. DeRemer, Pharm.D., BCPS, Primary Care Clinical Pharmacist & Medicine Team Supervisor, Pharmacy Residency Program Coordinator, Georgia Regents Health System, Augusta

Some medications come with specific instructions for use every day, such as "Take 1 tablet by mouth every 8 hours. More


Trisha LaPointe

How to Safely Store and Dispose of Your Medications

By Trisha LaPointe, Pharm.D., BCPS, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston

Take a glance inside your bathroom medicine cabinet. What did you find? A full bottle of that heart medication your doctor told you to stop taking?More


Lori Dupree

Managing Muscle Pain Related to Cholesterol Medication

By Lori C. Dupree, Pharm.D., BCPS, President of Clincomm Consulting, LLC, Lexington, S.C.

The treatment of high cholesterol has improved care for many people. Most people who have diabetes or those who have had a stroke or heart attack benefit from lower cholesterol levels. More


Jacquline Olin

Many Options are Available to Help You Control High Blood Pressure

By Jacqueline L. Olin, M.S., Pharm.D., BCPS, CPP, CDE, is associate professor of pharmacy, Wingate University School of Pharmacy, Wingate, N.C.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of every three American adults has high blood pressure (HBP), or hypertension. This means that it is very likely that you or someone you know has HBP. More


Susan Flakler

Why Do Patients Need Access to Compounded Medicines

By Susan Flaker, Pharm.D., Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor, Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Mo.

Over the last few years, more and more stories have appeared in the news regarding compounded medications. Recently, the New England Compounding Center (NECC) came under scrutiny after more than 400 patients who received a medication from NECC contracted fungal meningitis. At the time of this post, 31 people had died from the infection. More


Cynthia Reilly

Warfarin Therapy: The B.E.S.T. Course

By Cynthia Reilly, B.S. Pharm., Director of the Practice Development Division for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Warfarin is a commonly prescribed anticoagulant (blood thinner). It is used to prevent clots caused by an abnormal heart rhythm, after a heart attack or stroke, or following surgery. More


Lakesha Butler

Looking Beyond Medications to Find Better Health

By Lakesha Butler, Pharm.D., BCPS, Clinical Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy

Medications are not the only means of improving your health. Simple lifestyle changes can have a measurable, positive effect on your health. More


Melissa Ortega

Does “Natural” Always Mean "Safe"?

By Melissa Ortega, Pharm.D. candidate 2010, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Have you noticed how many shelves at your local drugstore are taken up these days by vitamins and herbal
supplements? More


Elaine Twedt

How Language Barriers Can Affect Safe Medication Use

By Elaine Lindsay Twedt, Pharm.D., BCPS, CACP, AE-C

People who speak English as a second language often find life in the U.S. to be confusing, as they struggle to understand both the written and spoken word. More


Demetra Antimisiaris

Managing Your Medications 24/7

By Demetra Antimisiaris, Pharm.D., CGP, FASCP

Did you know that the length of a typical doctor’s office visit is shrinking? Doctors are now only spending about seven minutes on average with each patient. More


Gina Ryan

Can You Double Up on Pain Killers?

By Gina Ryan, Pharm.D., BPCS, CDE

My brother-in-law recently asked me if he could take Aleve (naproxen) and Motrin (ibuprofen, Advil) together. Apparently, he pulled a muscle while trying to relive the glory days of his college football playing. More


Mike Berger

The Importance of Keeping a Medication List

By Mike Berger, Pharm.D.

In my job, I frequently come across situations that show why it’s so important for patients to tell their doctors, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers about the prescription... More


Kathy Crea

Hospital Pharmacists Can Help You Stay Safe

By Kathy Crea, Pharm.D., BCPS

If you have ever been admitted to a hospital as a patient, you probably received medications while you were there. Did you ever wonder where these medicines came from...More


Mike Worsham

The Cost of Safe Medication Use

By Mike Worsham, D.Ph., MHA

Have you ever received a hospital bill and wondered why the medications you were given during your stay seemed to cost more than the same medications purchased from your community pharmacy? More


Gina Ryan

Honesty Really is the Best Policy...

By Gina Ryan, Pharm.D., BPCS, CDE

When a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist asks you if you are taking your medications for a chronic (long-lasting) condition, it’s important that you answer honestly. More


Elaine Lindsay Twedt

The Do's and Don'ts of Tablet-Splitting

By Elaine Lindsay Twedt, Pharm.D., BCPS, CACP, AE-C

Recently, I was reviewing medications with a patient. He had a vial containing a 3-month supply of tablets with instructions to "take ½ tablet daily." I looked inside the vial and said, "Uh oh... More


Marlaine Mance

What’s a Formulary?

By Marlaine Mance, Pharm.D., BCNSP

Have you ever been hospitalized and discovered that your hospital doesn’t stock the specific name-brand medication you take at home? That’s because most hospitals don’t have the space or the financial ability to stock all FDA-approved medications...More


Alania Pendarvis

Are You Covered Under the Medicare Prescription Program?

By Alania Pendarvis, Pharm.D

In my work, I often run across patients who are confused by the in’s and out’s of the complicated federal Medicare prescription drug program...More