Why you need to know the generic names of your medicines

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Medicines all have one generic name and perhaps one or more brand names. The brand name is chosen by the drug manufacturer. The generic name... Read more

Don’t use liquid docusate sodium stool softener

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been alerting healthcare professionals... Read more

How to avoid getting someone else’s medication at the pharmacy

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After last week’s blog about possibly getting someone else’s medicine when you or a family member has a prescription dispensed... Read more

Getting the wrong person’s medicine at the pharmacy

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Giving a correctly dispensed prescription to the wrong pharmacy patient is a common error in community pharmacies. If this has never happened... Read more

Hospital rapid response teams can save lives

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Several tragic deaths about 15 years ago were compelling factors that led to patient- and family-initiated “Rapid Response Teams”... Read more

When hospitalized, call a hospital Rapid Response Team to address unresolved safety or health concerns

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When people suddenly become ill or injured at home or in the community, they or their families or friends can call 911 for emergency help.... Read more

Avoid heating up a pain patch

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Before leaving the hospital, a woman with bone cancer was given a prescription for a powerful pain medicine, called Duragesic. This is a medicine... Read more

Medicine missteps

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When it comes to medicines, you may already know how essential it is to exactly follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider... Read more