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People taking their pet’s medicine?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 5:55 AM
Most people consider their pets as part of the family. But just like you wouldn’t want to take another family member’s medicines by mistake, you don’t want to accidentally take your pet’s medicine either. Who would ever make that mistake? You’d be surprised how often... Read more

Kids can confuse nicotine lozenges as candy mints

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7:00 AM
In Chicago last month 16 elementary school children were taken to local hospitals with a sudden illness. The children were 9- and 10-year olds who began vomiting after eating “mints” given to them by a classmate. It was later found that these “mints” were actually nicotine replacement... Read more

Simple packaging change can reduce Rx drug diversion

Monday, February 25, 2013, 9:56 AM
We get a lot of complaints from consumers who tell us their pharmacy shorted them on the number of tablets or capsules they were supposed to get when they had their prescription filled. A report we got last week is typical. A young patient who had dental surgery received a prescription for the opral... Read more

Vaccine information when you need it

Monday, February 18, 2013, 10:18 AM is the most comprehensive offering I’ve seen for patients and families interested in getting accurate, scientific, up-to-date information about immunizations. It’s like a one-stop shop for learning about diseases and how they can be prevented by vaccination. The... Read more

Hospitals asked to rethink use of insulin pens

Friday, February 8, 2013, 9:00 AM
A big issue that a couple of New York hospitals have been dealing with is notifying patients that they may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C through the improper sharing of insulin pens. It was announced early this year that over 700 patients at a Buffalo, New York Veterans Affairs... Read more

Will health insurance cover overactive bladder drug for men but not women?

Monday, February 4, 2013, 10:49 AM
By Michael R. Cohen Late last month the FDA approved a new drug called Oxytrol for Women - the first over-the-counter treatment for overactive bladder (OAB) in women ages 18 years and older. OAB symptoms include leaking urine (urinary incontinence), having a sudden and urgent need to urinate, and... Read more

Should doctors and patients be informed when high-risk pharmacy compounded products are used?

Friday, January 25, 2013, 9:34 AM
The fungal meningitis outbreak that’s been gripping the country since last fall has now affected 678 patients and caused 44 deaths. Contaminated steroid injections tied to the outbreak have led to a wake-up call about a dangerous gap in regulatory oversight of compounding pharmacies that mix... Read more

10 over-the-counter medicines abused by teens

Monday, January 14, 2013, 9:54 AM
Is your medicine cabinet a source for a teen’s legal “high?” Because a doctor’s prescription is not needed, many mistakenly believe that over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are safer than prescription medicines and illegal street drugs. They are in fact safe and effective when... Read more

These drug names are too close for comfort

Monday, January 7, 2013, 1:52 PM
Look-alike and sound-alike similarity between the names of two different medications used in epilepsy might be putting children in jeopardy of getting the wrong medication. The drugs are clobazam and clonazepam. Children with a rare and severe form of childhood onset epilepsy known as Lennox-Gastaut... Read more

Overdose risk with baby’s vitamin D drops

Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 4:38 PM
For newborns and older infants who are breastfed or partially breast fed, vitamin D is essential for babies to absorb calcium and build strong bones and teeth. A mother’s milk doesn’t provide enough by itself. So the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that every breast fed baby receive... Read more
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Portions of this blog may also be found in the Inquirer's Sunday Health Section.

Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. President, Pharmaceutical Business Research Associates
Hooman Noorchashm, M.D., Ph.D. Cardiothoracic surgeon in the Philadelphia area
Amy J. Reed, M.D., Ph.D. Anesthesiologist and Surgical Intensivist in the Philadelphia Area
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