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Mom was right: “Get that out of your mouth!”

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 9:21 AM
In the early part of my career, I spent 14 years working as a clinical pharmacist at Temple University Hospital. One of the many stand-out memories I have is a display that hung near the operating room on the second floor of the Parkinson Pavilion, where they housed the Chevalier Jackson clinic. Jackson... Read more

Common nausea drug can cause serious movement disorder

Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 3:54 PM
A commonly used drug for stomach disorders can cause irreversible neurological damage in the brain, but many doctors seem to be disregarding these problems—challenging the concept that a drug’s benefits must outweigh its risks. Metoclopramide (Reglan) is a widely prescribed generic drug... Read more

“Denursifying” of schools puts children at added risk of medication errors

Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 12:21 PM
According to the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, the layoff of 47 school nurses in December has led to medications being handed out to school children by “principals, gym teachers, counselors, community liaisons, secretaries, and even aides who normally monitor the playground.” By... Read more

Pharmacists hope opportunity to advance profession won’t go up in smoke

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 1:41 PM
Pharmacists, especially those who practice at neighborhood pharmacies, are on the brink of an extraordinary opportunity. It is an opportunity that promises to bring about a shift in how health care is delivered while also addressing challenges related to patient safety, quality of health outcomes... Read more

How to prevent nail glue from getting in your eyes

Monday, January 23, 2012, 10:29 AM
Rule #1 for people who use eye drops: Read container labels. Rule #2: Don’t keep Super Glue-type products within 50 feet. I’ve written previously about people accidentally gluing their eyes shut by mistaking Super Glue or similar products for eye drops. At the time, it had just happened... Read more

New blood thinner Pradaxa may cause internal bleeding in elderly

Sunday, January 15, 2012, 7:04 PM
If you watch television or read a newspaper you’ve probably seen the wave of direct-to-consumer advertising for the anticlotting drug Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to Forbes, from approval in October 2010 through this past August, a total of approximately 1.1 million Pradaxa prescriptions were... Read more

Reusing insulin pens can spread infections

Monday, January 9, 2012, 6:00 AM
For the millions of diabetics who inject insulin, drug manufacturers heavily promote the use of insulin “pens.” These small devices look just like a pen but contain a cartridge of insulin. They make it easy for insulin-dependent patients to inject the drug accurately. But last Thursday... Read more

Durezol and Durasal - how two drugs can be easily confused

Sunday, January 1, 2012, 9:05 PM
You may have read in The Inquirer about a health professional alert that FDA sent last week about potential injury due to look-alike/sound-alike drug name confusion between the FDA-approved eye medicine Durezol and an FDA-unapproved prescription wart remover called Durasal, which is salicylic acid... Read more

New acetaminophen for infants creating problems

Monday, December 26, 2011, 6:00 AM
When a child dies, the family’s anguish is palpable and may touch us close to home, especially if we have children. A few years ago, a man whose 10-year-old nephew lay dying in a hospital sent me this in an e-mail: “His precious little body is intubated and poked and catheterized in more... Read more

What happens when a 2-year-old swallows a diet pill

Monday, December 19, 2011, 11:29 AM
I remember it like it was yesterday. My wife and I were with some friends and family at our shore house in Ventnor when we decided to go out to dinner at the nearby Euro Gourmet Café on Ventnor Avenue. Among the group was a 2 year old who was sitting in a high chair at an outdoor table when... Read more
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Check Up covers regional health news and a wide array of healthcare topics from pharmaceutical happenings to patient safety. Read about some of our bloggers here.

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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