Can’t swallow pills? Here’s how to do it right

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By “pills,” I mean medications that come as tablets or capsules. There aren’t any actual pills on the US market today but... Read more

Warning to diabetics – your insulin pens should never be shared!

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Many types of insulin come in a device that, with their cap in place, looks more like a pen that an insulin syringe. These make it easier for... Read more

Allergic reactions are second most frequently reported serious adverse drug event

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We recently examined a year’s worth of adverse drug reactions reported to the FDA from April 2012 to March 2013. Of nearly 150,000 reports... Read more

Prescription “take back” programs expose intolerable waste

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is this Saturday, April 26th. It’s a good opportunity for people to properly dispose of unused... Read more

Angeliq — it’s not a birth control pill!

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I wanted to remind women about an issue with the prescription product Angeliq, a hormone-based medicine used to relieve the symptoms of menopause... Read more

Homeopathic medicines: Legally sold but is there any evidence of effectiveness?

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Homeopathic remedies can be found on the shelf in just about every pharmacy, including the large chains like CVS, Walgreen and Rite Aid. Those... Read more

10 safety tips to follow when using liquid medicines

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Three out of four people make mistakes when measuring doses of liquid medicines, particularly when using dosing cups that come with OTC medicines... Read more

OTC liquid medicines going metric

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Over-the-counter (OTC) liquid medicines can be found in practically every household. They are commonly used for children or adults who have... Read more