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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

2012's top 10 drug safety stories

Monday, December 24, 2012, 4:45 AM
By Michael R. Cohen In my entire career at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, the meningitis outbreak was the worst safety disaster that I have ever seen, making 2012 a watershed year in drug safety stories. So without further adieu, the following are this year’s top 10 worst cases... Read more

Don’t let “Low T” lead to harm in kids

Monday, December 17, 2012, 1:15 PM
By Mike Cohen Could it be “Low T?” By now you’ve probably heard this line or otherwise seen a multitude of TV or newspaper ads for testosterone gel products. Increasingly, drug manufacturers have been tapping into this billion dollar market aimed at men over 40, which is when men... Read more

Know what to expect when a prescription is sent electronically

Monday, December 10, 2012, 10:25 AM
By Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. A woman reported an error to us after her child’s doctor sent an electronic prescription to a community pharmacy for her 11-year-old daughter. The prescription was for the laxative Miralax powder (polyethylene glycol 3350). The woman was told by her doctor to give... Read more

Ten steps parents should take to prevent medicine mishaps

Monday, December 3, 2012, 12:56 PM
By Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. Few caregivers are more devoted than parents when caring for a child. Yet, even the most cautious and educated parents will make mistakes when giving medicine to children or fail to protect children from accidental poisonings. Dangerous mistakes with medicines are three... Read more

Less acetaminophen in each tablet of Vicodin

Monday, November 26, 2012, 12:07 PM
By Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. There are more than 600 different prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines that contain acetaminophen (Tylenol). The drug is often found in pain relievers, fever reducers, and sleep aids as well as cough, cold, and allergy medicines. These medicines are safe and... Read more

Ten tips for measuring over-the-counter liquid medications safely

Monday, November 12, 2012, 1:19 PM
Over-the-counter liquid medications can be found in practically every medicine cabinet. Surprisingly though, there’s not a standard way to measure liquid medicines doses. All too often we resort to measuring liquids with household measuring devices like teaspoons or tablespoons, but these... Read more
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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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