Editorial: May 2011

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There is bad news for people in pain. Those who have had a heart attack raise their risk of another if they take popular pain relievers such as celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc) or naproxen (Aleve).... (Read More)
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Ask pharmacists about their number one responsibility and you will probably hear that patient safety is primary. The problem is that working conditions often interfere with that mission. When pharmacists are pushed to fill hundreds of prescriptions each day, mistakes... (Read More)
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Hiccups are generally considered a minor annoyance. Almost everyone has experienced this involuntary spasm of the diaphragm. As air rushes in, the glottis in the voice box is pulled closed and creates the sound doctors call "singultus." A normal bout... (Read More)
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Americans are trusting. When their doctors prescribe medicine, patients rarely take time to ask what it's for, how to take it or what the side effects might be. At the pharmacy, most people grab and go. They don't stop to... (Read More)
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Is it any wonder that people have become skeptical about medical advice? For decades Americans, especially women, were told to swallow calcium supplements. The extra calcium was supposed to build strong bones. Then last July an article was published in... (Read More)