Don’t call it “depression”!

October 10, 2015

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“It is commonly used for depression” I answered to a gentleman in a perfectly HIPAA safe environment, after being asked what Pristiq was prescribed for. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a fleeting look of horror from a nearby colleague. “You shouldn’t have said depression, people sometimes get upset by that” she […]

Is an “over the counter” overdose antidote a good move?

September 26, 2015

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If you’ve ever been in or around the world of drug addiction, then you probably know all about the drug Naloxone (Brand name: Narcan). Narcan is a lifesaving “overdose antidote” (available in both injection and nasal spray), that can completely rid the body of opioid molecules in a matter of minutes and restore breathing in a […]

Do politicians need to stay away from public health topics?

September 19, 2015

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While watching the GOP candidate debate on Wednesday night, I shook my head in disbelief as Republican candidate, Donald Trump, again misinformed the entire nation about the effects of vaccinations. Trump told the story of a “beautiful” baby who developed a fever after being vaccinated at age 2, and then became autistic as a result. […]

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Reasons why you shouldn’t buy your drugs from Amazon

October 23, 2014

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Not picking on Amazon, I love Amazon. It’s one of America’s largest retailers, and one of my most cherished one-stop shop for everything. From the comfort of my living room and a few clicks on my computer, I can get almost anything in two-days (Hello Amazon Prime!). Therefore, I am not going to assume that you were […]

Can taking the flu shot really give you the flu?

September 11, 2014

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The short answer is here is NO. There is no direct “cause-effect” relationship between receiving the flu vaccine and being infected with influenza(aka “flu”). However, here are some reasons why someone may have flu after they have been vaccinated: The flu shot can cause mild side effects that are sometimes mistaken for flu: Most influenza vaccines […]

What the DEA rescheduling of Hydrocodone products to Schedule II means for you

August 25, 2014

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In the U.S, there is a progressive five-category system put in place by the congress for controlled substances, classified as Schedule I through V. There are classed in decreasing order of potential psychological or physical dependence, where Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence and Schedule V drugs have the lowest potential […]

What we know so far about the Ebola “secret serum” drug – ZMapp™

August 5, 2014

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ZMapp™ was formulated in January 2014 by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., of San Diego, California, a company founded in 2003 that focuses on “unmet needs in global health and biodefense”. It was then produced in Owensboro, KY by a company named Kentucky BioProcessing. It is grown in specially modified leaves of tobacco (Nicotiana bethamiana), which are “infected” with a […]