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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 […]

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. […]

Happy Independence day!

July 4, 2014

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Happy 4th of July! Hope everyone is having a safe holiday weekend

Haiti Diaries #6: The Haiti the media didn’t show you

May 7, 2014

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Even though there is a large slum area in Haiti and that is what is largely shown by the media, there are also several beautiful attractions. In-between clinic schedules, the team took a few breaks to enjoy the city, and I was happy to see how much the Haitian government and people had invested in […]

Why Dr. Oz is the bane of every pharmacists existence

May 6, 2014

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It usually starts with “I saw this on Dr. Oz, do you have it in your pharmacy?” “What do you mean you don’t have it?…he said I could find it at any pharmacy!” {Insert pharmacist face palm} If I had a dollar for every time someone came in to ask for a Dr. Oz concoction, […]

Haiti diaries #5: Cité Soleil – Part 2 (THE PHARMACY)

May 1, 2014

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Each medical team visiting the clinic is responsible for stocking the pharmacy for their own use, and once again, I want to say a very big THANK YOU to all the donors who helped our team with providing medications for the pharmacy. For our one week stay, we spent roughly $2000 to stock our pharmacy, […]

Haiti diaries #4: Cité Soleil – Part 1 (THE CLINIC)

April 22, 2014

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Cité Soleil is one of the poorest, and most dangerous parts of Port-au-Prince. The trash, waste and living conditions are so poor in this area that no water is suitable for drinking except what MICECC provides. Cité Soleil is also where the H.O.M. clinic is located. Hidden behind the high walls of a gated compound, the clinic is made up […]

Haiti Diaries #3: Welcome to the Republic of Haiti

April 20, 2014

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“Bonjou…Sa fè lontan!” – “Hello…Long time no see!” So I got back from Port-Au-Prince last night (hence the drought in blog posts) and AMAZING is an understatement for my experience. I have so much to share, but I will try not to bore/overwhelm you all with the minor details. However if you ever get a sudden […]

Haiti Diaries #2: Packing List

April 10, 2014

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So I’m usually a last minute packer, but I decided to do things a little different this time. Mainly because this is not a vacation where I could easily walk to the gift shop to buy items I forgot. And also because I am really trying to be a more organized person in 2014 (that […]

Are you allergic to that drug or did you just have an adverse reaction?

April 9, 2014

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Whenever I get to building a profile for a new patient, one of the questions I ask is “Are you allergic to any medication?” Many times the answer is YES, but my follow up question “What kind of reaction did you have?” usually turns my documentation into a NO. Why is that? you ask. It’s […]