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Don’t call it “depression”!

October 10, 2015


“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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]