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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 […]

Should prescription drugs be advertised on TV?

May 19, 2014

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It usually goes a little something like this: [A young attractive lady in black sits on a park bench looking depressed, then a pretty animated butterfly comes around and perches on her nose, immediately perking up the depressed lady. Her outfit is suddenly transformed to a pretty pink color, signalling the end of her drab emotional […]

Got drugs? Dispose of them next week using the National Take-Back initiative

April 20, 2014

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Got drugs laying around the house that you have no use for? Do you wonder what to do with prescription medications that have been left behind by deceased family members? Are you spring cleaning your cabinets and getting rid of expired medications? Are you worried about friends and family members abusing your old medications? If […]

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 […]

Diagnosed with diabetes? Time to put your “big boy” panties on!

March 27, 2014

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Yesterday alone, I counselled 3 newly diagnosed diabetes patients under the age of 30. They were teary, scared, confused and felt almost hopeless. In addition to showing them how to “painlessly” prick their finger, and suggesting ways to get over the gag reflex of seeing their own blood; reassuring them that they could still live […]

10 ways to survive this spring allergy season

March 12, 2014

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Last Sunday, we “sprung forward” and a few of us uttered a deep groan – spring is literally in the air, in form of pollen. It’s that time of the year again; noses blocked, eyes watery and crusty, skin dry, and we’re sneezing up a storm. Let’s face it, even though this is one of […]

Diclegis: a new pill for morning sickness

August 2, 2013

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Key Points Approved: April 8, 2013 Generic ingredients: 10mg Doxylamine succinate and 10mg pyridoxine hydrocholoride Indication: Nausea and Vomiting associated with pregnancy in women whose symptoms do not improve with conservative management strategies Dosage instructions: two tablets (20mg) at bedtime on an empty stomach with a full glass of water Maximum dosage: 4 tablets a day […]