Drug Injury

Pharmacist Changes May Reduce Drug Injuries

Pharmacists are highly trained professionals. They are proficient in biology, chemistry, public health, and pharmacology. They are trained to dispense prescription drugs, while also advising patients and physicians about drug interactions, dosages, and side effects. Some pharmacists also compound new medicines by mixing ingredients. But lately, these drug experts have been stuck behind the counter …

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Kids Have More Accidental Drug Poisonings

This is a frightening new statistic:  Between 2001 and 2008, the number of accidental drug poisonings surged 22 percent among children ages 5 and younger. According to research published in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers gathered data on more than half a million cases reported to the poison control center. In 95 percent of cases, …

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Strong Cautions on Bone-Building Drugs

About 4 million women in the United States—more than 10 percent of women over age 50—take medications called bisphosphonates as a treatment for osteoporosis or osteopenia (pre-osteoporosis). Unfortunately, many of those women may not have been informed about the risks of these so-called bone-building drugs. There are serious risks associated with these medications…risks that aren’t …

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