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This just in from David B. Brushwood, RPh, JD, Professor of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. David said, “we could use your help promoting the programs to anyone you know who might be interested.” So, I know you and since you read this blog, you might be interested…

One of the drawbacks to writing under a pseudonym is that when people around you do well, it’s sort of dodgy how you can use the blog to congratulate them publicly. In fact, dear readers might ask: “Why bother putting this up on the blog?” Well, I’m just proud – like a parent – like…

The safety and effectiveness of medicines and other health products is dependent upon their proper use, particularly the proper route of administration. There are reasons why products are labeled as “for topical use only” or “do not swallow” – two recent warnings from the US FDA illustrate these issues. Allergic Reactions with Use/Misuse of Denture…

As a pharmacy professor, I’ve been surprised at how few blogs out there are written by pharmacists or pharmacy students. In my subjective observations, there are tons of blogs written by physicians and nurses. There are about 200,000 registered pharmacists in the US, about one-fourth the number of physicians so it’s not as though pharmacists…

The other day I noted news of the Texas compounding pharmacy mistake that led to three deaths when an injectable colchicine preparation was found to be ten times more concentrated than labeled. Several readers commented on the reasons for the mistake, but I may have found another. The source illustrating my pet peeve is the…

While the blogosphere buzz is the potential anti-obesity therapy put forth by Ron Evans’ group to turn on PPAR-delta, I was reminded of shortcomings in our nation’s drug distribution system from the FDA Medwatch program. (I’ve written about this topic before here and here.). The latest alert regards a mix-up of weight loss drugs: MedWatch…

Yes, the decimal point matters

This sad story harkens back to my days as a pharmacy prof when students would argue for points on an incorrect pharmaceutical calculations exam by saying, “well, only the decimal point was off.” A pharmacy erroneously made a drug 10 times more potent than intended, which killed three people who received it at an Oregon…

More health news from Canada

For your Saturday morning reading pleasure, here are two articles following up on my dichloroacetate (DCA) and bogus internet pharmacy death posts this week. Each was recommended by my clandestine operative from the Great White North, PharmCanuck: Canadian cancer society warns of untested drug Heather Logan, the director of cancer control policy at the society…

It’s been just over a month since we last discussed cases of misfilled internet prescriptions and misbehavior by a US drug wholesaling firm. Yesterday, Sandra Kiume at OmniBrain told us about the death of a woman in British Columbia from what sounds like another case of terribly misrepresented drugs purchased over the internet (a second…

For those who have been asking over the last couple of days, here are the oath of a pharmacist as recited at US colleges of pharmacy and a code of ethics adopted in 1994 by the then-American Pharmaceutical Association (now the American Pharmacists Association; still APhA). There seems to be a strong focus on the…