Normally, I try to give advice that combines the benefits of my education, work experience, and living with food allergies, but today I want to talk about a frustration I have with a gap in medical knowledge and what appears to be a gap in medical research.
I recently read about a study conducted at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Victoria, Australia. The study’s preliminary findings indicate that children may develop allergies in utero. Continue reading
Homa Woodrum, over at her blog ohmadeeness, recently posted that numerous people are receiving short dated Epipen® and Auvi-Q®. Short dating refers to an expiration date that will expire relatively soon. Getting a short dated medication is not always a negative experience since most medications will be consumed or otherwise used within 30 to 90 days. However, as needed, or PRN medications, should not be dispensed if short dated unless absolutely necessary such as in the event of a long-term manufacturer back order, emergency event, or if the patient absolutely needs the product immediately and cannot wait for an order to be placed. PRN medications include epinephrine, albuterol rescue inhalers, nitroglycerin, and others. Continue reading
Having multiple epinephrine auto-injectors (EAI) choices available is a wonderful thing for the patient/individual; not so much for the teacher or school nurse but that topic will need discussed in another post. EAI selection is a personal choice based on a number of factors: price, feel, perceived ease of use, size, etc. These preferences may change or evolve with time just as our lives change. Continue reading
I have been invited to my cousin’s baby shower this weekend which got me thinking about my standard baby shower gifts. These gifts are partially influenced by my pharmacy background but, more so, by my son E.
I remember one brutal night before my son turned one. He began vomiting and I freaked out, just a little. Ok a lot. And even though I had been a pharmacist for years, I called my Mommy. Continue reading
No, this is not the next book on your toddler’s reading list. It’s something much more fun. And by fun, I mean completely boring, but really useful in the pharmacy world. Continue reading
Pharmacy Basics will be a reoccurring segment about, what else, Pharmacy Basics. This post is very long but very important, please read it all. You may get bored. Feel free to pause in the middle to watch your favorite sitcom or look at pictures of cute kittens, but come back because the information is worth it. Continue reading