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Archive for the ‘Prescription Drugs’ Category

Self-Medication: Dangers and Drivers

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Posted on May 1st, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Drug Related Adverse Effects, Patient Tools, Prescription Drugs

"In the United States, around 1 out of every 10 people who are at least 12 years old abused an illicit drug in the month leading up to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health."(NSDUH) And that's not even counting the legal drugs that are... Continue Reading »

Drug Abuse Among the Elderly

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The Opiod Epidemic is bad - and getting worse - but it's not the only drug problem this country has Prescription drug use in America is out of control. That's not to say that I'm anti-medication by any means. Prescription drugs can literally be... Continue Reading »

October is Talk About Your Medicines Month

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Posted on October 24th, 2017 by Teri Dreher, under Polypharmacology, Prescription Drugs, Tips & Resources

Talk About Your Medicines Month The National Council on Patient Information and Education started the annual Talk About Your Medicines Month over 30 years ago.  The primary focus was on better communication between consumers and their healthcare... Continue Reading »

Medications: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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Posted on May 2nd, 2016 by Teri Dreher, under Prescription Drugs, Tips & Resources

Very few will argue that medications have the potential to prevent, modify, and cure disease and improve the length and qualify of life.  But are there down sides to these medications?  To quote an old Western movie title, we need to consider the... Continue Reading »

“Hey, those aren’t my pills! “ A story of medication mix-up and lessons learned.

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Posted on April 19th, 2016 by Teri Dreher, under Prescription Drugs, Take Charge

Josephine*, a 78 year old active grandma of 5, had recently survived a massive heart attack. She had spent 28 days in the Intensive Care Unit, being treated for the heart attack in addition to many complications—respiratory failure, cardiogenic... Continue Reading »

Keeping Medication Costs Down

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Posted on January 4th, 2016 by Teri Dreher, under Prescription Drugs, Tips & Resources

Prescription drug prices are on the rise, and consumers are angry! To understand the “why” of any price increases in healthcare today, one has to understand the national impact that the Affordable Care Act has had on providers, insurers, and... Continue Reading »

The Best Medication Websites

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Posted on May 14th, 2012 by Teri Dreher, under Prescription Drugs, Tips & Resources

A client of mine recently noticed some abnormal bleeding after being on a stable regimen of blood thinners for several years. Upon further investigation, we realized that the bleeding was due to a new antibiotic that had added to his low dose... Continue Reading »