Dietary Supplements and Drug Interactions

Betty Chaffee/ July 15, 2020/ Dietary Supplements, Drug interactions, Medication safety/ 2 comments

Dietary supplements are popular among adults in the United States.  About 75% of us take at least one supplement, and many of us take several. Dietary supplements are a big money-maker, too, with over $30 billion in revenue in 2019. We take supplements for a variety of reasons, from doctors’ recommendations to persuasive advertisements, and everything in between. We’ve talked in past articles about the looser regulations for supplements compared

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National Drug Take-Back Day is here again!

Betty Chaffee/ October 25, 2019/ Medication safety/ 2 comments

Tomorrow, Saturday the 26th of October, will be the second National Drug Take-Back Day of 2019. In honor of this event, here’s a reprise of an article published in April, with a few important revisions!   National Drug Take-Back Day is here again. It’s being held Saturday, October 26th. Seems like there’s a National Day for just about every activity, doesn’t it? But honestly, this one’s really important, and every

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Health Information for Emergency Responders

Betty Chaffee/ May 22, 2019/ Medication safety, Medication Therapy Management, Self management/ 3 comments

Emergency responders  — No one wants to need them, but we’re all glad they’re there for us when we do. In an emergency, first responders work fast to pinpoint the problem and begin treatment. Availability of accurate health information helps them to make good decisions, and make them quickly. But what do they do if the victim isn’t conscious, or isn’t able to give information? What if there’s no friend

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Daily Aspirin — Still the Best Way to Stay Healthy?

Betty Chaffee/ April 29, 2019/ Medication safety, Self management/ 2 comments

You may have read articles or heard news reports with new information about the effectiveness of daily aspirin. Pharmacists like me are getting questions about it routinely since new research results were published last year. Millions of adults take aspirin daily to prevent stroke and heart attack. Some started taking it on their own after hearing about its benefits; others started at the recommendation of their health care provider. And

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