The traditional image of a pharmacist is someone who compounds and dispenses medications in a retail setting. That image, as well as the pharmacist's role in health care, is changing.
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Colds, flu, and most sore throats and bronchitis are caused by viruses. Antibiotics do not help fight viruses. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment.
ANN ARBOR, MI -We have all had that dizzy feeling of random head spins once in a while. Maybe you felt it when you suddenly stood up after sitting down for a long time. Or when you were looking up to search for something on a top shelf.
Now, imagine what it would be like to feel that dizzy and off-balance for minutes, hours, days or even years. This kind of serious dizziness, called vertigo, makes life miserable for millions of people each year, and keeps some from driving or working. It starts without warning for no apparent reason, and comes and goes.
Many people with vertigo and related balance problems never get effective treatment, or even a firm diagnosis. They may not even seek a doctor's help.
Varicose veins are enlarged superficial veins that are visible just under the skin. They can be hereditary or brought on during pregnancy. They can be caused by physical trauma or, very rarely, the result of a tumor. Varicose veins can affect men, but are most common in women.
Influenza, or the flu, causes 20,000 deaths in the US every year. As Americans worry about many infections that are more potential than probable, the common flu may not be getting the concern it deserves.
The announcement that the drug Vioxx was being pulled from pharmacy shelves because of heart and stroke risks left a lot of pain patients stunned, confused and worried. Some are even wondering if they should abandon medications that are in the same family as Vioxx.
Dosing in Long-Term Cancer Studies Suspended Due to Increased Cardiovascular Risk in One Study; Preliminary Analysis of Second Long-Term Cancer Study Shows No Increased Cardiovascular Risks.\n
Don't let your holidays be ruined by the "gift" of a cold or flu virus, says UM doctor who offers tips for avoiding and coping with common viruses.\n
Your primary care provider is usually an internal medicine physician whose task is to assist you in preventing disease and maintaining your health. An internist is by definition a diagnostician, a person who attempts to identify the cause of your symptoms.
Flu can affect 10 to 30 percent of the U.S. population each winter. The flu virus can linger in the air for as long as three hours. In close quarters, conditions are ripe for the spread of the virus.
Extremely cold temperatures often accompany a winter storm, so you may have to cope with power failures and icy roads. Although staying indoors as much as possible can help reduce the risk of car crashes and falls on the ice, you may also face indoor hazards.
Tips and Warnings for Consumers. With hundreds of drug-dispensing Websites in business, how can consumers tell which sites are legitimate ones, especially when it is very easy to set up a site that is very professional looking and promises deep discounts or a minimum of hassles?
Stenting With Emboli-Protection Filter as Effective as Traditional Surgery to Clear Blocked Neck Arteries
A minimally invasive procedure to clear plaque-filled neck arteries is as effective as traditional surgery in patients at high risk for open surgery, according to new Cleveland Clinic-led research. The minimally invasive treatment uses a stent in combination with a special filter to catch any emboli, or bits of plaque, that break free during the procedure.\n
When it comes to buying prescription drugs online, Canada is dealing with some of the same regulatory challenges that occur in the United States. In May, the Ontario College of Pharmacists announced that it laid charges against The Canadian Drug Store Inc. for operating an illegal Internet pharmacy based in Toronto. The store, which was filling prescriptions written by U.S. doctors for U.S. residents, was charged along with one of its directors with unlawfully operating an unaccredited pharmacy without registered pharmacists.
Greg Thompson, Pharm.D, a pharmacy professor at the University of Southern California, agrees. "Getting drugs from Canada under the doctor's orders is different than getting drugs from Mexico on your own," he says. "Regulations in Mexico aren't as strict." But even if you obtain drugs from a place or in a manner that you consider to be safe, according to the FDA, you are almost always obtaining unapproved drugs.\n
Although importing unapproved prescription drugs is illegal, the FDA's guidance on importing prescription drugs for personal use recognizes that there may be circumstances in which the FDA can exercise discretion to not take action against the illegal importation.
The FD&C Act also states that prescription drugs made in the United States and exported to a foreign country can only be re-imported by the drug's original manufacturer. Even when original manufacturers re-import drugs, the drugs must be real, properly handled, and relabeled for sale in the United States if necessary.
Under the FD&C Act, the interstate shipment of any prescription drug that lacks required FDA approval is illegal. Interstate shipment includes importation--bringing drugs from a foreign country into the United States. Drugs sold in the United States also must have proper labeling that conforms with the FDA's requirements, and must be made in accordance with good manufacturing practices.\n
Whether you're searching for a cheaper price or dodging the doctor's office, the FDA warns against using unapproved drugs. And just because a drug is approved in a foreign country, that doesn't mean it's approved in the United States. Drug standards and regulations vary from country to country and the FDA is responsible only for those marketed and sold inside the United States.
Quality assurance concerns. Medications that have not been approved for sale in the United States may not have been manufactured under quality assurance procedures designed to produce a safe and effective product.
The existing flu vaccine supplies should be given to protect people who are at greatest risk from serious complications from influenza disease. Everyone in this group should seek vaccination\n
FDA does not recommend the use of any vaccine beyond the labeled expiration date. The primary purpose of the expiration date is to ensure that vaccines used in clinical practice meet their release specifications, which ensures that they continue to be safe and efficacious. Release specifications include potency (strength), content of excipients, and sterility.
Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious disease that is caused by influenza viruses. Influenza viruses infect the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs) in humans. The flu is different from a cold, mainly because the symptoms and complications are more severe. Influenza usually comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms: fever, headache, malaise (a feeling of being ill and without energy that can be extreme), cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches.
Asthma can be a serous and often frightening condition that is typified by a tightening of the chest, wheezing and difficulty breathing. Asthma is made up of two underlying components: inflammation and constriction. During normal breathing, the bands of muscles that surround the airways are relaxed, and air moves freely.
What causes migraines is still somewhat of a mystery. Doctors believe that it has to do with the blood vessels in the head contracting and then expanding. This happens from time to time to most people, but with migraineurs this tends to be more intense and painful. The exact cycle of events taking place in our brains during a migraine attack is still not fully understood.
Pelvic pain is a widespread chronic pain condition that affects the lives of men and women all across the world. But most people don't realize how big the problem is because those who suffer don't talk about it.