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  • Fluoride Frustrations In Pharmacy (2.2mg??)

    This post is a continuation of our little series of commonly confused medications in the retail pharmacy setting.  The series is especially meant for new pharmacists, pharmacy students or pharmacy techs.  For those who are keeping track, this is #4 in the series.  Here are the links to the previous posts:...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Diltiazem Dilemmas – Why So Many Diltiazems?

    Having worked in the retail pharmacy atmosphere for over 20 years, and having trained (or ruined?) more pharmacists and technicians than I care to admit, I know that certain sections of the pharmacy strike terror into the heart of many young, eager professionals.  One such section is the...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Helping Patients Afford ProAir RespiClick

    efore I begin this post I want to make it clear that I do NOT in any way work for the manufacturer (Teva) of the newest albuterol inhaler known as the ProAir® RespiClick.  I haven’t been paid to write this blog post.  And if you happen to see any ads for the ProAir RespiClick on this …...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Confused by Bupropion Strengths?

    This is the second post in a little series of commonly confusing drugs in the retail pharmacy setting.  The first post was on the often confusing generic versions of Depakote and Depakote ER.  In this post I would like to clear up a little confusion that virtually every new pharmacy technician and...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Confused by Divalproex DR vs. Divalproex ER?

    I’m going to begin a little series of posts, though they won’t be consecutive, on commonly confused or mixed up drugs in a retail pharmacy.  I’m not thinking primarily about drugs that simply sound alike or bottles that look alike.  Those are a concern.  But I’m thinking more...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Lidocaine Patches and Prior Authorizations

    If the conversation has happened once, it has sadly happened a million times: Patient:  “Hi, my name is Mr. Smith, I’m here to pick up my prescription.” Pharmacist or Tech:  “Okay.  Great.  Let’s see.  Oh….The doctor prescribed you something known as a Lidocaine...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Opioid Nonabusers – An Inconvenient Truth?

    hile opioid abuse, overdose and death are undoubtedly a growing problem in the U.S., there seems to be another side to the opioid story that remains untold.  We are captivated and alarmed and even outraged by the rampant spread of addiction to narcotics, but we remain largely unmoved by the numbers of...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Opioid Abuse & The Missing Information

    n any given morning I can open up my laptop and find probably half a dozen articles on our opioid abuse problem going on in the U.S.  The words in the headlines change, but the content and message are sadly always the same: Opioid and heroin addiction are rampant. Sometimes the article is simply reporting...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • AbbVie, Gilead Throw Punches in HCV Boxing Match

    “You’re gonna eat lightnin’, and you’re gonna crap thunder” shouted Mickey, Rocky’s boxing coach, as he pushed his pupil to become the most dangerous fighter in the ring. Those of us who remember the drama of this movie match between the Italian Stallion and Apollo Creed might think that...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Prescription Medications That Cause Weight Gain

    When it comes to gaining weight most of us have no shortage of excuses.  However, the truth is that slimming down IS harder under certain circumstances.  One of those circumstances is the medication you may be taking.  As a pharmacist I sometimes get asked about side effects, and one of the more...

    Author : Jason Poquette