Why is it a good idea to have a locking medication cabinet to store your medications? To reduce access and avoid accidental poisonings. A majority of kids get access to prescription drugs for misuse or abuse from their own home, a relative’s home or a friend’s home. Install the locking cabinet on a closet or wall out of Read more about Locked Medicine Cabinets[…]
According to the National Institutes of Health- Office of Dietary Supplements, Americans spent over $36 billion on dietary supplements in 2014.
The 2015 Council for Responsible Nutrition survey, states 68% of US adults take a “dietary supplement” and 85% are confident about the safety, quality and effectiveness of “vitamins and minerals”.
However, dietary supplements are NOT regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This means the manufacturers are responsible for labeling, quality, and safety standards. Why is this a concern?
As a pharmacist, I am often asked regarding proper medication storage. Most medications that do not require refrigeration should be stored at controlled room temperatures- in a cool dry place. However, when I ask people–“where do you store your medications?” The answer invariably is the medicine cabinet in the bathroom. If you think about the Read more about Medication Storage[…]
“Gray Death” A Deadly Cocktail Author: Linda Law MD For less than $20, you can buy a cocktail—one that includes an elephant tranquilizer and has a good chance of killing you. Sound sensational? “Gray Death” is one of the newer players in the opioid epidemic and its use has led to several deaths. The opioid Read more about “Gray Death” A Deadly Cocktail[…]
Author: Linda Law MD Over the years I was an attending physician in Emergency Departments, it was a common event for patients to bring all their medications to the ER in a brown paper bag. These patients were usually elderly, and their polypharmacy was often a cause of drug-induced symptoms. Polypharmacy is defined as taking Read more about A Treatment for Brown Bag Syndrome—Deprescribing[…]
Author: Ashley Haynes, MD K2 is one of many names for a group of drugs called synthetic cannabinoids. They are often referred to as “synthetic marijuana” or “fake weed”. These drugs are different from marijuana, however, because they are not natural plant material, but man-made chemicals. They act on similar areas of the brain as Read more about What is K2?[…]
Author: Ashley Haynes, MD “Bath Salts” are the common name for a group of drugs called “synthetic cathinones”. These drugs are very similar to amphetamines. Natural cathinone is found in the plant khat, which is not legal to import to the US. Other common names include Cloud Nine, Ivory Wave, Vanilla Sky, Flakka, but hundreds Read more about What Are Bath Salts?[…]
As I mentioned previously, dietary supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and there are no strict labeling standards. In addition, there are hundreds of brands available for any given category . So how do you choose a supplement that is safe, free of contaminants and has the ingredients the label indicates?
First, discuss any supplement needs with your healthcare provider and pharmacist. They can best guide you regarding the need for any supplement and monitor for any side effects or interactions with your current medications. Ask for their suggestions on brands they trust and would recommend. They have years of experience and their own expertise on which brands are safe and effective.