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Where Do Pharmacists Practice?

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What Do Drug Side Effect Terms Mean? Part 5, Septicemia to Xerostemia

Patients, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can all find the language used in drug labeling confusing and confounding. Warnings and lists of side effects in prescribing information and on packages are essentially useless if no one understands them. This goes double for U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved medication guides. Knowing what the medical and technical terms mean in plain English helps everyone use medications safely and with the best health effects. To cut through the fog, I've created this glossary of adverse reaction names and terminology. I have also linked to the National Library of Medicine's official medical dictionary.

Osphena (Ospemifene) Approved for Reducing Painful Sex After Menopause

The medication, which will be marketed by Shionogi Inc., acts like estrogen in women's bodies, strenghtening and triggering lubrication of vaginal tissues.

Second New HoFH Drug Cleared by FDA

Kynamro (mipomersen sodium) injection from Genzyme and Isis joins Aegerion's Juxtapid (lomitapide) as recently approved medications specifically indicated to treat homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia.

What Do Drug Side Effect Terms Mean? Part 4, Nasopharyngitis to RPLS

Technical terms for drug side effects can be difficult for patients, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to understand. Having straightforward definitions can help people stay safe while realizing the greatest benefits from medications. To help make the meanings for warnings and lists of side effects included on prescription drug package inserts and medication guides for U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs clearer, I’ve put together this selected glossary of terms used to name adverse reactions. I have also linked to the medical dictionary used by the National Library of Medicine.

What Do Drug Side Effect Terms Mean? Part 3, Hypercalcemia to Myelosuppression

Prescription drug package inserts and medication guides for U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs often include language that does more to confuse patients, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians than to educate medication users. Defining words and phrases frequently used to identify drug side effects and adverse events in simple English is essential. Additional terminology can be found through a link to the National Library of Medicine’s medical dictionary.

Pharmacist Among 15 Arrested for Oxycodone Prescription Fraud in Colorado

Narcotic painkillers were illegaly obtained with forged orders and resold on the black market, according to the state attorney general.

What Do Drug Side Effect Terms Mean? Part 2, Dysgeusia to Hepatic Toxicity

Patients, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can understandably get lost trying to understand all the essential information in U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved prescription drug prescribing information package inserts and medication guides. The scientific terminology and technical medical language used often does more to confuse than educate users and health care providers about side effects and adverse events. This multipart mini glossary presents plain English definitions of words and phrases frequently used in describing problems medications can cause. The complete National Library of Medicine medical dictionary is also linked.

What Do Drug Side Effect Terms Mean? Part 1, ALT/AST to Bronchospasm

Language used in prescribing information package inserts and medication guides for U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved prescription drugs can be confusing for patients, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. This glossary of medical terms provides plain English definitions of words and phrases frequently used to identify drug side effects and adverse events. A link to the medical dictionary maintained by the National Library of Medicine is included.

How to Prevent Thefts From Pharmacies

Preventing the theft of money and medications from pharmacies in chain, retail, hospital, clinic and mail-service setting requires a combination of physical security features, software programs and personnel interventions. Federally controlled substances such as Schedule II narcotic painkillers are particularly prone to be targeted during armed robberies committed by addicts. This article points to pharmacy safety checklists, pharmacy software resources and information on how to conduct criminal background checks and pre-employment reference checks.

Contaminated Compounded Drugs Continue Making Headlines

Massachusetts pharmacists and pharmacy technicians could need new specialty licenses to prepare sterile customized dosage forms.

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