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Medications and Supplements

Get a rundown of the different pharmaceutical products pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and clerks dispense, prepare and sell. These include prescription drugs that require patient counseling, over-the-counter drugs, homeopathic treatments, dietary supplements, vitamins and medical marijuana.
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Brand Name Drugs Overview
Learn what distinguishes a branded pharmaceutical product from a generic drug or OTC remedy.

Generic Drugs: Know the Benefits and Differences of Generic Drugs
This article written for patients explains what generic prescription medications are and why they cost less than brand name equivalents.

Generic Drugs: Are They as Safe and Effective as Brand-Name Drugs?
Drawing on U.S. Food and Drug Administration information, this article defines and gives examples of therapeutically equivalent pharmaceutical products.

Generic Drug Trends: Are We Headed for an All-Generic Drug Pharmacopeia?
New regulations and heath insurance reforms, especially in Medicaid and Medicare, encourage officials, doctors, pharmacists and patients to prefer generics over brand name drugs.

What Are Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, or APIs?
The chemical in a prescription or over-the-counter drug that makes it effective is its active pharmaceutical ingredient. The same name is applied to a drug's API and its generic version.

How Are OTC Drug Ads Regulated? Does It Matter?
The Federal Trade Commission, rather than the Food and Drug Administration, regulates advertisements for nonprescription medications.

What Are Dietary Supplements and How Are They Regulated?
Vitamins, mineral, herbals, botanicals and enzymes sold in the United States must be manufactured and marketed in compliance with a federal law known as DSHEA.

Homeopathic Medicine: Why All the Controversy?
Find out why some patients prefer using homeopathic preparations rather than prescription medications, generic drugs or over-the-counter remedies.

Controlled Substances: What DEA and State Drug Schedules Mean for Pharmacists
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration maintains a list of controlled substances divided in five categories, and each state has a separate schedule of potentially addictive and harmful drugs.

The Health Effects of Marijuana
Learn what THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana, and smoke from marijuana cigarettes can do to your brain, heart and lungs.

What Is Medical Marijuana?
A growing number of states allow pharmacies and licensed dispensaries to sell marijuana for therapeutic uses such as relieving chronic pain and treating glaucoma.

Biosimilars and Obamacare: A Role for Pharmacists FAQ
Pharmacists have essential roles to play in ensuring that patients get the greatest health benefits from biosimilars and that insurers realize the greatest savings with follow-on biologics.

Sterile Compounding Guidelines: Standards, Equipment and Contracting
The most comprehensive guidelines for sterile compounding are spelled out in a U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention document titled USP 797.

What Is Nonsterile Drug Compounding?
Examples include liquids made for babies who cannot swallow tablets and ointments mixed for pets.

How Does FDA Regulate Drug Compounding by Pharmacies?
U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules regarding whether pharmacy-made compounded drugs must be approved by the agency and labeled in accordance with FDA regulations differ from those enforced for pharmaceutical manufacturers.

How to Earn Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation
Earning Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board accreditation requires a pharmacy to pass an on-site inspection every three years by demonstrating that all active pharmaceutical ingredients meet the highest standards for potency and purity.

How to Prevent Drug Compounding Errors
Preventing medication errors involving compounded drugs requires pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to pay close attention at every step of the process.

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