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Drug Effects in the Aging Body

Drug Effects in the Aging Body

Ron Conte, Pharm.D. As I realize the ways my own body is aging, I have thought about how both the desired and undesired effects from drug therapy may be altered. For example, if I take an antihistamine for my seasonal allergy, will I get the same effects as when I was in my 30’s? At […]

Drug Interactions: Keeping Track

Drug Interactions: Keeping Track

By Ron Conte, Pharm.D. Drug interactions are numerous. One drug may interact with another drug or several drugs, also termed a drug-drug interaction. Some drugs will interact with foods (drug-food interaction) while other drugs may interact with a patient’s disease state, or vice versa. Drugs may interact with over-the- counter (OTC, non-prescription) drugs or with […]

A Drug’s Journey Through the Human Body — Part Two

A Drug’s Journey Through the Human Body — Part Two

By Ron Conte, Pharm.D. In my last article I discussed how acetaminophen’s absorption and metabolism occurs in the human body. Although some metabolism of a drug occurs immediately after absorption, it does not mean that metabolism only occurs at that one time throughout the journey. Like distribution and excretion (or elimination), these pharmacokinetic actions occur […]

The FDA Process for New Drug Approval

The FDA Process for New Drug Approval

By Ron Conte, Pharm.D. The drug manufacturing company, also known as a pharmaceutical company, first develops a drug through animal testing. The drug company then submits an Investigational New Drug application (IND) to the FDA to gain approval for human clinical trials. If approved, the drug company conducts Phase I, II, and III clinical trials. […]

Health Benefits of Having Pets

Health Benefits of Having Pets

Nothing compares to the joy of coming home to a loyal companion. The unconditional love of a pet can do more than keep you company. Pets may also decrease stress, improve heart health, and even help children with their emotional and social skills. An estimated 68% of U.S. households have a pet. But who benefits […]

Drug Shortages

Drug Shortages

By Ron Conte, Pharm.D. From the Food and Drugs • Administration (FDA) Web Site • January 15, 2014 All suppliers of sodium chloride intravenous (IV) bags are stating there is a shortage in production. The January FDA notice is a typical drug shortage notice. There have been an alarming number of shortages for the past […]

The Fallacies of Drug Advertisements

The Fallacies of Drug Advertisements

By Ron Conte, Pharm.D. I am sure most of you have seen the plethora of drug advertisements on television, in newspapers, and other media. And, I am also sure some of you have bought non-prescription medications based on these advertisements. You probably even asked your healthcare provider to prescribe a prescription drug for you based […]

The Opioid Crisis, Part I

The Opioid Crisis, Part I

By Ron Conte, Pharm.D. Opioid prescribing doubled from the late 1990s to 2012. With increased opioid usage come increased misuse and diversion as well as higher rates of deaths due to opioid adverse effects. The word ‘opioid’ describes those drugs that can be derived from opium and possess narcotic effects. From recent accounts, 115 Americans […]

The Flu for 2018

The Flu for 2018

Ron Conte, Pharm.D. Just when you think winter’s wrath can do no more harm, the lingering effect of a harsh flu season is upon us. The flu, or influenza, with related conditions has claimed the lives of a reported 84 children so far this season. It is conceivable that this flu will surpass the 148 […]