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Drugs in Pregnancy

Drugs in Pregnancy

By Ron Conte Pregnancy is a very complex condition. So many factors can disrupt a pregnancy and lead to fetal abnormalities, even death. Drugs could be one of those factors. The study of drugs that may interfere and harm fetal development is known as teratogenicity. This term is used to describe effects of drugs taken […]

Drug Treatment for Alzheimer’s

Drug Treatment for Alzheimer’s

Ron Conte, Pharm.D. There are many types of dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common type comprising sixty to eight percent of patients diagnosed with dementia. Currently there are 5 million people in the U.S. diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Fifty percent of all people over the age of 85 will develop Alzheimer’s. Dementia is defined as a […]

Preventative Medicine: Vaccine

Preventative Medicine: Vaccine

Ron Conte, Pharm.D. What a boon to the good health of society to have vaccines available to prevent the deleterious and, at times, fatal outcomes of infections. Vaccinating children prevents approximately 2.5 million deaths per year. According to The World Health Organization (WHO) there are a total of twenty-six serious illnesses for which vaccines have […]

Drug Information: How to find it

Drug Information: How to find it

By Ron Conte, Pharm.D. Drug information can be found just about anywhere. Up to date data can be extracted from the internet—PubMed, Medscape, and others; from your pharmacist; your physician or other healthcare providers; your health insurance hot line and related publications; as well as from magazines and journals; and your local poison control center. […]

Top Ten U.S. Prescription Drugs

Top Ten U.S. Prescription Drugs

Ron Conte, Pharm.D. There are two ways to look at the top drugs prescribed in the United States. One way is to look at the drugs producing the most revenue in a given year: Top Ten Revenue Producing Drugs in U.S. Drug Primary Indication Humira Rheumatoid Arthritis Eylea Macular Degeneration Revlimid Transfusion-Dependent Anemia due to […]

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. […]

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