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Treating lower back pain – new guidelines!

By Jason Poquette,
BPharm, R.Ph

Of all the types of pain that pester patients, lower back pain may be the most pestering of them all. Nearly 30% of American adults admit to having some degree of lower back pain in the past 3 months. Lower back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. And Americans spend a lot of green backs treating bad backs, upwards of $50 billion each year.

No wonder the Ame... Read More

Could Amazon fill your next prescription?

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

The online mega-business that virtually owns the book and e-reader markets, now has its eye on pharmacy. According to reports, Amazon is in the process of developing a mail-order pharmacy services which could offer consumers another option for filling their monthly prescriptions. In a recent article, USA Today wrote that “Amazon has been holding annual meetings on whether it should consider... Read More

Sweet dreams: Insomnia options appear elusive

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

William Shakespeare appears to have understood the discomfort of chronic insomnia when he wrote “O sleep! O gentle sleep! Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frighted thee that thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down?” But you don’t need to be a poet to appreciate the value of a good night’s sleep. According to information provided by the National Institute of Health, depending on your definitio... Read More

Weight loss help from the pharmacy?

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

So how are those New Year’s Resolutions coming along?  If you are like millions of other Americans you have included some sort of weight loss goal on your list.  This isn’t surprising.  According to statistics from the National Institute of Health, nearly two-thirds of adults are overweight and one-third qualify as obese based on BMI (body mass index). This results in numerous health-related... Read More

Cranberries for UTI? Maybe Not

Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner.  Like others, I’m already anticipating a scrumptious feast including turkey, stuffing and of course, cranberry sauce!

But cranberry producers in Massachusetts might not be pleased with the results of a recent study suggesting cranberry products are really not effective at treating or preventing a UTI (urinary tract infection).  The study, published in the Journal of the American... Read More

Do genes determine your response to drugs?

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

Brad Pitt reportedly claimed to be “one of those people you hate because of genetics.” I’m not sure about that, but I do know that genetics determine much more than our good looks or acting talent.  In fact, they have a profound impact on the way individual patients respond to drugs. This field of study is known as pharmacogenomics, and understanding the unique genetic char... Read More

Anger Erupts Over Soaring EpiPen® Prices

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, RPh

Drug manufacturer Mylan Labs has come under severe fire lately for the steep price increases for their prescription-only product known as the EpiPen®.  The EpiPen®, a life-saving auto-injection of the drug epinephrine, is used by children and adults at risk of anaphylaxis from severe allergic reactions caused by things like insect stings or food allergies.  The EpiPen® is intended to... Read More

Treating Caterpillar-Rash

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph
Literary caterpillars, like the hookah-smoking blue caterpillar in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, may be quite amusing.  But the recent outbreak of caterpillars across New England has been anything but entertaining, and even has some patients heading for the doctor.  If you have been outdoors at all in the past month or so you have probably seen some of these caterpillars falling from the t... Read More

What is a Naloxone Rescue Kit?

Currently hundreds of pharmacies across Massachusetts carry something known as a Naloxone Rescue Kit.  At many locations these can be obtained without a prescription due to something known as a “standing order.”  The pharmacy that I personally manage has these kits available for any patients who request one.  They save lives, as attested to by many news stories like the one a few days ago about a New York City police off... Read More

Asthma, Allergies and Every Breath You Take

When The Police released their popular 1983 hit, Every Breath You Take, I don’t think they had asthma or allergies on their mind.  But for those who suffer from these conditions, every breath you take is often on your mind.

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.  Many organizations like the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and the AAFA (Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America) have... Read More

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