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New Opioid Laws for Massachusetts

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

From a legislative perspective, no one could accuse Massachusetts of ignoring the growing opioid addiction and overdose epidemic.  Now, in the latest effort, Governor Baker signed into law several new measures to try and stem the tide of this growing problem.  Deaths due to opioid overdose (drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone) have been climbing for years in our state.  Nearly 1,100 conf... Read More

Zika Myths go Viral

It was Mark Twain who quipped that “a lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.”  Maybe lie is a bit too strong a word for some of the uncertain information about Zika virus that is spreading online. Claims that the virus is being transmitted by, or linked to, genetically modified mosquitoes released in Brazil in 2012 have been widely publicized. But other organizations commi... Read More

A Gut Check for Chronic Pain Patients

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

Your stomach may not be happy with your dose of OTC (over the counter) pain medications.  That is the conclusion of a survey recently released by the AGA (American Gastroenterological Association).  The online poll entitled “Gut Check: Know Your Medicine” surveyed over 1,000 U.S. patients and over 250 gastroenterologists about the use and risks of OTC medication when treating chronic pain. ... Read More

Massachusetts and the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

Medical professionals, law enforcement and politicians are scrambling to address what has been called an “opioid overdose epidemic” in Massachusetts.  Deaths related to the misuse of prescription pain relievers like hydrocodone and oxycodone are on the rise.  In 2012 we saw 668 documented cases of opioid-related overdose deaths.  Last year the number was 1089.  And according to some early re... Read More

‘Tis the season...for Medicare Part D!

By Jason Poquette, Bpharm, R.Ph

Soon our green-garbed summer trees will be putting on their golden autumn apparel and covering our dying grass with a blanket of brilliant colors.  We can feel a bit of the nip in the air already.  Fall has arrived, bringing with her all the wonderful things we have come to expect of this time of year in New England: foliage, football and family fun.  And for our seniors, and anyone else eli... Read More

FDA Issues Stronger NSAID Warning

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

In July of this year the FDA issued a stronger warning to patients and providers about the risks associated with very commonly used prescription and OTC products known as NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs).  These products include medicines frequently taken for minor aches and pains such as ibuprofen (i.e. Advil® or MotrinIB®) and naproxen (Aleve®), as well as prescription medici... Read More

FDA Issues Stronger NSAID Warning

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

In July of this year the FDA issued a stronger warning to patients and providers about the risks associated with very commonly used prescription and OTC products known as NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs).  These products include medicines frequently taken for minor aches and pains such as ibuprofen (i.e. Advil® or MotrinIB®) and naproxen (Aleve®), as well as prescription medici... Read More

A Tough Pill to Swallow

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

It may be a tough pill to swallow, but the medical community is finally becoming more aware of the number of patients who have difficulty swallowing tablets and capsules.  A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics (April 14, 2015) revealed the problem may be more widespread than we thought.  According to research, greater than 50% of parents indicate their child co... Read More

Flu shot may have missed the mark

by Jason Poquette, RPh

Maybe you heard the news.  According to sources at the CDC the currently available influenza (flu) vaccines do not contain the Type-A strain that might predominate this flu season.  The result is that even vaccinated people may not be as well protected as we move into the traditional peak season of flu activity over the coming months.  Dr. Alfred DeMaria, an epidemiologist at the Massachusetts Depart... Read More

Popular Medicine and FDA Warnings

by Jason Poquette BPharm, R.Ph

Norman Cousins, the late professor, peace-activist and journalist, once wrote “history is a vast early warning system.”  In medicine, the history of any one particular drug (or class of drugs) is a useful early warning system too.  Consequently, from time to time, the FDA will take a look at the history of a drug and require that new warnings be placed into the prescribing informatio... Read More

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