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The Honest Apothecary

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

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

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