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The Honest Apothecary

Hobby Lobby and the Politics of Prevention

 

By Jason Poquette, Bpharm, R.Ph

I’ve never been a big fan of heated political debates.  On my blog I much prefer to focus on topics that provide helpful resources to patients and health care professionals alike.  But the recent Supreme Court decision about Hobby Lobby and their right to not cover certain forms of contraception has received so much attention that silence seems impossible.  Since the issue... Read More

Hot Weather Concerns and Prescription Medication

by Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

Gertrude Jekyll, the British artist and horticulturist, once wrote “What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.”  We’re in June, the birthplace of summer, but for all its beauty it can still be something of a beast... Read More

CVS Quits Smoking - Should You?

by Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

In a virtually unprecedented move among the largest retail pharmacy chains in our country, CVS pharmacy recently announced it would discontinue the sale of tobacco products by the end of this year.  The move is predicted to take upwards of 2 billion dollars of revenue out of their stores.  Though that is less than 2% of their total operating budget, a couple billion dollars is a pretty signi... Read More

Is Marijuana Really Good Medicine for Massachusetts?

by Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

Our current culture seems crazy about cannabis.  Access to this supposed “wonder weed” is spreading throughout the country, with 20 states now legalizing the purchase for medical purposes, two of which allow the sale for recreational use.  Massachusetts voted in November of 2012 to join the fray, and recently gave official approval to 20 not-for-profit businesses to operate dispensaries for... Read More

Alzheimer’s Disease and Vitamin E

by Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD), first described by German physician Alois Alzheimer in 1906 and so named in 1910, is a degenerative condition causing progressive memory loss affecting over 5 million patients in the U.S.  Incidents of Alzheimer’s disease rise with age, and with the number of individuals aged 65 years or older expected to double over the next 40 years, prevention and treatment are... Read More

Will Your Doctor Suggest a Statin?

by Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph.

According to some interpretations of the latest recommendations issued just last month by the ACC (American College of Cardiology) and AHA (American Heart Association), doctors may be recommending statins more often in days to come.  These new guidelines were released Tuesday, November 12, and are already drawing sharp criticism.  What’s new in these recommendations is the... Read More

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