It’s Here! Allergy Season That Is

If you’ve worked in a community pharmacy before it’s not hard to tell by looking at the shelves when allergy season hits. The disorganized allergy section gives it away. Within the last few weeks I’ve been bombarded with many of the same questions. All related to allergies. Some questions, although not initially concerning to allergies ...

23andme: Results

23andme: Results
  So I think I had waited around 6 or 7 weeks for my results but they’re finally here. I decided I would just highlight the main parts of my results since the amount of information that becomes available to you is enormous. When the results are populated on the personalized website, they’re broken up ...

23andme.com: Update

So I had plans of writing a series of blog posts chronicling the process of the 23andme.com do-it-yourself genetic testing. I still have plans of doing just that. However, it’s been taking a lot longer than I had anticipated.   I had submited my saliva sample and the company received it and started the process ...

Overuse of Antibiotics

Overuse of Antibiotics
The overuse of antibiotics is one thing I wish everyone would start paying attention to. It seems more and more that I’m dispensing prescriptions for ‘bronchitis’, ‘chest infections’, ‘colds’, or ‘sinus infections’. I hear a lot of misinformation out there in the general public. Even after explaining why someone doesn’t need antibiotics I can tell ...

Labelling of Non-Prescription Drugs

Labelling of Non-Prescription Drugs
The labelling of non-prescription drugs has really gotten out of control. I did a post a while back about the confusion regarding cough and cold products. During cough and cold season this became particularly frustrating for me. Someone would come to the pharmacy counter holding the exact same products (in terms of medicinal ingredients) and ...

Plan b Side Effects, Effectiveness, Myths and Cost

Plan b Side Effects, Effectiveness, Myths and Cost
I was thinking about doing a post on the emergency contraceptive Plan B. I probably talk about this over-the-counter medication to people more than other OTC medications. Most common questions involve plan b side effects, effectiveness, and cost. I usually try to mention a couple common myths too. But instead of writing a traditional blog ...

Health Benefits of Papaya – Featured Food

Health Benefits of Papaya - Featured Food
          I’ve just recently developed a taste for papaya. For me, they’re unique in their texture, smell and taste. I wondered about the potential health benefits of papaya. I wasn’t exposed to exotic fruits like this when I was growing up. In fact, I don’t think I paid any attention to ...

Adderall Abuse

Adderall Abuse
I suspect Adderall®(amphetamine) abuse will be talked about in the media for the next couple of months. Just like Oxycontin was, Adderall is the next prescription medication to be put under the spotlight. There has been a few highly publicized cases of deaths, suicides, and psychotic behaviours relating to Adderall abuse. Articles, blogs and popular ...

Gluten Schmuten 2

Gluten Schmuten
Gluten free diets are becoming very common. But what a lot of people don’t know is that eliminating gluten from your diet will only benefit those who have Celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Celebrities have promoted gluten-free diets as the new age health trend. Eliminate gluten to purify and cleanse your body! Boost your energy ...

Pharmacy: Top 5 Commonly Asked Questions

The pharmacy is a place where people can access a medical professional without having an appointment. (Although, this probably will be changing within the next 10 years). I think we are far too accessible. Pharmacy is not a place to come to when you’ve an open bleeding wound and want someone to bandage you up. ...