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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

The Nitty Gritty: Treating Head Lice

The Nitty Gritty: Treating Head Lice
Home remedies, natural products, and alternative therapies are becoming more popular as traditional therapies aren’t working on head lice. School children are being sent home more frequently with infestations than years prior. Nobody knows for certain why, but most experts suspect it’s because the lice are developing resistance to conventional lice treatments. I’ve had numerous ...

The Flu Shot: Top 5 Common Misconceptions

Since select provinces in Canada have passed legislation to allow pharmacists to deliver the annual flu shot I have heard many misconceptions. It’s difficult to offer succinct explanations in my daily interactions with people. So I hope I can nail it here… The yearly flu vaccine has been linked to autism: The british medical journal, ...

It’s Cough And Cold Season! 1

It’s cough and cold season and you know what that means? Lots of coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, sinus pain, fatigue, body aches and pains. Not only that, but big drug companies make a lot of cash from their clever marketing strategies. When making recommendations, I am always surprised at how well their colorful boxes and ...