In difficult economic times, it’s tempting to look for ways to save money by purchasing expensive medications online. However, many online pharmacies are fake and their products can cause more harm than good. The AWARxE consumer protection program aims to educate and raise public awareness about rogue Internet drug outlets, counterfeit drug dangers, prescription drug misuse and abuse, and medication safety. Supported by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Foundation, AWARxE information is developed to reach all consumers and encourages the public to rely on pharmacists for credible information on medication safety, Internet pharmacies, and counterfeit medications.
Almost half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug . Over 20% of the population takes three or more prescription drugs a month . Not taking a medication — or taking too much or too little — can actually make many conditions worse. Drug interactions can also make a drug ineffective or cause serious adverse reactions.
How much do you know about the medicines you’re taking?
What is your prescription drug IQ?
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Are Doctors Super Human? | Brain Blogger
Do as I say, not as I do. When it comes to sleep, that’s the attitude of the medical profession. Indeed, a recent study found that interns and doctors are still expected to work ridiculously long hours in hospitals.
Are Headphones Safe for Your Ears? | Center on Media and Child Health
iPods and headphones are ubiquitous today. But are they safe?
Marketing Science in the Public Square | Tomorrow’s Table
The media is the predominant source of science information and can have a huge impact on how the public views the risks and benefits of scientific research. If we don’t want public awareness of scientific research to disappear, science needs to be marketed in broader media settings.
Adult Stem Cells and Stroke | Mary Meets Dolly
Rebecca Taylor reports on a recent study finding that stem cells from bone marrow help reduce stroke damage in mice in a surprising way.
13 Secrets from Your Pharmacist | Living Healthy | Reader’s Digest
Reader’s Digest shares pharmacy secretes, telling us what to keep in mind the next time you visit the pharmacy counter.
Caveat Emptor: Drugs and the Free Market | Secundum Artem
N.B. explores drugs and the free market in an excellent post about the FDA cracking down on unapproved “cancer cures”. Let the buyer beware.
Could Your Heart Medicine Cause Cancer? | Doctor David’s Blog
Dr. David Loeb reviews published clinical trial data on Vytorin and cautions against the use of newly approved FDA drugs.
You’re Never Too Old To Learn Computer Skills | Dr Shock MD PhD
You can teach an old health consumer new skills. Dr. Shock describes a study to increase e-health use among older adults.