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Canadian Deprescribing Network

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A very large proportion (probably most) of the emails I get concern a medications (or several medications) that the emailer is not sure they should be taking, and from the (limited) information the emailer usually can provide, it invariably seems to me that the writer is right to question the continuing use of that medication. […]

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Wasting eye drops

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I recently had a cataract operations that was accompanied by a several-week regimen of taking eye drops several times every day, and although I focussed hard on doing the job right, I spilled more eye drops onto my cheeks than I managed to get into my eyes. Yes, I am a klutz but that had […]

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Watch Out: Don’t judge a drug by its TV ads

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Ever wonder why those drug ads on TV go on and on and on and on, boring you to tears by listing every single possible side effect and potential negative consequence of taking that drug (“boring to tears” is a well-known common side effect of drug advertising, by the way)? Easy: Listing every single thing […]

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Watch Out: When taking new drugs

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According to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine , when the US FDA approves a new drug, it requires the manufacturer of that product to do post-marketing surveillance about safety in the general population mostly because pre-marketing studies often restrict entry to many groups of people who will ultimately get those […]

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Be careful about your meds

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According to a new report from the U.S. National Poison Data System which was discussed in Science Daily, adult Americans are making more and more dosing errors when it comes to their use of medication. No surprise, really, when you consider that compared to just a few years ago, so many more people are getting […]