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  • December 16, 2015
  • 09:34 PM
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Medical Societies Discuss Dramatic Increase In Prices For Older Medications For Infectious Diseases

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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  • November 24, 2011
  • 02:00 PM
  • 1,201 views

Do Antioxidant Supplements Negate the Beneficial Effects of Exercise?

by Scott Gavura in Skeptic North

I have skeptical confession to make. I was once a panacea-seeking antioxidant-taker. As background, I’m a marathon runner and occasional triathlete. Several years ago, I was training for an Ironman triathlon, and banking 20+ hours of intense exercise per week. That may sound absurd to many (it does to me, now that I have kids) [...]


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  • August 1, 2011
  • 09:18 AM
  • 1,975 views

Salt: More confirmation bias for your preferred narrative

by Scott in Science-Based Pharmacy

Judging by the recent press reports, the latest Cochrane review reveals that everything we’ve been told about eating salt, and cardiovascular disease, is wrong: The New York Times: Nostrums: Cutting Salt Has Little Effect on Heart Risk The Daily Mail: Cutting back on salt ‘does not make you healthier’ (despite nanny state warnings) Scientific American: [...]... Read more »

  • July 10, 2011
  • 06:38 PM
  • 2,165 views

Vaccine Confidence: Attitudes and Actions

by Scott in Science-Based Pharmacy

Few groups are more hazardous to public health than the anti-vaccine movement — because there’s a body count affiliated with their actions. When vaccination rates drop, communicable diseases re-emerge, and people suffer. While anti-vaccine sentiment will probably persist as long as vaccines are around, we’re fortunate that vaccination rates, on balance, remain very high. In [...]... Read more »

Kennedy A, Lavail K, Nowak G, Basket M, & Landry S. (2011) Confidence about vaccines in the United States: understanding parents' perceptions. Health affairs (Project Hope), 30(6), 1151-9. PMID: 21653969  

  • June 9, 2011
  • 07:49 PM
  • 1,655 views

Placebos as Medicine: The Ethics of Homeopathy

by Scott in Science-Based Pharmacy

Is it ever ethical to provide a placebo treatment? What about when that placebo is homeopathy? Last month at Science-Based Medicine I blogged about the frequency of placebo prescribing by physicians. I admitted my personal discomfort, stating I’d refuse to dispense any prescription that would require me to deceive the patient. The discussion continued in [...]... Read more »

  • May 14, 2011
  • 03:20 PM
  • 2,008 views

Counting the Placebo Prescriptions

by Scott in Science-Based Pharmacy

How frequently are placebos prescribed and dispensed? I blogged earlier this week about Tom Blackwell’s recent article in the National Post on the prevalence of placebo prescriptions. The authors of the paper Blackwell summarized suggest that one in five physicians actively use placebos. Even if they’re being used sporadically, that’s a lot more use than [...]... Read more »

  • April 28, 2011
  • 11:00 PM
  • 2,085 views

Do Calcium Supplements Cause Heart Attacks?

by Scott in Science-Based Pharmacy

Calcium is good for us, right? Milk products are great sources of calcium, and we’re told to emphasize milk products in our diets. Don’t (or can’t) eat enough dairy? Calcium supplements are very popular, especially among women seeking to minimize their risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis prevention and treatment guidelines recommend calcium and vitamin D as [...]... Read more »

  • March 3, 2011
  • 09:00 AM
  • 2,011 views

Topical NSAIDs

by Scott in Science-Based Pharmacy

I have a mental basket of drugs that I suspect may be placebos. In that basket were the topical versions of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). When the first products were commercially marketed over a decade ago, I found the clinical evidence unconvincing, and I suspected that the modestly positive effects were probably due to simply [...]... Read more »

Haroutiunian, S., Drennan, D., & Lipman, A. (2010) Topical NSAID Therapy for Musculoskeletal Pain. Pain Medicine, 11(4), 535-549. DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-4637.2010.00809.x  

Trelle S, Reichenbach S, Wandel S, Hildebrand P, Tschannen B, Villiger PM, Egger M, & Jüni P. (2011) Cardiovascular safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: network meta-analysis. BMJ (Clinical research ed.). PMID: 21224324  

  • February 1, 2011
  • 12:59 AM
  • 1,670 views

Celebrating Two Years of SBP

by Scott in Science-Based Pharmacy

Science-Based Pharmacy hits its second birthday today.  Two years ago it started with this post on homeopathy, which I recognized as the most ludicrous “health” product I’d ever seen sold in a pharmacy, and one I felt seriously compromised the credibility of the pharmacy profession.  That assessment still stands. After two years, homeopathy remains as [...]... Read more »

Clauson KA, Ekins J, & Goncz CE. (2010) Use of blogs by pharmacists. American journal of health-system pharmacy : AJHP : official journal of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 67(23), 2043-8. PMID: 21098377  

  • January 20, 2011
  • 09:00 AM
  • 1,794 views

The risks of CAM: How much do we know?

by Scott in Science-Based Pharmacy

Working in pharmacies where supplements are sold alongside traditional (over-the-counter) medications, I’m regularly astonished at the different perceptions consumers can have about the relative efficacy and safety of different types of products. Once, speaking with a customer about a medical condition she wanted to treat, I indicated that there were no effective non-prescription therapies — [...]... Read more »

  • January 20, 2011
  • 08:45 AM
  • 2,135 views

The risks of CAM: How much do we know?

by Scott Gavura in Science-Based Medicine

Working in pharmacies where supplements are sold alongside traditional (over-the-counter) medications, I’m regularly astonished at the different perceptions consumers can have about the relative efficacy and safety of different types of products. Once, speaking with a customer about a medical condition she wanted to treat, I indicated that there were no effective non-prescription therapies — [...]... Read more »

  • January 6, 2011
  • 09:00 AM
  • 2,189 views

Energy Drinks

by Scott in Science-Based Pharmacy

My stimulant of choice is coffee. I started drinking it in first-year university, and never looked back. A tiny four-cup coffee maker became my reliable companion right through graduate school. But since I stopped needing to drink a pot at a time, an entirely new category of products has appeared — the energy drink. Targeting [...]... Read more »

  • January 6, 2011
  • 07:00 AM
  • 2,880 views

Energy Drinks

by Scott Gavura in Science-Based Medicine

My stimulant of choice is coffee. I started drinking it in first-year university, and never looked back. A tiny four-cup coffee maker became my reliable companion right through graduate school. But since I stopped needing to drink a pot at a time, an entirely new category of products has appeared — the energy drink. Targeting [...]... Read more »

  • December 28, 2010
  • 08:00 AM
  • 2,071 views

Echinacea for Colds and the Flu

by Scott in Science-Based Pharmacy

Colds and the flu (influenza) are among the most frequent and universal illnesses we all experience. Yet we don’t have any truly effective treatments for them. Sure, there are plenty of products available to treat the symptoms. And there are vaccines and some prescription treatments for influenza, which have modest effects.  But it would be nice if there was something that reliably [...]... Read more »

Barrett B, Brown R, Rakel D, Mundt M, Bone K, Barlow S, & Ewers T. (2010) Echinacea for treating the common cold: a randomized trial. Annals of internal medicine, 153(12), 769-77. PMID: 21173411  

  • December 23, 2010
  • 07:00 AM
  • 3,646 views

Vaccines are a pain: What to do about it

by Scott Gavura in Science-Based Medicine

As much as I support vaccines, I see the short term consequences. Vaccines can be painful. Kids don’t like them, and parents don’t like seeing their children suffer. That this transient pain is the most common consequence of gaining  protection from fatal illnesses seems like a fair trade-off to me. But that’s not the case [...]... Read more »

Taddio A, Appleton M, Bortolussi R, Chambers C, Dubey V, Halperin S, Hanrahan A, Ipp M, Lockett D, Macdonald N.... (2010) Reducing the pain of childhood vaccination: an evidence-based clinical practice guideline (summary). CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal , 182(18), 1989-95. PMID: 21098067  

  • December 23, 2010
  • 07:00 AM
  • 2,080 views

Vaccines are a pain: What to do about it

by Scott in Science-Based Pharmacy

As much as I support vaccines, I see the short term consequences. Vaccines can be painful. Kids don’t like them, and parents don’t like seeing their children suffer. That this transient pain is the most common consequence of gaining protection from fatal illnesses seems like a fair trade-off to me. But that’s not the case [...]... Read more »

Taddio A, Appleton M, Bortolussi R, Chambers C, Dubey V, Halperin S, Hanrahan A, Ipp M, Lockett D, Macdonald N.... (2010) Reducing the pain of childhood vaccination: an evidence-based clinical practice guideline (summary). CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal , 182(18), 1989-95. PMID: 21098067  

  • December 9, 2010
  • 08:30 AM
  • 1,769 views

Good Idea, Bad Execution: Dosing Errors, A Preventable Harm

by Scott in Science-Based Pharmacy

Crossposted at Science-Based Medicine, today’s post expands on a prior SBP post. Our desire to practice in a science-based way can face many hurdles, and can even be thwarted at the last possible moment – in the form of dosing errors. The workup may have been comprehensive, the diagnosis could be correct, the most clinically [...]... Read more »

Yin HS, Mendelsohn AL, Wolf MS, Parker RM, Fierman A, van Schaick L, Bazan IS, Kline MD, & Dreyer BP. (2010) Parents' medication administration errors: role of dosing instruments and health literacy. Archives of pediatrics , 164(2), 181-6. PMID: 20124148  

  • December 9, 2010
  • 08:00 AM
  • 2,570 views

Good Idea, Bad Execution: Dosing Errors, A Preventable Harm

by Scott Gavura in Science-Based Medicine

We spend a lot time at SBM discussing different elements of the art and science of medicine, and how we believe that practice can be improve. Yet our science-based intentions can be thwarted at the last possible moment – in the form of dosing errors. The workup may have been comprehensive, the diagnosis could be [...]... Read more »

Yin HS, Mendelsohn AL, Wolf MS, Parker RM, Fierman A, van Schaick L, Bazan IS, Kline MD, & Dreyer BP. (2010) Parents' medication administration errors: role of dosing instruments and health literacy. Archives of pediatrics , 164(2), 181-6. PMID: 20124148  

  • December 8, 2010
  • 04:11 PM
  • 2,131 views

Impact of regulation of Community Pharmacies on efficiency, access and equity. Evidence from the UK and Spain

by Amir Rashid in Pharmacy Commitment PhD

An interesting study by Lluch & Kanavos (2009) in which they examine the regulation of community pharmacies in two context, the UK and Spain. Lluch & Kanavos contend that in the early part of this century in the EU there appears to have been an increasing move toward deregulation in community pharmacy with the view [...]... Read more »

  • December 2, 2010
  • 09:50 PM
  • 2,585 views

The great boundary crossing: Perceptions on training pharmacists as supplementary prescribers in the UK

by Amir Rashid in Pharmacy Commitment PhD

An interesting study by Tann, et al (2010). They argue that, once the preserve of the medical profession, prescribing rights have now been extended to others including pharmacists. However in this paper the authors concentrate on one form of “non medical” prescribing by pharmacists, namely supplementary prescribing, which is carried out in partnership, with mostly, [...]... Read more »

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