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Drug Take Backs

Drug Take Backs

President Donald Trump recently declared the opioid epidemic a national state of emergency and has called on tasks forces, law enforcement agencies, and community members to actively participate in the removal of highly-addictive narcotics from the streets. As I’ve...
Statins and Pharmacogenomics

Statins and Pharmacogenomics

For many Americans, statins are a literal life saver. Doctors prescribe statins to patients of theirs with high levels of LDLs, commonly known as the “bad” cholesterol, to prevent cholesterol build-ups from becoming full-blown clogged arteries. By...
Pharmacogenomics, Blood Pressure, and Big Data

Pharmacogenomics, Blood Pressure, and Big Data

It’s 2017, and pharmacists, doctors, and nurses alike still haven’t cracked the code for how to tell which medicines for managing blood pressure work for which patients and why. High blood pressure is an issue that plagues nearly a third of the adult population in the...
Predicting Adverse Drug Reactions

Predicting Adverse Drug Reactions

Adverse drug reactions, or ADRs, are harmful side effects of medications. Studies have shown anywhere from five to thirty percent of patients experience some form of adverse drug reaction. Common manifestations of ADRs include rashes, hives, itching, fever, swelling,...
Codeine and Tramadol

Codeine and Tramadol

Last month, the FDA released its official decision to ban the sale of Codeine and Tramadol to children under the age of 12 and highly restrict usage for individuals ages 12-18. The decision also strongly advised pregnant women against taking medications with either...
Pharmacogenomics and Pain Tolerance

Pharmacogenomics and Pain Tolerance

Evolutionarily, the sensation of pain exists to alert us that something is wrong with our bodies. From a burning sensation when we touch a hot pan to the sourness that churns in our tummies when we drink spoiled milk, pain makes us aware that we need to pay attention...