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Antibiotics for everyone!

A report this week in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that, whether you knew it or not, lots (really, lots) of your patients are/were/will be taking antibiotics.1 Patients might not consider these medications relevant to their rehabilitation, but … Continue reading

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NMEs of 2012

Before much more of  2013 slips by, here’s a review of the newly-FDA approved drugs of 2012. More specifically, we’re talking about NMEs or “new molecular entities”, as opposed to old drugs repackaged for new indications or reformulated for new routes … Continue reading

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Lorcaserin approved by FDA

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the weight loss drug lorcaserin (Belviq®, Arena Pharmaceuticals). This is the first approval for an obesity treatment since orlistat (Xenical®) in 1999. The effect on weight loss is modest (3-5%) and the … Continue reading

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Oh, the Medicines You’ll Take!

An Update on Pediatric Drug Utilization Drugs aren’t just for grown ups, but it would appear that kids are being prescribed fewer medications than they used to be back in the day, all the way back in 2002.1 The data, published … Continue reading

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Adverse drug events in the ICU – do they happen and do they matter?

Physical Therapists in Intensive Care With all the talk lately about early mobilization in the ICU (a recent systematic review, Amy Pawlik’s standing room only presentation at CSM 2012), it’s evident that physical therapists and other rehabilitation professionals are only … Continue reading

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Twelve trillion, four hundred forty billion…

Does that number mean anything to you? Probably not, and that’s probably OK. But should it? Probably, and here’s why. That number is an estimate, a very rough estimate, of the number of medication doses, both prescription and over the … Continue reading

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Enough (acetaminophen) is enough

As of yesterday, it got a little harder to take too much Tylenol®.  NPR reported on their Health blog Shots, that McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a division of Johnson & Johnson , is going to change the labeling on Extra Strength Tylenol® … Continue reading

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NSAIDs, even over-the-counter, not to be taken lightly

Have you ever suggested that a patient take an over-the-counter (OTC) anti-inflammatory or analgesic? Aside from the fact that prescribing medication is outside of the scope of physical therapist practice, the number of reasons against making a casual recommendation that … Continue reading

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ARISTOTLE says “nyah nyah – nah nah nah” to warfarin

The search for an alternative to the pain-in-the-### that is warfarin goes on. There are some promising candidates. The FDA approved dabigatran (Pradaxa™), a direct thrombin inhibitor, back in November of last year. It has its pros and cons. In … Continue reading

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Dodo birds and 80 mg of simvastatin

High doses of simvastatin have gone the way of those famous birds from Mauritius as of two weeks ago. The FDA released a statement on June 8th recommending that the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin not be prescribed at the 80 mg … Continue reading

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