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Clinician’s Corner: ‘Stomach Drugs’

Back in November we talked about the fact that Tagamet was the first billion-dollar drug.  The second drug to reach the billion-dollar drug rank was Zantac. By 1990 Zantac hit the two-billion-dollar mark.  In the 1980’s there was a lot of interest in developing drugs for peptic ulcers, along...

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Clinician’s Corner: Tamiflu

Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) has been available for treatment of the flu since 1999.  It works by preventing flu viruses from spreading from infected cells to other healthy cells. So far this flu season of 2018, influenza viruses have been susceptible to the neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral medications, which also includes zanamivir (Relenza®),...

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Clinician’s Corner: Nausea of Pregnancy

Often referred to as “morning sickness” 75-80% of pregnant patients complain of morning or evening nausea. The peak time for morning sickness is in the first trimester between weeks 5-12 of pregnancy. Most women experience this discomfort, and by adjusting diet or routines, have minimal difficulty as resolution occurs...

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Clinician’s Corner: New Labeling of Vitamins

Our vitamin section will be changing.  Because of FDA mandatory label changes, the measurements in “international units” will be phased out.  One of our most popular fat-soluble vitamins is Vitamin-D-2000iu, soon that will be replaced with Vitamin-D 50mcg.  There is no difference between these two products.  The new labeling...

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Clinician’s Corner: Vomiting Causes

Vomiting is a protective reflex that allows us to rid ourselves of ingested toxins or poisons. There are five principle neurotransmitter receptors responsible for vomiting.   Your Thompson Pharmacist is familiar with the mechanism of action of all of the nausea medications. Who invited these guys to my Christmas Party…? ...

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