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Clinician’s Corner: Antacid Warnings

Last week’s column seemed like a chemistry lesson, lets get down to the information that impacts you our patient! All the reactions had one thing in common, generation of a chloride salt: aluminum chloride, magnesium chloride, calcium chloride or sodium chloride.  Many of our patients can experience adverse effects...

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Clinician’s Corner: Antacids

Before we had drugs Proton Pump Inhibitors (Prilosec, Protonix and others) and H2RA (Tagamet, Petpcid and Zantac), antacid therapy was all that was available for stomach ulcers. Most patients always had a bottle of Maalox (mag/alum hydroxide) or Mylanta in their medicine cabinets, work lockers and even in their...

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William D. Thompson III Wins Pitt’s Distinguished Alumni Award

Over fifty years ago, the family-owned business known as Thompson Pharmacy began in Altoona.  Today, Thompson Pharmacy employs 150 employees and owns five retail pharmacies in Blair and Centre Counties.  Thompson Pharmacy also operates a Long Term Care Pharmacy that services approximately 3000 beds in Long-Term Care facilities in...

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Clinician’s Corner: Treatment of Stomach Ulcers

Cimetidine (Tagamet®) was the first billion-dollar drug released back in the 1970’s for treatment of stomach ulcers. Ranitidine (Zantac®) was introduced in US market in 1983 and was the world’s biggest-selling prescription drug by 1987. It has since largely been superseded by the even more effective proton-pump inhibitors, with...

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Clinician’s Corner: Stomach Acid

Back when I started practicing pharmacy the histamine-2 receptor antagonists (H2RA) were just in their infancy. Physicians and patients rejoiced when we had drugs to suppress stomach acid.  General surgeons whose bread and butter were gastrectomy procedures due to stomach ulcers were maybe not quite so excited. Tagamet was...

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Clinician’s Corner: Pinworm Treatments

Last week we discussed prescription treatment options for pinworm infestation.  We explored treatment options such as Emverm®  (mebendazole) and Albenza (albendazole).  Both products were extremely expensive costing as much as $400.00 for initial treatment, followed by a second dose in two weeks. Your Thompson Pharmacist can step in and...

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Clinician’s Corner: Pinworm Infections

Pinworm infections are caused by a small, thin, white roundworm called Enterobius vermicularis. This infection affects all people, especially children, institutionalized persons, and household members of persons with pinworm infection. Pinworms are spread by humans, and not by pets! Epidemiology Mode of transmission: Pinworms are transmitted from fecal to hand...

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