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Clinician’s Corner: Cough Treatment

As we continue to exchange germs, lets expand on last week’s discussion of treatment of cough.  There are two sites of action for the treatment of cough.  Remember that a cough is our body’s way of removing that which doesn’t belong in our lungs.  The first decision to be...

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Clinician’s Corner: Doxycycline

I got an e-mail message this past week from one of my former Physician Assistant students:  A pharm question for you: Are there any major differences between doxycycline monohydrate and doxy hyclate? Many patients wind up with GI side effects and call in stating they can’t tolerate the medicine....

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Black Friday 2016 Deals All Week!

Thompson Pharmacy offers Black Friday deals all week long! We are closed Thanksgiving Day. Don’t forget, you can visit with Santa 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Nov 26th at Hollidaysburg and Nov 27th at Chestnut Avenue. Click here to download the 2016 Black Friday flyer!

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Clinician’s Corner: Hair Loss Drugs

Last week we discussed the three phases that our hair cycles through.  The telogen phase is when the hair is “at rest”. Telogen effluvium (TE) results from changes in follicular cycling that leads to the excessive shedding of telogen hairs. A wide variety of endogenous and exogenous factors have...

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Clinician’s Corner: Hair Growth

As this seasoned pharmacist gets older a lot of changes in the hairline have occurred.  When my barber cuts my hair, the trimmings are a lot whiter and the pile seems to be smaller.  We get questions about hair loss, and could some of the drugs we dispense cause...

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Clinician’s Corner: Red Yeast Rice (RYR)

Red yeast rice (RYR) (Monascus purpureus) is a nutraceutical that lowers LDL-C levels by 20 to 30 percent.  Red yeast rice is a fermented rice product that has been used in Chinese cuisine (like Peking duck) and medicinally to promote “blood circulation”. Because it is a “natural product “patients...

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