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Why Won’t the Pharmacy Fill My Buprenorphine Prescription? Oct 19th, 2020

Great efforts have been made to decrease the damage from the opioid abuse epidemic by supporting treatment with a very effective drug buprenorphine. However, patients cannot be treated if pharmacies will not fill their buprenorphine prescriptions. Many pharmacies do not stock buprenorphine and many pharmacies ration the drug or even...

Call me ASAP if you think you have influenza: 2019 - 2020 influenza update Jan 3rd, 2020

Call your physician as soon as possible if you think you have influenza (cough, sore throat, fever, muscle and body aches) because early treatment of influenza with antiviral drugs, as soon as possible but ideally within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, can decrease the severity and duration of...

Is combining Buprenorphine and Benzodiazepines hazardous?  Dec 16th, 2019

When buprenorphine was first introduced in the US and until recently, benzodiazepines such as Xanax (alprazolam) and Valium (diazepam) were thought to be  inadvisable or dangerous in patients receiving treatment with opiates, including buprenorphine, for opioid use disorders.  This is an important issue because buprenorphine and methadone are widely prescribed...

Imprisoned pharmaceutical investor Martin Shkreli put in solitary confinement for illicit cell use Jun 26th, 2019

Pharmaceutical investor Martin Shkreli, already in prison for securities fraud, was transferred to solitary confinement in March for using a contraband cellphone to run his drug company Phoenixus AG from jail. Shkreli, known as “Pharma Bro”, is in federal prison in Fort Dix, New Jersey where rules forbid conducting business...

Does Marijuana Lower IQ? Jun 3rd, 2019

Who was ever harmed by smoking a little weed?  Right?  Wrong.  Good research shows that people who start smoking marijuana, or cannabis, regularly when they are in their teens and continue into their twenties have a later permanent decrease in IQ.  The decrease does not seem to be reversible even...

Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Jun 3rd, 2019

Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders Often Produces Dramatic and Life-Changing Benefits  Although there is a national epidemic of opioid misuse and overdoses, treatment is effective. The most effective treatment is medication-assisted treatment (MAT) which involves prescribing a daily medication for the patient. Although this prescribed drug has ssome of the...