Words of wisdom from a pharmacist who cares.

We are all used to drug advertisements aimed at consumers. They urge us to ask our doctors about certain prescriptions drugs. But do we really know what we’re asking for? Now more than ever, we need sound advice in determining which drugs and supplements will honestly keep us healthy and young. This website is dedicated to the use of prescription drugs, vitamins, supplements, neutraceuticals and over the counter drugs.

I am a clinical hospital pharmacist and so many times people tell me that their doctor prescribed a drug, but they stopped taking it or never got the prescription filled because they heard incomplete information in the media. My response is usually something like, “Are you crazy? If you stayed on the drug you would have lost weight, or significantly reduced your risk of having a heart attack or preserved your kidneys.” A little bit of knowledge can be dangerous, and that’s what consumers are getting from the media and holistic gurus who exaggerate the effects of herbs, vitamins and supplements.

Salesmen will say and do anything to sell their product, yet they have little medical knowledge. I’m armed with the facts. I am a doctor of pharmacy and have been subscribing for years to newsletters and data banks that report the results of recently published studies. Sometimes the news is good, sometimes it is bad, but most of the time it is both good and bad. Because rarely is a drug or supplement all good or all bad. Chemical products have their place in therapy. They are all appropriate under the right situations. These chemicals are like sunscreen. They are going to benefit some people a lot and some people very little. I plan on telling you when you will benefit a lot and when you won’t. Each chemical product should be carefully chosen on a case-by-case basis and each claim should be backed up with scientific evidence proving its effectiveness.

2 responses to Words of wisdom from a pharmacist who cares.

  1. 

    Dr. Siska:
    I appreciate the time and energy your are putting into this valuable resource. Thanks to the Dietary Supplement Health Education act of 1994, the dietary supplement world is a difficult one to navigate.

    The pharmacy profession has accepted responsibility for providing patient education and counseling in the context of pharmaceutical care to improve patient adherence and reduce medication-related problems.

    With that statement in mind, each and every prescription has its own set of monitoring parameters, side effects, interactions and unique counseling information associated with it. Your community pharmacy is your own personal Medication Information resource.

    Not only do you pick up your prescriptions from your community pharmacy, you also take home with you, from your counseling session with the pharmacist, all of the important information necessary in order to optimize your therapy with that particular medication.

    Keep up the fantastic information!
    Steve Leuck, Pharm.D.
    Owner/President
    AudibleRx

  2. 

    I discovered this blog when my friend dr. Steve Leuck shared it on his Facebook page. I am a pharmacy student, soon a pharmacist to be! I will check out this blog very closely because it contains a lot of useful info! Thank you for the new knowledge I have got and I am looking forward to reading more of your posts. Keep up the good work!

    Luka Tehovnik, MPharm Candidate 2013/2014

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