Pharmacy

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Surge in heroin use tied to prescription opioid abuse, according to CDC

Heroin use has increased a staggering 63 percent over the last 10 years according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That increase, according to the agency, is closely tied to the growing abuse of prescription opioids; an alarming 45 percent of Americans addicted to heroin are also addicted to prescription opioids.

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How generic drugs save Americans $3 billion a week

For many consumers generics are a cost-effective alternative to pricier brand-name prescription drugs. But are they as effective?

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Addressing public health abroad: Aggies team up to provide health services in Ecuador

This summer, an interdisciplinary group of Aggies - composed of students from the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, College of Medicine, College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy - spent a week abroad providing basic health services to residents of Guamaní, Ecuador.

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Texas A&M Health Science Center celebrates largest graduating class in history

Texas A&M Health Science Center graduated 639 students at commencement ceremonies across the state last month. This is the largest graduating class to date, and is indicative of Texas A&M’s commitment to educate exceptional health care leaders in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, public health and medical sciences.

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Advil, Aleve and Tylenol: What’s the difference?

Advil, Aleve and Tylenol are all common over-the-counter pain-relievers and fever-reducers that are often viewed as interchangeable. However, there are certain situations when one medication may work better than the others. To help navigate when to choose which of these common over-the-counter medications, Dr. Potter offers some information about each pain and fever-reducer.

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Shingles: What is it and why should I get vaccinated?

Almost one out of every three individuals will develop shingles during their lifetime, according to the CDC. Shingles, otherwise known as herpes zoster, causes a painful, blistering rash that can have complications that last for months or even years afterwards. However, shingles doesn’t have to be inevitable: there is a vaccine, Zostavax, recommended for anyone over the age of 60.

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Health Science Center announces 2015 Commencement ceremonies, speakers

State and national healthcare leaders will address students graduating in medicine, nursing, public health, pharmacy and dentistry.

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The pressure is on: Disaster Day teaches students how to work together in an emergency

More than 400 students from colleges throughout the Texas A&M Health Science Center and Blinn College participated in the 2015 edition of Disaster Day, an annual exercise designed to give future health care professionals experience working together in an emergency.

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Q&A: An important step forward for Rx drug abuse

Every 25 seconds, someone loses their life to a prescription drug overdose; and in 2012, drug overdoses were the leading cause of injury death among 25-to-64 year olds. Pharmacist Bree Watzak discusses what the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy is doing to prepare students to combat prescription drug abuse that leads to overdoses, and what national initiatives are on the horizon.

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