19 posts categorized "Drug safety"

01/08/2019

The Citizens' Voice: Naloxone can be a legitimate lifesaver

Gretchen Welby P’92 contributed to a column on the lifesaving effects of Naloxone. The column was circulated by The Citizens’ Voice in Wilkes Barre and the Scranton Times-Tribune in Scranton. It was also published online.

11/08/2017

Dr. Dan Hussar weighs in: Are business tactics at some pharmacies risking your health?"

Dr. Dan Hussar was interviewed for a story on KSDK in St. Louis about the pressure some pharmacists are under to fill prescription quotas while trying to balance patient care.
 
From the report:    
 
Dan Hussar is a nationally-known expert and teacher of pharmacology at Philadelphia’s University of the Sciences. He told 5 On Your Side that the pace and pressure of prescription quotas appear to be having an impact on accuracy.

Among other things, he points to figures from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Adverse Event Reporting System. It shows reported medication errors have increased by 450% since 2010.

“The frequency of these errors is increasing greatly,” Dr. Hussar said. “I've heard some pharmacists say, ‘It's a blur as to what happened during the day and I can only pray I didn't make any serious mistakes.’"

09/27/2016

Philadelphia Inquirer: Common Myths When Managing a Poisoning at Home

University of the Sciences students Hong Sik Yoon PharmD'17 and Diana Dao PharmD'17 penned a guest blog on Philly.com about common myths when managing a poisoning at home. Both students are in a rotation at the Poison Control Center at the Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania. 

Read the post here.

11/13/2015

Philadelphia Business Journal: The $1 million one-shot cure

Spark Therapeutics is expected to seek approval next year for a gene therapy to cure a disease that leads to blindness. Dr. Dan Hussar, a professor of pharmacy at the University of the Sciences, said multiple factors come into play when a pharmaceutical company sets a price for a new product—but no one standard method exists.

Read more at Philadelphia Business Journal: The $1 million one-shot cure

10/27/2015

Philadelphia Inquirer: Phila. baby's chemo overdose could point to safety lesson

One standard safeguard, experts say, is to have at least one other pharmacist redo - not merely verify - the dosage calculation. In particular, a second individual should double-check the accuracy, said Daniel Hussar, a professor of pharmacy at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.

Read more: Philly Inquirer: Phila. baby's chemo overdose could point to safety lessons

03/09/2015

CBS Philly: Health: What Happens When Drugs Expire?

Pain relievers are good for everything from a headache to a bad back.  So what happens, when you reach for some Ibuprofen, but it’s expired. Can you still take it? Will it work? Some drugs should be stable for long periods of time, says Dr. Daniel Hussar, professor of pharmacy at the University of the Sciences.

Read: CBS Philly: Health: What Happens When Drugs Expire?

01/09/2015

6abc: Colleges Work To Stop Spread Of Flu Virus

As the flu virus continues to go around, University of the Sciences is urging students and staff there to take precautions against the flu. This segment features biology professor Dr. Stacey Gorski and some USciences students.

Read/watch: 6abc: Colleges Work To Stop Spread Of Flu Virus

Pharmacy professor Dr. Dan Hussar was also featured on NBC10 and discussed Tamiflu for a flu season story. Click here to watch the segment.

12/03/2014

WGAL-8: Antibiotics often improperly prescribed

Alumnus Scott Hershey PharmD'14, a pharmacist at Darrenkamp's Pharmacy in Elizabethtown, Pa., says antibiotics are one of the most prescribed non-maintenance meds seen in pharmacies. Click here to watch.

Read/watch: WGAL-8: Antibiotics often improperly prescribed

07/30/2014

KYW Newsradio: New Oxycodone Pill Designed to Prevent Abuse

The FDA has approved an oxycodone pill designed to deter abuse. Dr. Daniel Hussar, professor of pharmacy at University of the Sciences says the pill attacks pain when swallowed as prescribed, but if the user snorts or injects it, the naloxone will take effect. Listen to the audio clip here.

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05/15/2014

WHYY: What is the long-term health impact of pharmaceuticals in our water?

Dr. Julie Becker, a public health expert at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, weighs in on this issue.

The story ran on WHYY’s The Pulse.

The national program Here & Now also ran the story, air date May 22.